Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, January 5, 2015

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats

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Warm, thick, creamy good-for-you Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats will have you starting your day off right in the new year! 

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats:A hearty breakfast that cooks while you sleep! #MyOatsCreation #spon @quakeroats I know everyone knows starting the day with a good breakfast is essential.  This Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats recipe is the perfect way to get a good breakfast in. If you've ever made steel cut oats before, you know that they take longer to cook then other cuts of oats, which makes them perfect for the slow cooker. These hearty Quaker Steel Cut Oats hold up wonderfully in the long cook time of a slow cooker... and the best part?  They cook all night so you can wake to a warm hearty breakfast!

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats: Renee's Kitchen Adventures  #MyOatsCreation #spon @Quaker

If you've been around here for some time, you know winter is NOT my favorite time of year.  So I like to try to find ways to make the winter months a little more tolerable...

warm, COZY blankets.

soft, THICK sweaters,

a WARM mug of my favorite tea,


warm, HEARTY oatmeal for breakfast!

Yup, that's right!  Oatmeal!  Living here in NE Ohio, the winters can be just brutal. (Last year, we weren't even sure spring was ever going to arrive!)  As far as I'm concerned, there is only one way to start the day when the temperatures are below freezing and snow is blowing and that is with a warm breakfast like this one.

What I love about this breakfast is that it's flavorful, but not too sweet (the sweetness comes from apples, dried cranberries and 100% apple juice).  It's convenient because it can cook up all night while you sleep, so that you can have a warm breakfast when you wake up or you can make it during the day and re-heat it in the microwave during the week. (It reheats great!)  It's creamy without the use of any dairy products, but if you like, you can kick the creamy factor up a notch with a splash of milk, half and half or almond milk before serving.

I hit Target once a week, and I'm happy to say, I was able to find everything I needed to make this recipe there.  The Quaker Steel Cut Oats were easy to find in the Hot Cereal section.

I gathered up the ingredients...Quaker Steel Cut Oats, apples, pecans, dried cranberries, cinnamon and (not pictured) 100% Apple Juice and got out my trusty Slow Cooker.

I sprayed the crock of my slow cooker with some cooking spray, measured out 1 1/2 cups Quaker Steel Cut Oats, and began adding ingredients.

Everything went into the crock except the juice.

Then I slowly poured the apple juice into the crock with the other ingredients...

and stirred to combine.  I put the lid on and set the temperature to LOW.

Six to eight hours later I had a warm and delicious oatmeal.  The apples soften and cook right into the oatmeal, the cranberries plump up and become soft and the pecans keep some firmness to them for a nice contrast in textures.

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats: Renee's Kitchen Adventures  #MyOatsCreation #spon @Quaker

My family thought these oats were perfect and I loved awakening to the smell of apples and cinnamon in the morning.

Are you a fan of oatmeal for breakfast? Will you be giving this easy and delicious recipe a try sometime this winter?  

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Steel Cut Oats
Warm, hearty steel cut oats combined with apples, dried cranberries, cinnamon, pecans and apple juice made easy in your slow cooker.


  • 1 1/2 cups Quaker Steel Cut Oats
  • 3 cups peeled, cored and diced fresh apples
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups (100% Juice) Apple Juice


  1. Spray the crock of a slow cooker with cooking spray to prevent oatmeal from sticking.
  2. Add the Quaker Steel Cut Oats, apples, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and ground cinnamon to the crock. Slowly pour 3 cups 100% Juice Apple Juice into the crock and stir to combine.
  3. Put lid on and set temperature to LOW. Cook for 6 -8 hours. Stir before serving. If you like your oats more creamy, you can add some milk, half and half or almond milk before serving.
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 08 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 8 hrs. 10 mins.
Tags: steel cut oats, oatmeal, breakfast, apples, cinnamon, cranberries, pecans, slow cooker

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  1. This will definitely warm you up. Fabulous extra goodies and flavor you added. I love that this cooks overnight too. Waking up to a bowl of this oatmeal sounds heavenly!

  2. I love that this is made in the slow cooker! What a time saver! Looks delicious!!

  3. What a great way to start the day! Love it is a slow cooker recipe.

  4. These look perfect! I ate so much oatmeal as a kid I stopped eating it for years, and recently started back up. I forgot how good it is.

  5. So warming, healthy and yummy! I must try your recipe very soon!

  6. I don't know why I rarely use my slow cooker, except to make dafina (a Moroccan dish we eat for shabbat/saturday lunch). Now, I have another reason to use it. Thanks, Renee ;-)

  7. I am totally digging the thought of waking up and having the whole house smell like cooked apples and cranberries! Nothing beats a bowl of hot oatmeal in the winter. Thanks for sharing! #client

    1. The house smells wonderful when it's cooking! :)

  8. I am so making this over the weekend!

  9. I would love to wake up to this oatmeal. I bet it smells wonderful too.

  10. Does this reheat well? It looks amazing but I just don't think we could finish it all in one morning

    1. Yes! It reheats very well!! I have been reheating it in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes on HIGH ( will depend on your microwave) and then mixing in a little almond milk to make it creamy. Just as good as the day it was made. Hope this helps!

  11. I love breakfasts like this in the morning!!! and love that you made this oatmeal in the slow cooker!! love my Quaker Steel Cut Oats!


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