Steel cut oats cook overnight with pumpkin, maple syrup and spices to create a healthy, make-ahead breakfast that will be waiting for you in the morning.
Slowly but surely, we are finally getting our back-to-school groove on. How are you doing? One thing that has really helped the early morning rush is having a healthy breakfast ready to go either in the freezer, refrigerator or simmering away in the slow cooker.
As the temps start to drop, I love sending my kids off to school with a warm, cozy bowl of steel cut oats (the oats of my childhood!) Inspired by my love of fall, this pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe is made with whole milk, steel cut oats, flax seed meal, maple syrup, pure pumpkin and spices.
To serve, top with your favorite chopped nuts, a sprinkling of brown sugar or any other toppings of your dreams. We love chia seeds, diced walnuts and extra nutmeg in our house. What are your favorite ingredients to stir into oatmeal or top before serving? I’d love to hear from you.
Your spoon is waiting.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup pure pumpkin
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup flax seed meal
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- chopped nuts, fruit, maple syrup (optional garnish)
- Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir until well combined.
- Cook overnight on Low for 8 hours.
- In the morning, stir oatmeal with a fork to loosen the steel cut oats and make sure everything is fully incorporated.
- Serve warm with chopped nuts, fruit or additional maple syrup if you wish.
Disclosure: I am honored to be in a long term partnership with Bob’s Red Mill. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible. All thoughts are my own.
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I don’t have a slow cooker. How can I make this on the stove? It sounds just so yummy!
Yes absolutely! Here’s a stovetop recipe: https://thelemonbowl.com/maple-pumpkin-oatmeal-with-chia/
I tried this and it turned out amazing! However, the recipe said 6 hours and instructions said 8 on low. Do you think this is why the oats were burnt on the side and bottom of my crock pot?
Sorry about that- it’s meant to be 8 hours on low as it’s an overnight type of recipe but if your cooker is burning them try 6 next time. :) Some are stronger than others I’ve learned!
Thank you so much for responding I love your recipes and appreciate the quick response?
Hello, would the serving size be one cup? Just trying to calculate calories per serving?
Hi Amy – Yes the serving size is 1 cup. Do you see that listed in the nutrition facts? Want to make sure you see it because all 1100+ of my recipes include nutrition facts including serving sizes. :) Enjoy!
Bobs steel cut oats are a game changer for meal prep breakfasts! Oatmeal in the slow cooker is my fav and I can’t wait to try this pumpkin spice version!
Aren’t they the best?!
I love everything about this, Liz!
This is my new favorite breakfast!
What a great breakfast!
i would be SO happy to wake up to this every morning
Have you ever tried this with a non- dairy substitute say like Almond milk?
I can not have dairy and think this would be wonderful with almond milk.
Yes it would be great!
Who wouldn’t love to wake up to this?? Mmm!!
I don’t eat oats often but when I do, this is exactly the way I like them flavored. Now I am craving some!
I could eat this every day!
Hope you love it!
I love a warm bowl of oatmeal when the weather cools. I can’t wait for snowy days and pumpkin spiced oatmeal!
Such a hearty, delicious way to start a cool autumn morning! I love that you added flax seed to the mix!
Wow this sounds SO perfect for fall!