Imagine waking up to the smell of apple pie baking in the oven! That’s what you get with this Apple Pie Slow Cooker Oatmeal! Put it in the slow cooker before bed and wake up to not only the sweet smells of apple pie, but also to a breakfast that is ready to eat with little fuss!

A photo of a bowl of oatmeal full of apple chunks and topped with caramel and thin apple slices.

I love starting my day with a bowl of oatmeal! It is filling and healthy and gives me the energy I need to power on until lunch!

Throw in some apples and cinnamon and you’ve got me hooked fo’ sho’! Especially as the season changes from the hot summer days to fall! A crisp fall morning calls for a bowl of this apple oatmeal!

What Ingredients Do I Need for Apple Pie Oatmeal?

The ingredients are simple and straightforward! Head down to the recipe card for the exact measurements. Here is what you need:

  • Apples
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Oats (Old Fashioned)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Caramel

How to Make Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal

Jump down to the recipe card for all the details, but here are the basics for making this slow cooker oatmeal:

  • Cook the apples on the stove top in a little butter and cinnamon for a few minutes until they are soft
  • Add the apples and all other ingredients to the slow cooker
  • Cook on low for 7 hours
  • Add a little milk and top with caramel a dash of cinnamon

A photo of apple pie slow cooker oatmeal topped with caramel and thinly sliced apples.

What is the Difference Between Old Fashioned and Quick Oats?

Old fashioned (or rolled) oats are rolled into flakes and stay fresher longer. Quick oats are cut into smaller pieces and rolled thinner. This helps them cook faster, but they won’t have as much texture as old fashioned oats. We like old fashioned oats in this recipe because they keep their texture even with the long cooking time. Quick oats tend to get too mushy for my liking when cooked in the slow cooker.

Can I Use Steel Cut Oats in this Recipe?

Yes definitely! Steel cut oats are great in this recipe. Use the same measurement of oatmeal. You may need to add another half hour so to the cook time, but all the other ingredients can stay the same. Steel cut oats have a great texture and a nuttier flavor that goes great with apples!

What Type of Apples Should I Use?

We love, love, love Rave apples from Costco in this recipe. Honey Crisp is also great, and Braeburns or Pink Lady will work just fine too.

A photo of a bowl of apple pie slow cooker oatmeal with caramel and thinly sliced apples on top with milk added


Oh I’m allllllll about the toppings for oatmeal! We have caramel listed in the ingredients for topping, but the options are endless really. Here are a few more ideas:

  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Raisins or craisins (or any dried fruit for that matter)
  • Fresh blue berries
  • Banana slices

How to Make Apple Pie Oatmeal on the Stove Top

If you want this oatmeal in a little less time than 7 hours, you can make it on the stove top too. Cook the apples as stated in the instructions but cook them for longer so they are fully cooked through. Then add everything to your pot. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium low and it cook for 20-25 minutes.

How Long Will Cooked Oatmeal Keep?

Left over oatmeal should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-6 days.

A photo of a bowl of oatmeal full of apple chunks and topped with caramel drizzle and thinly sliced apples

Can You Reheat Oatmeal?

Oatmeal can be reheated in a microwave, but add a little splash of milk to make it creamy again. Stir well after heating.

Is Oatmeal Healthy?

Oats are some of the healthiest grains on earth.

It is gluten free and has many health benefits including, weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.

I know I’ve been talking about this recipe as a breakfast recipe, and it is, but it also a super easy breakfast for dinner option! Start this apple pie slow cooker oatmeal in the morning and pile up a bowl full for dinner! Added bonus – a scrumptious smelling house all day long!

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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal

3.68 from 75 votes
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Apples, partially peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Oats, Old Fashioned
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Milk, optional
  • Caramel, for drizzling


  • Spray the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add the butter to a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the apples and cinnamon and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Scrape everything into the slow cooker and stir to combine.
    2 Tablespoons Butter, 2 Apples, 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon, 3 Cups Milk, 1 1/2 Cups Oats, 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Cook on low for 7 hours.
  • Remove lid and stir.
  • Serve with a splash or two of milk and about a tablespoon of caramel drizzled over the top if desired.
    Milk, Caramel


May be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-6 days.


Serving: 1CupCalories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 10gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 455mgFiber: 6gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 405IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 246mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Breakfast

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