Slow Cooker Overnight Apple Pie Porridge

It is starting to feel like fall here on these Idaho mornings.  I always associate fall with apples (and of course the start to the school year).  To make sure we all start the day with a healthy breakfast, I’ve been experimenting with putting things in the slow cooker at night and serving them for breakfast in the morning.  Here is a family favorite, which I’ve set up based on Nurture’s Recipe Framework for a Slow Cooker and MyPlate.

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Porridge

 Whole grains (~1/4 of your plate)
1 cup uncooked steel cut oats

Protein (~1/4 of your plate)
-Add in:  chopped walnuts, chopped almonds
(There is some protein in the milk and in the steel cut oats)

Fruits and veggies (1/2 of your plate)
2 apples, washed and chopped (I use my apple slicer and then just chop the pieces a little more)

-Add in:  bananas, raisins, dried cranberries or other dried fruit

Liquid (this is also your dairy serving)

-1 ¾ cup milk*
-1 1/2 cup water
*If you are looking for a dairy free recipe, substitute with almond milk, rice milk or another substitute.

-2 Tablespoons brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-¼ teaspoon salt
-1 ½  Tablespoons butter (this is optional but I like the flavor)
-Add in-optional based on your taste:  maple syrup, additional milk or butter, ground flax seed if you like

Directions.  Spray your slow cooker with olive oil spray.  Combine everything above EXCEPT “Add-ins”.  You will add in these add-in items once the dish is cooked.  Cook in slow cooker on low for about 7 hours, or if you make a double batch you can leave it at least another hour.  If you are doing this overnight and you want to sleep longer (which I do), just add more liquid and it will be fine for longer.  Add another ½ cup to 1 cup of liquids if you are going to sleep longer.    


  1. I absolutely love making overnight oatmeal in the crock pot!! My kids love it too, and I even make a “to go” cup in a coffee cup for my husband to take to work with him. Perfect for cold days in the winter! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Jennifer! I tried mixing in peanut butter for my son, and he loved it! keep on commenting and stay in touch!

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