Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Oatmeal made with steel cut oats, maple syrup, and a bit of brown sugar cook up in crockpot overnight for an easy, healthy breakfast recipe.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot oatmeal, Overnight Slow Cooker Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Slow Cooker Oatmeal, Steel Cut Oatmeal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 2 cups steel cut oats no substitution
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups milk any variety
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil or cooking spray or butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • chopped nuts for serving


  • Grease slow cooker by brushing with melted coconut oil.
  • Mix oats, water, milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt together in large slow cooker. Place lid on slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on low for firm texture and 8 hours on low for softer texture. Alternatively, cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  • To serve, dish up oats and top with additional maple syrup and chopped nuts if desired.


  • You MUST use steel cut oats for this slow cooker oatmeal. Regular or quick-cooking oats will not work.
  • Add in up to 1/4 cup flax seed or wheat germ to slow cooker before cooking oatmeal for added fiber.
  • Add in 1-4 scoops of plain protein powder AFTER the oatmeal has cooked in the slow cooker for added protein. 
  • Add in 1 cup plain yogurt to the oatmeal after the cook time for a creamy, calcium rich addition to Crock Pot Oatmeal.
  • I have never had an issue with the steel cut oats burning in my slow cooker. However, each slow cooker is different. If your slow cooker burns the bottom of the oats, just don't stir the burnt bottom into the remaining oatmeal and you can eat the rest of the crock-pot oatmeal. In the future, cut back cooking time by 2 hours.
  • Use non-dairy milk for dairy-free and vegan slow cooker oatmeal.
  • If you would like to use more milk than water, that is fine. You need a total of 8 cups liquid.  I don't recommend exceeding 4 cups milk as then the oatmeal would be in risk of scorching the bottom of your slow cooker.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 111mg5%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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