Homemade Crock Pot Peanut Butter Oatmeal is a hearty breakfast recipe the whole family will enjoy. Simply put your ingredients in your slow cooker and let it do all the work! Only 5 minutes of prep time! A fantastic gluten-free breakfast idea.
Wake up to a hearty Crock Pot Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe. It’s so easy to throw all your ingredients in your slow cooker and enjoy a nutritious and delicious breakfast the following day.
It's brilliant. It cooks overnight!
You’ll also want to try this easy basic recipe for Crock-Pot Oatmeal and our very popular Overnight Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole. We also suggest these Crockpot Apples on top of this recipe!
If you haven’t tried an Overnight Crockpot recipe, you’re in for a treat. Oatmeal in the crockpot is so easy!
Just throw all your ingredients in your slow cooker, and in the morning, breakfast is made.
It’s perfect for getting everyone out the door quickly or when you’re feeding a crowd and need something a little more substantial and nutritious than boxed cereal.
If you're new to slow cooking, we have the best Crock Pot Tips and Tricks.
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Only a few simple ingredients you likely have in your pantry are needed to make slow cooker oatmeal.
- Milk (or milk alternative)
- Steel Cut Oats - uncooked.
- Peanut Butter - crunchy or creamy peanut butter works.
- Butter - salted or unsalted butter.
- Vanilla - pure vanilla extract.
- Cinnamon - optional
- Salt - to balance the flavors.
- Flaxseed - a wonderful addition for added nutrition.
How to Make Crock Pot Peanut Butter Oatmeal
This recipe is so easy to prep in under 5 minutes. What breakfast recipe can say that??
Step 1 - COMBINE All INGREDIENTS IN SLOW COOKER
If you like, spray your crock with non-stick spray or a liner to prevent sticking. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to your slow cooker.
Step 2 - SET IT AND FORGET IT!
Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary). We usually do this overnight.
Tip: If your slow cooker tends to run hot, you can also use the warm setting for cooking
Step 3 - STIR, SERVE and ENJOY
Wake up and enjoy!
Tips for Making Crock Pot Oatmeal with Peanut Butter
- For the best results, steel-cut oats are the best to use. If you cook it for less time, you can use old fashioned oats.
- You can use crunchy or creamy peanut butter in this recipe.
- If your oatmeal seems dry in the morning, just a little milk (or milk alternative).
- This recipe was made in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Topping Ideas and Additions for Peanut Butter Oatmeal
This crockpot breakfast idea is good all on its own, but if you’d like to top your oatmeal with some additional flavor and texture, these are the best ideas:
- Sliced Bananas - a match made in heaven.
- Jelly or Jam - this makes wonderful peanut butter and jelly oatmeal!
- Walnuts, Pecans, or other nuts - for added crunch.
- Maple Syrup - the perfect combo for creamy peanut butter.
- Sliced Strawberries - another fruit that works well.
- Chocolate Chips - who can resist chocolate and PB?
- Raisins - they plump and taste delicious in oatmeal.
- Diced Apples - pair perfectly with apples.
- Ground Flaxseed - for added nutrition.
- Wheat Germ - for more nutrition.
- Protein Powder - kick up the protein content.
More Crockpot Breakfast Ideas
Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon, healthy Blueberry Crockpot Oatmeal, Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole, and this easy Overnight Breakfast Casserole are also slow cooker favorites!
How Do You Store and Reheat Crock Pot Oatmeal
We find that this slow cooker oatmeal is delicious the next day, so store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
When ready to eat, reheat the oatmeal for a minute and a half in the microwave or until the desired temperature. You may need to add extra milk (or milk alternative) to moisten the oatmeal after it's reheated.
You can also freeze your oatmeal made with peanut butter. Simply place in an airtight container, label & date, and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
Other Breakfast Favorites
Breakfast Bagel Pizzas - another make-ahead breakfast everyone loves!
Breakfast Sundaes - fun and delicious, but also healthy.
1-Minute Omelet - you have time for breakfast with this recipe.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars - hearty, scrumptious bars that freeze well for meal prep.
What Temperature to Cook Crock Pot Oatmeal
Because it cooks overnight, we recommend either low or warm to cook your crockpot oatmeal recipe. High heat would be too much and burn or overcook the recipe.
Can You Make Peanut Butter Oatmeal Vegan?
If you use a milk alternative like almond milk and coconut oil instead of butter, yes, this recipe is naturally vegan.
It is also gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats.
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Crock Pot Peanut Butter Oatmeal Recipe
- 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
- 1-½ cups fat-free or low fat milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
- 1-½ cups water
- ¼ cup peanut butter (smooth of crunchy)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
- 1-½ tablespoons butter (cut into 5-6 pieces (optional))
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- Optional garnishes: chopped nuts (raisins, chocolate chips, jelly, sliced apples, maple syrup, additional milk or butter)
- Coat inside of slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to a slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low (or warm) for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary).
- Spoon peanut butter oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Freezes well.
- To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in a microwave-proof bowl. Add ⅓ cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.
- To make this recipe plain oatmeal, just omit the peanut butter.
- It's important to use steel-cut oats when making your oatmeal in the crockpot overnight. Old Fashioned or quick-cooking oats will turn to mush with the extended cooking time.
- You can use all water if you want to make this recipe dairy-free.
- To reheat single servings, put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl. Add ⅓ cup milk. Then, microwave on high for 1-minute; stir. Continue heating for another minute, or until the desired temperature.
What a delicious and easy breakfast. I made some and served it banana and strawberries and couldn't not get enough.
Erin Henry says
We love it topped with fruit too! Love this recipe for its ease.
katerina @ diethood.com says
Such a wonderful and healthy breakfast treat!! YUM!! I can't wait to try it!
Erin Henry says
You're gonna love how simple and easy it is! It's even great leftover the next day.