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Creamy Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oats

The perfect heart-healthy and heart warming breakfast! Whole, unprocessed oats cooked into a sweet, creamy porridge...and you can even do it while you sleep.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 240 Minutes
Yield: Makes 6 Servings


For those of you that aren't familiar with oat 'groats', they are the whole oat grain. They are minimally processed, and thus retain all the wonderful nutrients and fiber that is present in the bran. However, they do take significantly longer to cook than regular rolled oats, which is why we love to make them in the slow cooker!

This recipe is incredibly simple; just combine the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on, and leave it for 6-8 hours. You can even put it on before you go to bed and your breakfast will be waiting for you in the morning!

If you don't have a slow cooker, you can still make this recipe. Add all the ingredients to a large pot and cook over a very low heat for 3-4 hours until the oats are soft, and most of the liquid is absorbed. You will need to be present to monitor the cooking time, and to stir the mixture 1-2 times per hour to prevent sticking.


  • 1 1/2 cups whole oat groats (see notes above)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups soy, rice or almond milk
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. date puree (or 3 tbsp. maple syrup)
  • 3 tbsp. whole flax seeds


Combine all ingredients in the base of your slow cooker. Cook for 6-8 hours, until thick and porridge-like (cooking times will vary depending on your slow cooker.) Once cooked, remove the lid and stir the mixture before serving.

Serve hot, topped with your favourite fresh fruits.

Prepared oats will keep, refrigerated, for 4-5 days (but are not suitable for freezing.) To reheat, simply place the desired amount in a small pot or saucepan, add an extra splash of milk or water, and warm through.