Maple Slow Cooker Oatmeal: Cozy, Comforting, and Healthy
Fall is my favorite time of year. As the weather turns cooler, we naturally look to more cozy, comforting recipes, and this maple slow cooker oatmeal hits the spot!
It’s also a healthy option for breakfast, thanks to the many benefits of eating oats. Oatmeal is good for heart health, blood sugar control, and digestion. It also keeps you feel full until your next meal, and therefore can be a beneficial weight loss tool.
Ingredients for slow cooker oatmeal
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Steel cut oats
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Pure maple syrup
- Toppings of your choice, such as brown sugar and pecans
Although there’s maple syrup in the base recipe, sometimes we add a little more maple syrup on top as well. We live in Vermont, after all, and we make homemade syrup from our own maple trees. (That’s our golden syrup in the mason jar!) Be sure to use pure maple syrup in your recipe. You just can’t beat the quality and flavor, and also it’s much healthier for you than any syrup replacement product.
If you have a gluten sensitivity, be sure to look for oats that are labeled gluten free. Many commercial oats are processed in facilities that also process wheat and other gluten-containing grains, so contamination is an issue. Two excellent brands that offer gluten free oats are Quaker and Bob’s Red Mill. We’ve found that both brands are readily available in grocery stores, or you can order on Amazon, especially if you like to order in bulk.
Toppings to put on oatmeal
This recipe makes 10 generous servings, so making it just once will provide multiple meals for you. To keep things interesting and also provide different nutrients, you can vary your toppings each morning. Here are some examples of different toppings to consider:
- Nuts, such as pecans or walnuts
- Superfoods, such as chia seeds or hemp hearts
- All natural nut butters, such as almond butter or peanut butter
- Coconut flakes
- Fruit, such as sliced bananas, berries, or raisins
- Sweet treats (if they’re part of your nutrition plan), such as chocolate chips
Your creativity each morning is your only limitation!
How to easily clean your slow cooker after use
If you’ve prepared or eaten oatmeal, you know that once the leftovers cool on a dish or pot, they turn as hard as concrete. My secret for using the slow cooker in this recipe and not losing your mind during the cleanup process is to use slow cooker liners. These are a lifesaver and make cleanup as easy as possible.
More recipes using pure maple syrup
If you can’t get enough of your maple syrup, I don’t blame you! Here are some other recipes to try:
- Maple Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Maple Roasted Almonds
- Maple Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix
- Maple “Sausage” Vegetable Skillet
Maple Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- 3 cups steel cut oats gluten free
- 9 cups water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Brown sugar to taste
- Pecans to taste
- Place a liner in your slow cooker.
- Add oats, water, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and salt to the slow cooker. Stir gently.
- Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Top individual servings with brown sugar, pecans, and/or other toppings of choice.