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Slow Cooker Apple Spiced Oatmeal

This amazingly simple apple spiced slow cooker oatmeal recipe is perfect for your breakfast meal prep. It only requires a few simple ingredients, a crock pot, very little prep or hands on time, and it’s vegan, gluten free and dairy free! Made with applesauce and diced apples, this steel cut oatmeal is great for the fall but can always be enjoyed year round!

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 2 cups milk (almond milk, cashew milk, or regular)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 medium red apple, chopped (can leave skin off or remove)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Optional for topping: nuts, nut butter (almond or peanut butter), sliced apples


  1. Spray your slow cooker with a cooking spray to prevent sticking. Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 7-8 hours, or until the oats are soft but not too mushy


  • Let cool completely before refrigerating

  • Add a splash of milk before reheating