Slow cooker oats with apples and almonds is everything you love about oatmeal without the fuss! Wake up to the smell of cinnamon wafting through the air.
I enjoy oatmeal for breakfast, especially when I work out before lunchtime. While I love the ease of overnight oats, once the weather turns cold, I find myself craving something warm for breakfast.
Enter these slow cooker oats with apples and almonds! Similar to overnight oats, you’ll prep the night before, then let it cook overnight. When you get up, a warm breakfast will be waiting for you!
Aside from how good these oats taste, I just love waking up to the smell of warm cinnamon wafting through the house. It’s such a mood booster to start the day.
Best of all, you only need 5 ingredients and a few minutes of prep to throw this recipe together. Trust me, your morning self will thank you!
How to make slow cooker oats with apples and almonds
Ready to see how easy it is to prep this hearty breakfast?
Step 1: Spray a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2: Combine the oats and water in the slow cooker. Add the apples, almonds, and cinnamon.
Step 3: Cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
That’s it! Now, you can wake up to a hot, delicious, and nutritious breakfast waiting for you.
Tips and tricks for this recipe
A little cooking spray in your slow cooker makes cleanup much easier. Otherwise, a thin layer of oats will stick to the edge of the pot.
Want to play around with the ingredients? Try firm pears instead of apples or substitute walnuts or pecans in place of almonds.
Or, if someone in your household doesn’t like nuts, leave them out of the slow cooker and add them to individual servings instead.
Are oats good for diabetes?
Short answer: yes! Even though oats are higher in carbs, they are still a great option for people with diabetes.
Besides being a good source of vitamins and minerals, oats are also an excellent source of fiber. This is what helps prevent a sharp spike in blood sugar because the fiber actually slows down the absorption of sugar in the intestines.
Want to learn more? Check out this article Is Oatmeal Good for People Living with Diabetes to get into even more detail!
This entire recipe is for 6 servings. So unless you’re feeding the whole family, you’ll probably have some leftover oatmeal.
Just transfer any extra to a container, allow it to cool completely, then cover and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
When you’re ready to enjoy, I recommend adding a little water or milk before reheating on the stove, in the microwave, or in the oven.
Other make-ahead breakfast recipes
Meal-prepping breakfast is a great way to start your day on the right foot! It’s so nice to enjoy a nutritious breakfast no matter how busy your morning gets. Here are a few of my favorite breakfast recipes that can be made ahead of time!
- Apple Spiced Overnight Oats
- Overnight Porridge (Slow Cooker)
- Oatmeal Muffins with Pumpkin Seeds and Nuts
And make sure you check out this round-up of my favorite Diabetic Breakfast Recipes for even more easy ways to start your day the healthy way!
When you’ve tried this oatmeal, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Slow Cooker Oats with Apples and Almonds
- 1½ cups steel-cut oats
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups apples (chopped and peeled — I used Gala)
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Spray a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine the oats and water in the slow cooker. Add the apples, almonds, and cinnamon.1½ cups steel-cut oats, 3 cups water, 2 cups apples, ¼ cup sliced almonds, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours.