Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal

This delicious slow cooker pumpkin oatmeal makes mornings a breeze! A simple and healthy way to start your day with fiber, wholesome oats, pumpkin, and protein powder.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Slow Cooker

So the other morning I was literally running around like a crazy person in my kitchen, here’s how it went down:

Put toast in toaster. Look for coffee cup. Take knife from toddler’s hand (she’s trying to help butter the toast). Get bowls out for Greek yogurt. Toast pops pup. Butter toast. Put toddler in high chair. Scoop Greek yogurt into bowls. Toddler demands a drink. Pick up fussy baby. Get out baby cereal. Pour toddler a drink and take it to her. Cut up a few strawberries. Reheat coffee. Mix up baby’s cereal. Finally take my yogurt and coffee to the table. Bring baby and cereal to the table. Sit down and eat.

I was ready to go back to bed! There has got to be an easier way people–short of getting a live-in cook or nanny or cloning myself.

Crockpot Pumpkin Oatmeal

My new plan looks something like this. 9:00 pm previous night: prep pumpkin oatmeal in the crockpot. Turn on warm. Go to sleep (eventually) and wake up to a ready-made breakfast! Place in bowls. Eat. Drink coffee while hot. Be happy.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal

Yield: 4 cups cooked oatmeal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

This delicious slow cooker pumpkin oatmeal makes mornings a breeze! Simple and healthy way to start your day with fiber, wholesome oats, pumpkin, and protein powder.


  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 scoop protein powder, I use Shakeology- optional
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, or preferred sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Turn on warm and cook for 8-9 hours.
  2. (I think  you could also do 6 hour on low, but I haven't tested it and I sleep longer than that! :))
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

You can also make this pumpkin oatmeal on the stove top. Just combine all ingredients and simmer on the stove until thickened. Not too difficult either, but I do love walking downstairs in the morning to the delicious smells of an already cooked meal!

healthy pumpkin oatmeal recipe

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We’ve been really love these brilliant September days. They start off cool and crisp, warm up to perfect play outside weather, and then fade out into that glorious coolness. Plus it gets dark at the perfect time–toddler bedtime! We are all about enjoying every second of the fall! Our family probably has too many traditions and things we love to do–apple cider making, trips to Gull Meadow Farm, pumpkin doughnuts, raking leaves, going to Shipshewanna, hayrides, bonfires, not to mention our pumpkin carving party! Love it all!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal

I hope this little bowl of oatmeal makes your life easier so you can be off to your fun fall days a little faster and drink your coffee while it is still hot!

Have you ever made oatmeal in a slow cooker? 

Also, do you say slow cooker or crockpot? 

If you make this recipe you may need…

This simple crockpot, which I have and have loved for going on 9 years!

A cute bowl for your oats!

Cloth napkins (these are similar), but mine are actually dish towels from Ikea!

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