Crock-Pot Gingerbread Oatmeal

CrockPot Gingerbread Oatmeal

Today, as I write this the temperature is -17 degrees (NEGATIVE 17!!!) here in Wyoming. And I gotta tell you when it gets that cold you crave need something hot and hearty for breakfast. It just warms you up from the inside out. I love cooking steel cut oatmeal in my crock-pot because it makes the whole process just easy as can be. You just toss everything in the slow cooker and wake up to a warm breakfast ready to serve.

This recipe for Crock-Pot Gingerbread Oatmeal just hits the spot on a cold morning with all the yummy flavors of your favorite gingerbread cookie. Warm spices, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. A bit of brown sugar and molasses round out the flavors and adds just the right amount of sweetness. You could toss in some raisins or candied ginger if you want to. I was going to put some candied ginger in this one but when I went to the cupboard to grab some I realized I was all out, and frankly it is just too cold to go to the store today.

I am thinking this would make for a lovely breakfast on Christmas morning, and I may just do this recipe again on Christmas day this year!

Crock-Pot Gingerbread Oatmeal

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Fat per serving: 0

Crock-Pot Gingerbread Oatmeal


4 cups water
1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Spray crock-pot insert with non-stick cooking spray or line with a crock-pot liner.
  2. Add all ingredients to the slow-cooker and stir to combine well (spices will float on the top, this is normal).
  3. Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours.
  4. Enjoy!


Top with raisins, nuts or chopped candied ginger if desired.

Dietary Notes: This recipe is Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Fat-Free & Gluten-Free (if you use gluten-free oats).

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  1. Sue Lewis says

    I don’t want to get up at 3 a.m. to fix or even just turn on the crockpot for an 8 a.m. breakfast so can it be on low overnight or will that ruin it?

    • says

      Hi Sue, it will probably over cook if you cook it for 8 hours on low overnight. A programmable crock-pot is ideal for this recipe. If you don’t have a programmable one you can set up yourself with a timer (sold for turning on and off your lights while you are on vacation).

  2. Cindy says

    I’ve done overnight steel cut oats in the crockpot and have found they turn out best (if you’re cooking them for more than 6 hours) if I turn the crockpot onto “keep warm setting” rather than the “low”. The oats are cooked, warm and not burned or overly dry with that route, cooking for 7-8 hours.


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