Hot Chocolate Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Hot chocolate slow cooker oatmeal will warm your belly and delight your taste buds! Let the oatmeal cook over night in the slow cooker and wake up to a delicious and filling chocolate breakfast.

slow cooker oatmeal

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!

slow cooker oatmeal

When I was a kid my mom used to make us Cocoa Wheats for breakfast on cold winter mornings.  Hot chocolate slow cooker oatmeal reminds me of that breakfast.  The oatmeal has a nice delicate chocolate flavor and you could definitely add more cocoa powder if you want a more intense flavor.  My kids were absolutely fascinated with the oatmeal – especially when I added the marshmallows.

slow cooker oatmeal

I had my doubts that the oatmeal would cook on the warm setting overnight, but it was just perfect. It did have some kind of crust on top when I checked it in the morning. Scrape those off before stirring it up.  I stirred them in but they are quite chewy.   You can leave out the whole milk and use 4 cups of water. I just think the milk adds extra creaminess to the oatmeal.

Hot Chocolate Slow Cooker Oatmeal
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1½ Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • Chocolate syrup, mini-marshmallows, & whipped cream for garnish
  1. In a large bowl whisk together water, milk, almond milk, cocoa, vanilla, salt and honey. Don't worry if the honey doesn't completely dissolve.
  2. Stir in oatmeal.
  3. Grease the crock of 4 quart slow cooker. Pour oatmeal mixture in to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 1-2 hours then turn to warm and cook overnight.

Recipe adapted from skinnyms.


  1. says

    Your Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Oatmeal looks like a delicious treat. Thanks for helping us celebrate Three Years at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen
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  2. Amanda Dunville says

    This looks delicious! I just tried my first slow cooker oatmeal recipe last week…. can’t wait to try this one. =)


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