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Hot chocolate slow cooker oatmeal recipe 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

Most mornings I eat eggs for breakfast. But every once in a while, usually in the winter, I get in to a kick of eating oatmeal.  It lasts for a few weeks and then I go back to my beloved eggs.

One thing I really don't like about oatmeal is how boring it tastes. I mean, really? Bleh.  It definitely needs the addition of something to help give it some flavor.

I also was never a fan of the texture of old fashioned oats.  I tried steel cut oats a few years ago and really like them. But they take at least a half an hour to cook on the stove top and I usually don't have time to cook it in the morning.

Then I discovered that steel cut oatmeal cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker! I love my Vanilla Cherry Slow Cooker Oatmeal!

My kids, however, are taking some convincing to get on board with eating oatmeal for breakfast. I remember my mom making CoCo Wheats for my sisters and I and we loved them.  Who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast?

slow cooker oatmeal

Hot chocolate slow cooker oatmeal reminds me of that breakfast.  The oatmeal has a nice delicate chocolate flavor. 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 and served it in a mug like real hot cocoa.

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 Recipe

Hot Chocolate Slow Cooker Oatmeal


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 771kcal Calories from fat 212
% Daily Value
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 894mg 37%
Carbohydrate 117g 39%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 59g
Protein 28g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Recipe adapted from skinnyms.

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17 comments on “Hot Chocolate Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe

  1. What a great recipe for the slow cooker, this looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  2. I love hot chocolate and this looks amazing. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it.

  3. My dad is visiting and loves putting chocolate on everything (and I’m not exaggerating). Can’t wait to surprise him tomorrow for breakfast. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

  4. Audrey on said:

    I never thought of doing oatmeal in a slow cooker. Thanks for partying with us on #TastyTuesdays.

  5. I love steel cut oats. This looks like a welcome the day breakfast! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  6. This looks yummy! We are also bloggers from Las Vegas! Always fun to meet local bloggers! -Shari @

  7. Healthy and delicious and perfect for when families gather fo rthe holidays! Thanks for bringing this by to our Throwback Thursday Link Party – I’ll be pinning this to our board, too, and Happy New Year!

  8. This looks amazing! Can;t wait to try, thanks for sharing!

  9. 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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  11. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing with us over at the Weekend Wind Down Party!

  12. This looks yummy. Great plan to fill up on healthy breakfasts! Thanks for sharing over at the Weekend Winddown Party!

  13. Amazing, I never thought about making breakfast in the slow cooker, thanks for sharing. Thank you for linking up with us at #WWDParty – I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Amanda Dunville on said:

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

  15. Ohhhh this sounds so delicious and looks so rich and creamy!!! YUM!!!