Overnight oats have been all the rage for awhile now, but I decided to elevate this healthy recipe staple by adding in a time-saving feature: a Crockpot!
Who doesn’t love a too-good-to-be-true healthy recipe AND a time-saver breakfast idea?!
Crockpot Overnight Oats Make the Perfect, Healthy Breakfast
Growing up, I wasn’t a fan of oatmeal. The bland taste and weird texture never appealed to me.
Then one day someone introduced me to overnight oats, along with all the amazing combinations of toppings I could add to it, and I became an instant fan.
Whether I enjoy them cold during the hotter months, or steaming hot when the temperatures drop, overnight oats have quickly become my healthy breakfast of choice, that taste more like a dessert.
Most of the time I opt for warm overnight oats, and when I discovered I could make them in a crockpot and save myself tons of time on busy weekday mornings, I pretty much felt like I deserved a “Mom of the Year” award.
Before heading to bed, I measure out my oats to water (almond milk or cow’s milk can be used instead if you prefer) ratio, add both to the crockpot, turn the crockpot to 8 hours, and I sleep tight knowing I’m waking up to a warm, nutritious, and delicious breakfast.
The recipe below makes four servings, and I also included tons of ideas for toppings.
How to Make Crockpot Overnight Oats
Place your 1.5 quart crockpot on the counter in a clean, safe spot. (Warning, this recipe works best with a small crockpot.)
Step 2: Measure and Add Ingredients to the Crockpot
For this recipe you want to use a 1:4 ratio. Measure 1 cup of steel cut oats (I like to use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats) and 4 cups of water (or milk if you prefer a creamier option). Add both to the crockpot and stir gently with a wooden spoon.
Step 3: Set It and Forget It
Once you’ve prepped the oats and water (or milk), place the lid on your crockpot and lock it. Select the cooking time. Each slow cooker is different, but you want to cook the oats for 8 hours and have it automatically switch to warm after cooking is complete.
Crockpot Overnight Oats
Author: Kim Breiland, The Gumption Life
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 5 mins
Yields: 4 servings Category: Recipes, Breakfast
Crockpot Overnight Oats is an easy and healthy breakfast option that will elevate your weekday breakfast game from blah to BOOYAH! Be sure to read the “Toppings” list…they really are the icing on the cake, or in this case, the oatmeal.
The sky’s the limit! Here’s a short list of the toppings I love to mix and match.
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