Crockpot Overnight Oats

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.


  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats (Do not use instant or quick oats)
  • 4 cups of filtered water (Almond milk or 2% Cow’s Milk if you prefer a creamier oatmeal)


The sky’s the limit!  Here’s a short list of the toppings I love to mix and match. 

  • Grainless Granola
  • Unsweetened almond butter
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Flax seeds 
  • Slivered almonds 
  • Berries (Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries)
  • Banana 
  • Raisins 
  • In season fruit 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Organic maple syrup
  • High-quality vanilla extract
  • Raw honey 
  • Grass-fed butter 


  1. Place your crockpot on the counter in a clear, safe spot. Plug it in, but do not turn it on. 
  2. Measure 1 cup of steel cut oats and pour into the crockpot.
  3. Measure 4 cups of water or milk and add to the oats, stirring gently to mix the oats and water/milk. 
  4. Place the lid on top of your crockpot and make sure it’s secure. 
  5. Select “Low” and cook for 8 hours, or until the desired consistency. 
  6. In the morning, remove the lid, spoon desired portion, and have fun topping your overnight oats with some of the yummy toppings listed above. 

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Crockpot Overnight Oats

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