Cherry Vanilla Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Slow cooker oatmeal is an easy breakfast that will keep everyone full!  Adding dried cherries and vanilla helps give this slow cooker oatmeal a boost of flavor.

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I’m not a big fan of oatmeal.  I grew up eating the instant packets of oatmeal, but they weren’t my favorite breakfast.  As an adult I discovered steel cut oats and I do like those better, but they can take a while to cook up.  I’ve played around with baking oatmeal and cooking it in the slow cooker and  slow cooker oatmeal is by far my favorite method.  You really have to watch your timing in the slow cooker, though, or the oatmeal will dry out a bit. I like mine nice and creamy.

In an effort to eat a heartier breakfast, I’m back to fiddling with oatmeal recipes – and I really liked this one! I have a huge container of dried cherries in my pantry thanks to my mom and Traverse City, Michigan (where we got the cherries!).  But you could definitely use cranberries or any other dried cherry in this recipe.  This recipe made enough for my husband and I to have 1 cup servings for three mornings and it re-heated really well on the stove with just a bit of extra milk added.

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Cherry Vanilla Slow Cooker Oatmeal
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  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2.5 cups milk
  • 1¼ cup steel cut oats
  • ⅓ cup dried cherries, chopped
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Stir together all ingredients in a small slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 7 hours. Stir and serve immediately.
  3. If you think you'll need an hour or more to sleep, add a bit more liquid so the oatmeal doesn't dry out.

Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers



  1. says

    Have you tried with almond extract? Almond and cherry go so well together! I’m going to make it tonight and will see how it goes!

  2. says

    I might substitute another fruit for the cherries, but this sounds intriguing! I have never tried oatmeal in a crock pot! Thanks again for sharing and for linking up at the Weekend Wind-Down Party with us!!! God Bless!
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  1. […] I don’t normally go on a healthy eating kick in January, but this year, I am!  I’m trying to get back to eating healthier and being more active.  I am a huge believer in eating a good, hearty breakfast, but I didn’t do that much in 2013 and I could really tell a difference.  So this year, I’m trying to do better and one way I’m doing that is by eating more oatmeal.  I have come to really enjoy steel cut oatmeal, but it does take a while to cook.  I’ve found that it cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker, though! I love my Vanilla Cherry Slow Cooker Oatmeal! […]

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