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A thick, creamy, and perfectly-spiced hot breakfast could not be easier than this Gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal! Whether you serve it for Christmas brunch or make a big batch to reheat for busy weekday mornings, Crock Pot oatmeal is a healthy and delicious way to start your day!

A close up shot of gingerbread slow cooker oatmeal

Hi, friends! Are you getting ready for the holidays? I’ve obviously been busy creating all sorts of fun Christmas activities and recipes. It’s such a delicious time of year, and I’m thrilled to be bringing you one of my new favorite breakfasts today. Trust me…you’re going to LOVE this one!

An overhead shot of gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal in a white bowl topped with pecans

Making Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Using the slow cooker to make a huge batch of oatmeal is the greatest idea I’ve had in a long time. It took me a few tries to perfect the cooking temperature and time, but now that I have it figured out…I’m hooked!

This gingerbread oatmeal is full of seasonal spices, but it’s not very sweet. I use a little bit of molasses for color and flavor, but if you like your oatmeal on the sweeter side (who doesn’t, really?!), you should definitely plan to have some warm maple syrup or brown sugar on hand for drizzling.

Ways To Serve it

Best of all, this customizable base can be dressed up to suit all of the hungry tummies in your family. I like mine with a dollop of Greek yogurt for added protein, some maple syrup, and some chopped toasted pecans for healthy fat. It’s a nutritious breakfast that tastes fun, without a massive sugar high!

This Crock Pot oatmeal is a nice make-ahead option because you can cook it in advance, store it in individual portions, and reheat in the microwave throughout the week. Or, if you’re planning to feed a crowd for Christmas brunch, you can either cook the oatmeal on low overnight (your house will smell ah-mazing when you wake up) or cook it on high when you wake up. It’s practical, seasonal, healthy, and delicious!!

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal TEXT

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A close up of slow cooker oatmeal in a white bowl

Gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal

4 from 3 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 223 kcal
A thick, creamy and delicious gingerbread slow cooker oatmeal that's perfect for the colder months.


  • 2 cups uncooked steel cut oats don’t use quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats because they will get too mushy
  • ½ teaspoon salt or more, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 8 cups water
  • ¼ cup molasses can substitute with maple syrup, but it won’t have that true “gingerbread” taste, plus more for serving
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream chopped toasted pecans, dried cranberries, raisins, Greek yogurt


  • Spray the inside of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and stir well. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 8 hours, stirring occasionally.


  • You can make this in advance, store in airtight containers, and reheat in the microwave as needed. If it seems a bit dry when you go to reheat it, just add some additional milk or water and you’ll be all set!
Keyword: gingerbread breakfast recipe, slow cooker breakfast
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: The Seasoned Mom

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. This oatmeal looks SO good, Blair! I haven’t had breakfast yet, so my stomach is growling just looking at this. What a festive recipe for the season!

  2. Gingerbread oatmeal?! Where has this been my whole life? I love the idea and the fact that it is made in a slow cooker!

  3. You and all your amazing, festive holiday recipes! I think I’ll skip going to my parents house for Christmas and just come to yours!!

  4. This looks soooo good, Blair! I am in love with the idea of Gingerbread oatmeal! I’m kind of an oat junkie – I love how versatile oatmeal is! This version is on my must-make list, for sure!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yes — the options are endless with oatmeal, and now that I know how to use my slow cooker I think I’ll be on a roll!

    1. Hey, Christy! Yep, if you’re going to double the amount of oats, you will also need to double the amount of water (and all other ingredients as well). You just need to keep the proportions the same.

      Hope that helps, and enjoy! 🙂

        1. Hi, Stephanie! No, you shouldn’t have to cook it longer, because the oatmeal will cook in the same amount of time. The fullness of your pot depends on the size that you’re using. This recipe calls for 2 cups of oats and 8 cups of water (plus additional ingredients, obviously). That means that approximately 10 cups+ in your slow cooker is about 2.5+ quarts. If you have a 6-quart slow cooker (like me), doubling the recipe will almost fill the pot. I would just do about 1.5x the ingredients. If you have a bigger slow cooker, however, you can double it. Hope that helps!

    1. Hi, Elyse! No, quinoa has different cooking instructions than steel cut oats.

      I’ve not prepared this recipe with quinoa, but in general you’d cook the quinoa more like rice: with 2 parts liquid to 1 part quinoa. So for instance, you’d need 3 cups of water for 1.5 cups of quinoa. The quinoa probably needs about 4-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high in the slow cooker, but you’d have to keep an eye on it and test it the first time around for exact timing. Hope that helps!

  5. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this. I’m curious, you mention the possibility of cooking it over night (which is what I plan to do, so it’ll be ready to eat when I get up), but your instructions say to stir it occasionally. Obviously, if cooking overnight, you’re not going to do that. How necessary is that step?

        1. Well, I made it last weekend. As you suggested, it worked fine not stirring it. Interestingly, when I tasted it, it didn’t really have the strong gingerbread taste I expected, until I added some maple syrup to my bowl. Then it was delicious.

          1. Great, Rico! Thanks for letting me know! The best thing about oatmeal is that it’s a simple base, which can be tailored to just about anyone’s tastebuds. Added sweetener, added spice, added toppings, etc…it all works! 🙂

    1. Hi, Erin! It keeps really well in the fridge for at least 5 days. Just add some extra milk and warm it up when you want to reheat it! I’ve never tried freezing it, so I have no idea if that would work or not.

  6. 5 stars
    We love the Gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal. I tried it first when one of my grands was having a sleepover before Christmas. It was a hit, even tho they often have plain oatmeal at home. This time I added 1 Cup of old fashioned rolled oats because we like the combination. Also 1/2 cup of organic applesauce & used 4 C. water & 4 C. non-dairy milk, instead of 8 C. water. I cooked it on low for 8 hours. Delicious fragrance & flavor in the morning.
    I’ve also put in 2 cups frozen blueberries just because.
    I’m going to try other recipes, too. Thank you!

  7. 2 stars
    I have to say, I found this almost inedible because of the amount of spice. I was noticeably bitter . Is it really a whole teaspoon of nutmeg?