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Overnight Cherry-Almond Oatmeal Recipe

Overnight Cherry-Almond Oatmeal Recipe

Would you like breakfast ready for you when the sun comes up? If so, try my hot cereal. It's so simple...just place the ingredients in the slow cooker and turn it on before you go to bed. In the morning, enjoy a healthy, warm and satisfying dish. —Geraldine Saucier, Albuquerque, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 7 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Additional almond milk, optional


  • 1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray, combine all ingredients. Cook, covered, on low until oats are tender, 7-8 hours.
  • 2. Stir before serving. If desired, serve with additional milk. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Steel-cut oats are also known as Scotch oats or Irish oatmeal.

Recipe Note

Health Tip: Nutritionally, steel cut oats are about the same as rolled oats, so take your pick. Skip instant oatmeal mixes, which have a lot of added sugar.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 276 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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yayamn User ID: 8162620 265293
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2017

"This is the second time I made this. We really like it. I stir it a couple times so it doesn't get scorched on the sides as a couple of reviews recommend. I cook it for less time also."

bcdupe User ID: 1621517 260092
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"We loved it except for the sweetness. Next time, we'll try cooking it without the sugar and add our own if need be."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 255001
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"This was a warm, hearty breakfast on a cool fall morning. I made mine on the stovetop since I didn't think of having it in time to make it the night before. All I had on hand was sweetened almond milk so I should have cut back on the brown sugar as it was plenty sweet."

JoyfulMarilyn User ID: 2166393 198476
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"My sister and I have made this numerous times. Tweaking it as we go. We actually don''t add any sugar (ia little can always be added upon serving if you want). We have tried many different dried fruits and raisins. Leftovers reheat well in small portions as needed. Very tasty and easy. If only cooked for 7 hours the tendency to scorch is minimised. Last one to bed turns it on and the early riser puls the plug."

staeben User ID: 6622843 140829
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"Love it!"

cooks46 User ID: 621605 200015
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"This is very tasty and really filling but I did have a few issues. I tried the recipe about 6 times tweaking it a bit each time. Most importantly, I found that cooking it during the day then re-heating it in the morning works best. It really needs periodic stirring to keep from sticking and scorching. I use 5 cups of almond milk and a bit more cinnamon and brown sugar. I have also used 1/2 dried cherries and 1/2 dried cranberries. One of my favorites now that I've perfected it."

sweet1pie User ID: 4100602 196087
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"Big hit with my family. Even I enjoyed (I don't usually care for oatmeal). Will make again!"

Cupcake_k9 User ID: 7172020 125965
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"I am not generally a fan of steel cut oatmeal but using almond milk caught my eye. I used blueberries instead of cherries. It was much better than I expected and very filling. Will definitely make again this winter"

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 140828
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"This was really easy, and it was great to have breakfast ready when we woke up! I used regular milk and cooked it on warm instead of low for 8-9 hours - try that if you have 3 settings on your crock pot!"

Jannicem User ID: 1260042 153024
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"Very good! Makes a great leftover breakfast too!"

arisacupp User ID: 3444949 153022
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"we loved this breakfast. it was quick and easy to put together. definitely a keeper!"

joyfulcooking User ID: 2406951 125964
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"very good recipe"

estelle12440 User ID: 4813752 123840
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"I made this in my 6 quart crock pot (only one I have) I used Craisins in place of cherries and Original unsweetened Almond Milk (not vanilla) I set it for "LOW" /8 hrs. It burned!!! My Crock Pot was used recently to make a potroast/all OK. Should I try the oatmeal again and cut down the cooking time to maybe 6 hrs. ?? I was so dissapointed. I did use steel cut oatmeal."

lisa4marie User ID: 4542907 213513
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"Very delicious!"

Feen User ID: 1925557 188516
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"Good stuff - but I think mine cooked a bit too long as it took on a slight curdled taste. I used a timer and cooked it for 7 hours; next time I will try 6.5. A bit sweet; I will omit the brown sugar next time too. The steel cut oats hold up well in the crockpot overnight as opposed to old-fashioned oats. Will definitely try this again!"

Gettingthinner User ID: 1391225 139661
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"Too Sweet..... Oatmeal looked very brownish... Family squirmish about eating it."

p2msr User ID: 959023 190083
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"I had never tried Steel-cut oats before but I'm now a fan. Also, I made this healthier by using unsweetened almond milk and no salt. It's delicious without any extra milk. Thanks for sharing it!"

Sarah in Portland User ID: 58357 153020
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"I will make it again, but with no brown sugar nor cinnamon, and I'll use non-fat dried milk and water to equal one quart if I don't have almond vanilla. Loved the cherries and the steel-cut oats. Too sweet though, for our tastes."

gksliwa User ID: 2027422 123837
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"My Family Loved this and I loved how easy it was. I think I might try cutting back on the brown sugar to 1/ 4 c or less and then try using the Vanilla almond milk that is unsweetend.The cherries added are delightful!!"

KariDehn User ID: 7104369 198473
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"easy and Full of Flavor!"

Debibuns User ID: 6770620 198820
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"Super yummy!"

auntique64 User ID: 2239152 188515
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"Wonderful taste. I put in Craisins and it was so good. Added a small amount of water the last hr to make it a little more stir able. Topped it of with a little milk and ate it. Just the right amount of sweetness. I used 2% regular milk and it worked just great."

Keawana User ID: 6994567 127500
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013


sstetzel User ID: 158954 139658
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"I'm not a fan of oatmeal at all but I know how good it is for you. It's a texture thing for me. Steel cut oats don't get that pasty texture regular oatmeal does. This cooks up thick. In a bowl topped with a splash of fat free half & half it makes a yummy warm easy breakfast.

Be sure to grease the sides of your slow cooker. I mixed the dry ingredients in my slow cooker when I was cooking dinner then stirred in the almond milk just before going to bed. 10 pm to 6 am is plenty of cooking time but it will hold up if you cook it a little longer."

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