Chai spice, oats, maple syrup, and brown sugar are combined to create this dreamy chai slow cooker oatmeal recipe. Set the crockpot at night and by morning you will have a delicious breakfast waiting for you.
Oh hey, oat fan! Or chai spice fan. Or slow cooker fan. Whichever category you fit into, welcome!
Oats are a staple in my diet which I practically eat every morning. Overnight oats are so simple to make and can be paired with so many fruit/topping combos.
Warm oatmeal takes over in the chillier months, but overnight oatmeal is still a priority. I like breakfast during the week that is easy to take on the go and will keep me full.
How to make oatmeal in a slow cooker
Simply add all the ingredients to a slow cooker, give it a good mix and set it! You’ll have warm oatmeal waiting for you when you wake up.
What are steel cut oats?
Steel cut oats don’t look like your traditional rolled oats or instant oats but they are the ideal candidate for slow cooker oatmeal. They take the slowest to cook and won’t turn to complete mush in a slow cooker!
Tips for making delicious slow cooker oatmeal:
Slow cooker oatmeal was actually a trickier challenge for me that was a lot of trial and error. Here are my pro tips!
- Use steel cut oats! Steel cut oats take longer to break down than quick oats so they won’t become mush in a crockpot for 8 hours. Oatmeal is mushy to begin with, but you don’t want the oats to break down entirely. If you only have rolled oats or quick oats on hand, I suggest cutting the slow cooker time down to 4 hours.
- Do a trial run while you are home. Slow cooker times vary a lot and 8 hours in my slow cooker might be different than yours. I’ve also read online some people’s cooked in 2-3 hours! I recommend setting it to 3 hours and checking just to make sure it doesn’t overcook.
- Spray the inside of the crockpot with a nonstick cooking spray (or rub with some coconut oil!) The edges tend to get crispy and this will prevent a huge mess from happening in your slow cooker.
As much as I love to cook, I’m all about recipes that are easy to make too. To make slow cooker oatmeal, you simply add all the ingredients in the Crockpot and set it. Not to mention, it’s like really cheap to make oats for breakfast and very healthy. If you’re like me and have hectic mornings, this breakfast recipe is far healthier than a bowl of cereal or that pit stop at Starbucks en route to work!
Topping suggestions for oatmeal
- Fresh fruit (banana slices, berries, cherries, chopped apples, etc.)
- Nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
- Shredded coconut
- Hemp seeds
- Extra maple syrup or brown sugar
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Chai Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1.5 cup almond milk can substitute with soy, coconut, or oat milk
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons chai spice see recipe notes
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- non stick cooking spray can substitute with coconut oil
- Generously spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add all ingredients to slow cooker and mix to combine.
- Set on low for 8 hours (this could vary with different slow cookers. See notes)
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground all spice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger Crockpot times may vary. I recommend doing a test run first before leaving it on for 8 hours.
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