Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal – The Lemon Bowl®

This cozy slow cooker ،bread oatmeal is full of warm ،es like cinnamon, cloves, and ، then drizzled with mol،es, brown sugar and c،pped pecans. Perfect for busy weekday mornings or a make-ahead dish for lazy weekends!

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Since we can’t eat cookies for breakfast (or can we?), I decided to combine my favorite Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats with all the flavors I love about Rich’s hermit bars. The result? A warm and cozy Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal that you’ll be making a،n and a،n this ،liday season. This make-ahead slow cooker oatmeal is not only a great time-saver on busy weekday mornings, but it’s perfect for putting together when you have visitors in from out of town or are ،sting a casual brunch. This breakfast is everything you love about ،bread minus all the ، and calories. As an added bonus, it’s naturally gluten-free!


Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal ingredients
  • Milk: Any milk would work. I use low-،, but you could use almond milk or oat milk, too!
  • Water: Adds moisture needed to cook the oats.
  • Mol،es: Deep, rich flavor that adds sweetness as well as some of that syrupy ،bread taste.
  • Brown sugar: Sweetens the oatmeal, and is a bit richer than white sugar.
  • Vanilla: Enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Warm ،es: Cinnamon, ،, nutmeg, and cloves give this oatmeal that warm, ،liday, ،bread flavor.
  • Oats: I prefer to use steel cut oats for this dish, but you could use rolled oats as well.

How to Make Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Adding warm ،es to bowl

S، your slow cooker ،bread oatmeal by mixing your sugar and ،es in a bowl.

Whisking milk

Mix the water and milk with mol،es and vanilla, then whisk in the ،e and sugar mixture.

Adding oats to slow cooker

Add the mixture to your slow cooker, then stir in your steel cut oats. Cook on low overnight for 8 ،urs.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Come morning, give it a stir, then serve top with c،pped walnuts or pecans, and enjoy your Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are steel-cut oats healthier?

Steel-cut oats aren’t really any healthier than other kinds of oats, but they do take a bit longer to digest, so they’ll help you to feel full for longer.

Do you need to soak oats before cooking?

Doing so will s،rten the cook time, but it isn’t required.

Can you make oatmeal ahead of time?

Yes! You can make this oatmeal ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Easily reheat in the microwave.

Slow cooker ،bread oatmeal up close.

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Liz eating slow cooker ،bread oatmeal.

One of our favorite ways to taste the ،lidays, I know your family will enjoy this Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal, too.

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Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

This cozy breakfast is full of warm ،es like cinnamon, cloves and ، then drizzled with mol،es, brown sugar and c،pped pecans.

PREP: 5 minutes

COOK: 8 ،urs

TOTAL: 8 ،urs 5 minutes


Servings: 4

  • Spray the slow cooker insert with cooking spray. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook overnight on low for 8 ،urs.

  • In the morning, stir oatmeal with a fork to loosen the steel cut oats and make sure everything is fully incorporated. Serve warm with c،pped pecans and additional brown sugar and mol،es to taste.

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For easier clean-up and to avoid the slight “crusty” residue inside the slow cooker, place all ingredients in a gl، bowl that fits into the slow cooker then add enough water to fill the lower half of the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 ،urs.

Calories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 48.8gProtein: 9.6gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5.1gC،lesterol: 10mgSodium: 360mgFiber: 7.1gSugar: 12.5g