Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Oatmeal

I'm going crazy with the slow cooker recipes over here! I'm loving them.

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Steel Cut Oats, Apples, & Almond Milk. A delicious, vegan recipe for overnight, crock pot oatmeal.

One of my requirements for a successful slow cooker recipe is that it can take at least 7 to 8 hours (if I want it to). Slow cooker recipes that are for 3 to 4 hours on low are not really helpful to me, outside of the weekend. I'm not looking to come home at 5 pm and then start a four hour slow cooker recipe. But, if I can throw something in overnight or for the whole time I'm at work, then it really is a time savings for me.

So, my requirement for this oatmeal was that I could cook it for a full 7 to 8 hours. I tried to create a recipe for an overnight breakfast crumble, which was a huge fail - we threw the vast majority of it away because it was so bad. Crumble really only wants to be cooked for 4 hours...not the 8 hours I decided to try.

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Steel Cut Oats, Apples, & Almond Milk. A delicious, vegan recipe for overnight, crock pot oatmeal.

I also really wanted to make this oatmeal with realistic ingredients that you could easily have on hand - for me those are almond milk, steel cut oats, apples, and peanut butter. It's a lot more fun if you can throw a bunch of toppings on it as well - fresh fruit would work, but I decided to go the dried fruit and nut route with pistachios, currants, and dried cranberries.

I hope you enjoy this delicious, overnight oatmeal recipe and find it an easy way to serve a warm breakfast. If you don't need all four servings, this recipe will keep well in the fridge for a day.