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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal

September 9, 2014

In editing these pictures I came to the realization that I never talked about how I spent my birthday. I’m sure all of you were sitting on the edge of your seats wondering what I did. My life is fascinating, what can I say.

Slow-Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal - an easy breakfast made from wholesome ingredients but tastes like apple pie! // thehealthymaven.comOkay, clearly not but I do feel incredibly blessed to have spent my birthday with some of my favourites. Lunch at Gilead with C, and dinner with my besties and family at Hudson Kitchen. Great food, better company, 5 rounds of dessert, what more could a girl ask for?

New photography boards. That’s what a girl can ask for. No need to discuss what C originally gifted to me for my bday or my inability to disguise that I didn’t like it. In his defence, he went big last year and after buying me my red beauty, he made it pretty much impossible to top it. It’s the thought that counts, right? Please don’t judge me.

Eventually I ended the awkwardness of the gift that never was by just telling him exactly what I wanted, wood photography boards in all different colours for my food pics. The reality is that if I wanted to build them myself, I probably could have but I just didn’t want to. So instead I asked my amazing engineer of a boyfriend to put his handy skills to use and gift me with his manual labour.

Slow-Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal - an easy breakfast made from wholesome ingredients but tastes like apple pie! // thehealthymaven.comIn the process, “we” ended up discovering how much we enjoy DIY projects. I say “we” liberally in that I had nothing to do with the building of the boards nor are DIY projects new to C. If you’ve ever see our apartment you know how handy the boy is. I pride myself on being a professional “breaker”. I break everything. He fixes it. Match made in heaven…debatable who got the better end of the deal.

Needless to say, the photography boards ended up being a fun activity (for him) and got me so excited about all things DIY that I went a little crazy with the Fall decor around the apartment. I think this makes us old if this is how we spent the weekend? The round 3 West Wing marathon totally sealed the deal.

Slow-Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal - an easy breakfast made from wholesome ingredients but tastes like apple pie! // thehealthymaven.comI think the paint smell may have gotten to us because we started thinking up all these crazy entrepreneurial ideas like starting a business selling wood photography boards. Some names were thrown out there that should not be repeated on the blog. But if your imagination is as good as mine, you might be able to figure them out.

Today is your first taste of the boards. I started with the white one for this Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal but I am super excited to try out the grey, brown and blue boards. Never in a million years did I expect to find myself getting all worked up over photography boards, but I guess everything changes when you hit a quarter century old!

p.s. Thanks to my sis for the awesome glass milk jars. This recipe was like a birthday gift photo shoot!


Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal

  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats*
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 medium apples, chopped
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 T maple syrup (feel free to sub honey for vegans) – note: I don’t like my oats super sweet so feel free to add more for added sweetness
  • splash of lemon juice


  1. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.**
  3. Give it a good stir.
  4. Top with your favourite toppings. I like peanut butter and crunchy apples.
  5. Store leftovers in fridge for up to 1 week. To reheat add a splash of almond milk and heat up in microwave.


*Gluten-free certified if necessary. **I make mine overnight so it is ready in the morning.


  • Serving Size: 4

This Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal makes the perfect, hands-off healthy breakfast for Fall. Just throw in the Slow Cooker and you have breakfast in the AM.Best birthday gift you’ve ever gotten? Would you buy wood photography boards if we sold them?!


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 9, 2014 at 5:22 am

    DUDE that looks amazing and you can tell how perfect that would be in this terrible weather. Also loving the app which shows what from your store was used.

    I’d buy the boards but not for the intended purposes. 😉

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      April 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      What size slow cooker do you recommend?

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    September 9, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Gorgeous photos, Davida…..I want to eat through my screen :)!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    September 9, 2014 at 6:32 am

    And you had me at the five rounds of dessert….I love steel-cut oatmeal, in fact I am eating it right now as I type this!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    September 9, 2014 at 6:40 am

    It THRILLS ME that I have all the ingredients for this. As soon as Sage falls asleep I’m breaking out my slow cooker and getting this going for lunch! I really need to use up my steel cut oats.

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    Amanda @ Positively Amanda
    September 9, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Yum! I have never tried cooking oats in a slow cooker. Sounds pretty easy though

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    Nikki @ grab your kicks
    September 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Yum! I’ve been craving apples lately and love steel cut oats. I just need to take the time and actually make them!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    September 9, 2014 at 7:29 am

    As soon as I saw the first picture in this post I made a mental note to include in my comment that it may be my favorite photo of yours yet. Then I started reading and was very impressed with myself for apparently noticing the difference with the new boards AND the milk jugs because those are what I loved most (along with the overall color palette). I may not be much of a photog, but at least I’m developing an eye?

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    September 9, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Yayyyy for forcing your bf to make you photo boards! I made one (you know… the only one I use in my photos) but I have white paint and a spare board I just need to put it together…. Ohhhhhh and about the ISO/ I think you’re right. I came home yesterday and experimented with it a bit….. going to remember that for the next photo shoot. Thanks love!

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    September 9, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Can I order Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal? And I like it to arrive fresh and warm.
    Honestly, I would order and buy everything in Canada (aka from you) and the US if it weren’t for the shipping costs. My Vitacost obsession died with the additional custom charges.
    Love the photo board!! And I can totally imaging that the colored ones look just as nice.

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    Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit
    September 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    LIFE CHANGER!!!!!!

    My mom just gave me a HUGE bag of steel cut oats…and this looks like it will have to be my go-to method! You’re awesome!

