Crock Pot Tart Cherry & Apple Steel Cut Oats.


I love steel cut oats made in the crock pot.  I simply throw everything in before bed & have this wonderful breakfast all ready when we get back from our frigid run.  This recipe is so flexible. You can use what you have in your pantry, as I do each time I make steel cut oats.

I use my small crock pot but if you don’t have one, the larger model is fine.


Non stick butter spray (I use Pam)
1 cup of steel cut oats
3 cups of cherry cider (I use Trader Joe’s) but you can use apple juice, cider, cherry juice
1 cup of water
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
One apple, cored and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup of dried tart cherries (raisins or other dried fruit will work beautifully too)


Spray the insert to your slow cooker then add all of the ingredients.  Stir gently. Cover and cook overnight on low.  I normally make this around 8 pm and eat around 6-6:30 am.  I like to remove the lid of the slow cooker for about 10 minutes prior to serving – helps release the condensation that’s built up.

Top with your favorite nuts, chia seeds, honey, brown sugar, agave… whatever you like!  My daughter gobbles this up in the morning.  Great way to start your day off :)

— Knead to Cook


  1. I made this last night and am enjoying it as I type….I can not believe how yummy this is! I can’t wait until my husband has a bowl of it! :) I will be making this weekly! Thank you!!

    • I’m so glad you are enjoying it Toni! It is my absolute favorite. I cannot stop eating it and you can mix it up as much as you like using different juices/ciders/fruit etc. Enjoy!

  2. This sounds sooooooo amazing!!!! I can’t wait to try it. My son LOVES dried cherries and this oatmeal should be the bee’s knees for him.

  3. Just caught on to the beauty of steel cut oats in the crockpot last winter- now I’m looking forward to cooler weather so I can try out this recipe sooner rather than later!

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