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Overnight Cherry-Almond Oatmeal

Would you like breakfast ready for you when the sun comes up? If so, try my hot cereal. It's so simple—just place the ingredients in the slow cooker and turn it on before you go to bed. In the morning, enjoy a healthy, warm and satisfying dish. —Geraldine Saucier, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Additional almond milk, optional


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray, combine all ingredients. Cook, covered, on low until oats are tender, 7-8 hours.
  • Stir before serving. If desired, serve with additional milk.
Health Tip: Nutritionally, steel cut oats are about the same as rolled oats, so take your pick. Skip instant oatmeal mixes, which have a lot of added sugar.
Editor's Note
Steel-cut oats are also known as Scotch oats or Irish oatmeal.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 276 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • s_pants
    Jul 1, 2020

    Not my favorite oatmeal, but I would eat it again. It was very gummy. As my daughter said, it did not look very good, but it was delicious.

  • JMartinelli13
    Mar 5, 2019

    I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Dried cherries were great, it would also be good with dried blueberries or cranberries too! I have a 6qt slow cooker and I used the 10 hour setting to make sure that they wouldn't overcook. You could also double the recipe, but my guys are tree nut allergic so I'll be the only one eating this. I packed the leftovers into jars, I'll just add a splash more almond milk to it and reheat them throughout the week.

  • ms11145
    Feb 16, 2019

    I have to say that this recipe is growing on me as I have eaten it 3 days in a row and have a couple more days to go. I upped the cinnamon. Thanks to a friend who advised me that this was way too sweet, I cut the sugar in half and was so glad I did as it was still too sweet for me for breakfast.

  • knollbrookcook
    Jan 6, 2018

    I have made this twice now. The first time pretty much exactly as it says, except I used raisins because that is what I had. The second time I used 1% milk and half the cinnamon. It turned out pretty well. You need to turn your crock pot on pretty late at night and then be up in good time to stir it. It does seem to stick on the sides of the pot even though I greased it. It tastes good and I will likely make it again because you can make it at night and it's ready for breakfast. The 1% turned out just as good as the almond beverage and the raisins were just fine.

  • yayamn
    Apr 29, 2017

    This is the second time I made this. We really like it. I stir it a couple times so it doesn't get scorched on the sides as a couple of reviews recommend. I cook it for less time also.

  • bcdupe
    Jan 22, 2017

    We loved it except for the sweetness. Next time, we'll try cooking it without the sugar and add our own if need be.

  • Grammy Debbie
    Oct 4, 2016

    This was a warm, hearty breakfast on a cool fall morning. I made mine on the stovetop since I didn't think of having it in time to make it the night before. All I had on hand was sweetened almond milk so I should have cut back on the brown sugar as it was plenty sweet.

  • JoyfulMarilyn
    Mar 5, 2014

    My sister and I have made this numerous times. Tweaking it as we go. We actually don''t add any sugar (ia little can always be added upon serving if you want). We have tried many different dried fruits and raisins. Leftovers reheat well in small portions as needed. Very tasty and easy. If only cooked for 7 hours the tendency to scorch is minimised. Last one to bed turns it on and the early riser puls the plug.

  • staeben
    Feb 9, 2014

    Love it!

  • cooks46
    Jan 10, 2014

    This is very tasty and really filling but I did have a few issues. I tried the recipe about 6 times tweaking it a bit each time. Most importantly, I found that cooking it during the day then re-heating it in the morning works best. It really needs periodic stirring to keep from sticking and scorching. I use 5 cups of almond milk and a bit more cinnamon and brown sugar. I have also used 1/2 dried cherries and 1/2 dried cranberries. One of my favorites now that I've perfected it.