Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal in bowl being held with both hands with a spoon and nuts resting on top
Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Of course, you could make this oatmeal on your stovetop morning of, but there’s something special about awaking to overnight oats ready to go, having dumped everything into a crock pot the night before. I find a warm bowlful of gingerbread spiced oatmeal to be just the thing around the holidays, when family and friends descend. If you are a ginger lover, I suggest adding a bit of freshly grated to your slow cooker as well, with all other ingredients before cooking, to bump up the flavor.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal in bowl being held with both hands with a spoon and nuts resting on top
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Of course, you could make this oatmeal on your stovetop morning of, but there's something special about awaking to overnight oats ready to go, having dumped everything into a crock pot the night before. I find a warm bowlful of gingerbread spiced oatmeal to be just the thing around the holidays, when family and friends descend. If you are a ginger lover, I suggest adding a bit of freshly grated to your slow cooker as well, with all other ingredients before cooking, to bump up the flavor.
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Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings 8

Ingredients
 

  • 3 ½ cups whole rolled oats
  • 10 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • cup molasses
  • milk of choice, such as soy, almond, oat or whole milk, for finishing
  • walnuts and pure maple syrup for serving

Instructions
 

  • The night before you plan to serve this, put the oats, water, salt and spices in a slow cooker. Turn the machine on low, and set the timer for at least 8 hours. Mine automatically switches to the “warm” setting after the timer is done, so I have an extra two hours of keeping it toasty if I sleep in. If yours doesn’t have this feature, you can set it for up to 9 hours, or longer.
  • In the morning, give it a good stir to break up any clumps and add the molasses. If the oatmeal is very thick, you can add some milk or more water to get it to your desired consistency, and set the heat to high for a few minutes so warms back up after the liquid is added. To serve, spoon it into bowls, and top with nuts and maple syrup. The molasses does not give this enough “sweet”, so be sure to use pure maple syrup for the best flavor, or brown sugar if you prefer.
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