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    Melissa @ Mango About Town
    September 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Yum! I make a similar version of this but on the stove top. It’s great for weekend mornings when I have more time, but your recipe would be perfect for a weekday! The best birthday gift I’ve ever gotten was a cruiser bike from my boyfriend! I didn’t ride it for over a year because I was too scared to bike in the city, but now I use it all the time!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    September 9, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Wow your photography skills are getting freaking amazingly professionally amazing. (<– yeah im sticking with that sentence) This looks amazing, and I've been loving everything apple related lately so this is making my mouth water.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    September 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Dare I say that these are your most gorg pictures ever?! Can I fly C in to make me allll the boards?! Oh and this oatmeal….def making it for Z this week to accompany your protein bars which I made him last night because obvi I’m the best girlfriend ever.

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    September 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I just need to make a huge batch of oats for the week in my slow cooker. I literally run around my house every morning that I want oats because I’m so picky about my oats but ugh. I just need to bite the bullet and admit that my life would be 10x easier with oat prep. lol.
    I’ve gotten a lot of wonderful presents… my family is the best. But Norm for my 17th birthday beats it all. love that guy. rip

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    September 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

    That is too cute. I like to emply my engineer of a husband for handiwork too. The sad thing is that I too have an engineering degree, but it’s best that I don’t do “real” engineering work. I once tried to switch out a light switch faceplate and bad things happened. Never again.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    September 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

    i have recently started making overnight steel cut oatmeal and my breakfast has been fantastic. i will definitely try your version soon.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    September 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I was trying to remember the restaurants you recommended to me last week so I’m glad you mentioned them in this post – they both look amazing! As does this recipe. You’re making it really hard for me to resist letting go of summer and jump into the fall frenzy!

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    September 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    WHERE did you get that adorable mini casserole dish? I must have one. NOW. 😀

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    September 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I want photography boards for Christmas!! C needs to come teach B his skills!!! BTW the photos in this post are beautiful… pinning!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    September 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    haha at least you were honest? 😉 I need to find an engineer to fix things for me – I’m the furthest thing from handy!

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    GiGi Eats
    September 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Dude, I really need to move into your house!!! I would NEVER need to buy an amazing scented candle, EVER AGAIN!

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    September 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Always nice to get exactly what you want for your birthday!!
    I’m excited about my upcoming birthday gift except it means that Chris will be gone on my day (next week) – he has a trip but he will be returning with plenty of my favorite German wine!!!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    September 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Ooh what an awesome fall recipe! This sounds like it would be amazing to wake up to in the morning. I’m totally making this. I know I say that all the time, but for reals this time.

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    September 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I love steel oats in the slow cooker… I need to pull it out ASAP. Best gift ever was my Vitamix 🙂 I think. J and I always have these wacky business ideas… I spent one afternoon researching subscription boxes until running it by potential customers and realizing it would be a fail.

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    September 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    You always coordinated all your food & props so well! I’m jealous of all your new boards!

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    September 11, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Don’t tell me you’ve got to the dark side…the Fall loving side. It’s too soon. Hang onto the last morsels of summer with me. 😉

    I was gifted black and white poster board recently, and fell in love with them…yes some Styrofoam sheets made my heart go pitter patter. Must be the quarter of a century (plus 11 years) old thing. 🙂

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    September 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Looks amazingly delicious and jam packed with yummy sweet flavours.. what a great breakfast and start to the day!

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    Laura @ The Rookie Cook
    September 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Yum, looks absolutely delicious! And I’d buy the boards!!

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    September 17, 2014 at 9:29 am

    What size slow cooker did you use for te four servings recipe?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

      I have a 5 quart which definitely wasn’t full so if you have smaller or bigger you should be fine 🙂 Enjoy!

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    September 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I just got a slow cooker and am collecting recipes but I haven’t found any good breakfast recipes … until now!

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    December 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I was skeptical of using twice as much water as the package of oats instructed, but since it was to be left overnight, thought maybe I would lose that much water by morning. I was wrong. I wound up with oatmeal soup, and was pretty disappointed.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Michael, I am sorry to hear this. I and many others have made these recipe several times and have never had any issues with leftover liquid. If anything I need to add a bit more liquid in the morning! Slow cookers can be finicky so perhaps this had something to do with it.

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    January 15, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Saw this recipe posted on MyFitnessPal yesterday & put it in my slow cooker last night. Yummy oatmeal this morning…thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!

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      Hey what size slow cooker?

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        Davida Kugelmass
        October 20, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        Mine is a 5 quart but so long as it’s bigger than 3 quarts you should be good!

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    April 14, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I’d love to try this but I have a tree nut / soy allergy daughter. Can I use regular cow’s milk?

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    May 19, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I’m new to using coconut oil. Is it in this recipe for flavor or is the oil needed to make the recipe cook properly?
    Is there an alternative? What else can I use coconut oil for if I buy some?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 19, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      it’s used for both flavour and to help the oatmeal not stick to the pot. You can substitute butter!

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    November 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Looks delicious. Can I use a 5 qt slow cooker and double the recipe for a crowd?

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    November 19, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    For the apple pie steel cut oats in the slow cooker, do you use fast cooking or long cooking oats?

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    January 17, 2016 at 8:54 am

    This recipe is delicious but the cook time was only 4 hours on low if I didn’t check it the food would have burned. The oatmeal was perfect and creamy.

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    April 28, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe! It’s just starting to get cold here in Australia so finding it was perfect timing. I have a Thermomix so I will try and make the Apple Pie Oats in it as a hands free shortcut. If it works I will post some pic on Instagram.
    Thanks for sharing

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    April 28, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Oops, I should ask, is it ok to use other mills such as coconut milk or regular milk?

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