Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This lovely Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats recipe is vegan, healthy, and delicious- it’s a great way to start the day! It’s also just perfect to wake up to in the morning… mmm smell of baked apples and cinnamon. What could be better?


Raise your hand if you love apples! *raises hand*

Apples have always been a favorite ingredient in my household. We always have a ton of apples (I know it’s not totally seasonal but whatever) around and we create many awesome recipes with it. Being that we’re Polish, our traditional reduced-sugar Szarlotka (Polish Apple Pie) has always been a hit and we’ve made several adaptations of it. My mom also loves to bake cakes using apples such as her fabulous Poppy Seed Apple Cake with Chocolate Glaze and her Cinnamon Apple Cake with Chocolate Chips. Both are amazing.

Today I am sharing a wonderful breakfast recipe for you made with apples! And not only that, this recipe is super easy because it only requires a Slow Cooker to do the job.

If you haven’t seen my collection of favorite fabulous pies (sweet, savory, healthy, and not) on my previous post, make sure to do it. This recipe definitely falls in that lovely creative PIE category, so hey – you might as well make it this month as a way to celebrate upcoming Pi Day ;) Why not!

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This Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats are incredibly easy to set up and by the time you wake up in the morning, you will have a house filled with a beautiful apple-cinnamon scent and warm oatmeal ready for you that is not only delicious, but also healthy, vegan, and gluten-free!

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 4-5


  • 3 small apples, peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice + more for topping
  • ¼ cup raisins or dried cherries


  • Put the chopped apples into your slow cooker (I used a 5 qt), sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add oats, raisins, and water and stir.
  • Turn the slow cooker on for ~5 hours. Anywhere between 4 and 6 should be fine. The oats will be very creamy and thick. If they aren’t as thick as you’d like at the end of the 5 hours, just take the lid off and cook for a couple more minutes without it, that should thicken them up.
  • I recommend stirring the oats about halfway through the cooking process if you can to prevent sticking and so that the right texture is formed quicker. But it’s fine if you can’t.
  • I store the oats in the fridge, covered, and simply reheat however much I want to eat.

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What do you think? Aren’t slow cookers just the best? Not only do they make the job so much easier, they also produce amazing results! I’m a huge fan of these Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats and I’ve been eating them every day for breakfast for the last 3 days.

This post originally appeared on Beyond the Peel.


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  1. says

    Awesome recipe…we have oatmeal often in the morning and this will bring a new dimension to the “boring” one…thanks for the recipe Kammie, hope you are having a great week :D

  2. Phyllis says

    My slow-cooker has been essential this long, COLD winter ~ I make ginger tea in it overnight, bottle the tea in the morning,add more water (leaving in the ginger slices) and a couple of cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, black peppercorns, a few cloves, allspice berries, and star anise and leave it for the day. Then take it half/half with the ginger tea and let it sit on the woodstove for a warm pick-me-up all day. Plus, it keeps some warmth going in the kitchen overnight so that the pipes are less likely to freeze !
    I too love oatmeal topped with yogourt and pomegranate paste … yummies !! Thank you for this grrreat recipe ~ that’ll be for tomorrow morning !!

      • Phyllis says

        My cooker is 4 and a half, so it’s filled with cold water, and I add about enough ginger (sliced as thin as I can) the same volume my hand would have if I curled my fingertips into my palm and tucked the thumb over them ~ just ‘fist-sized’ I guess ~ without the heel of the hand included. Sounds complicated, but I don’t really measure, I just do it ’til it feels right. I always use cold water to start the tea because it seems spicier to me. I love ginger ! Thanks again for your great site !! :0)