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Slow-Cooked Fruited Oatmeal with Nuts

The beauty of this breakfast is that you can set the slow cooker overnight and, with nothing more than a ladle, spoons and bowls, feed a crowd in the morning. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons chopped almonds, toasted
  • 6 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
  • Additional fat-free milk


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray, combine the first eight ingredients. Cook, covered, on low until liquid is absorbed, 6-8 hours.
  • Spoon oatmeal into bowls. Sprinkle with almonds and pecans. If desired, drizzle with additional milk.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 306 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 28mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 fat.

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  • Nepta
    Jul 3, 2020

    Great! Super Quick recipe! <a href="">OatMeal</a>

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    May 11, 2020

    Cooked 4 hours on low (my slow cooker has a timer) -which was plenty- and stirred in the morning. Good and easy. My boys especially loved it, so I will make this for them regularly (and have it myself sometimes).

  • dbburrus19
    Jul 18, 2013

    Okay. I have made this three times now. The third time was the charm. This does not take 6-8 hours to cook-only about four. If you overcook it, it does stick and burn to the sides of the crock-pot terribly, and the apples do dissolve.So what I did was put it on before I went to bed, then in the middle of the night when I woke up (pregnant right now...) I stirred the oatmeal and turned it to warm. in the morning, it was perfect retaining all the yummy flavors. My family loved it.

  • consuelo1527
    Dec 7, 2012

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  • jad302
    Nov 26, 2012

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  • BettySkog
    Mar 2, 2012

    The oatmeal burned to the sides of the slow cooker. The apples dissolved away. This was a disappointing disgusting mess to clean up.

  • lynnepearce
    Feb 7, 2012

    Despite all the ingredients there wasn't a ton of flavor. It definitely needed the nuts, additional cranberries and some brown sugar when serving. It was easy and smelled great, but I'm not sure I'd make it again.