Slow Cooker Steel Cut Apple Spiced Oats | Gina Rau

These Apple Spiced Oats from Gina Rau are warm, comfy and made in a slow cooker. No need to deal with that "getting up early" nonsense.

This gluten-free Apple Spiced Oats recipe from Gina Rau is like a warm hug in a bowl. Steel cut oats are sprinkled with a dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg. Apples and brown sugar add just the right touch of sweetness. Not a morning person? Then you’ll love the fact that you can make these Apple Spiced Oats in a slow cooker. There’s no need to deal with that “getting up early” nonsense! Simply toss all the ingredients in your slow cooker the night before and you’ll awaken to the enticing aroma of this hearty breakfast. Who knows…maybe you’ll turn out to be a morning person after all!

This recipe is totally kid-friendly but it’s so tasty that you might not want to share. Leftovers, if there are any, can simply be reheated in the microwave with a little extra dairy-free milk (almond milk works well).

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Slow Cooker Steel Cut Apple Spiced Oats

This gluten-free, slow cooker Apple Spiced Oats recipe is like a warm hug in a bowl. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple recipes, gluten-free breakfast recipes, gluten-free oatmeal
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Gina Rau


  • slow cooker


  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2 “ pieces
  • 1 ½ cups coconut or rice milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup uncooked gluten-free steel-cut oats
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp dairy-free butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Coat inside of 3.5 to 4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. If your slow cooker is larger, use a 5 cup or larger glass baking dish or measuring cup placed inside your slow cooker, surrounded by room temperature water nearly to the top of your glass container.
  • Add all ingredients into slow cooker or glass container. Mix well, cover slow cooker, and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Spoon oatmeal into serving bowls. Stir in additional dairy-free milk or add sliced apples as a topping, if desired. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for later that week or in the freezer for the future.
  • To reheat single servings: Put 1 cup of cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup dairy-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Cook for another minute, or until desired temperature.


Too switch up the flavors, add a bit of cardamom and throw a handful of blueberries in the warm oats.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe Courtesy:  Gina Rau

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