The perfect fall breakfast. Prep this Crockpot Pumpkin Oatmeal the night before and enjoy it in the morning! Full of all the pumpkin spice goodness!
I love fall because with it comes pumpkin EVERYTHING! I am one of those that will eat Pumpkin until I practically turn orange. My kids love it too. This Crockpot Pumpkin Oatmeal is always a huge hit! My son says it tastes like he is eating pumpkin pie for Breakfast! You can't go wrong with that!
Start by gathering your ingredients and a 4 quart crockpot. You don't need a large crockpot for this recipe unless you are doubling it.
Dump the oats, spices, milk, pumpkin, and honey in the crockpot and give it a stir. Cover and set to cook on low for 8 hours.
When you come back give the oatmeal a quick stir and get ready to serve.
Makes 4-5 servings of oatmeal.
This recipe is written to cook overnight while you sleep; 8 hours on low. You could cook it on high for about 3 hours. You may want to stir it half way through if cooking on high to prevent burning.
The big question I ALWAYS get on crockpot oat recipes.
Do I have to use steel cut oats?
Yes and no. Steel Cut oats take longer to cook in general so they are going to give you the best texture when cooking for a long period in your slow cooker. So if you want the best texture and quality I highly recommend them.
That being said, you can make this with other types of oats but it will likely cook faster and have a creamier texture. AKA...they might get mushy.
Just make sure you are using certified gluten free oats. Oats are gluten free, but they are not always handled or packaged in a gluten free facility. Buying gluten free helps ensure that you are eating gf oats.
Use a vegan milk alternative or the water. Canned coconut milk or even oatmilk would be perfect for this. Replace the honey with maple syrup if you are avoiding it.
This recipe makes 4-5 servings of oatmeal. Top with pecans, additional maple syrup, or a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice if you desire.
You can also make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice if you don't have any on hand.
Crockpot Pumpkin Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3-½ cups water almond or regular milk can be substituted
- 1 cup pumpkin puree canned
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup honey or maple syrup
- pecans to top optional
- Combine all ingredients in your 2- 4 qt slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
- Use certified Gluten Free Oats
- Use water or milk substitute ie; almond, soy, etc.
Originally posted September 2014. Updated October 2020