Bananas Foster Slow Cooker Oatmeal

February 25, 2013

Do you love a lazy weekend?  My favorite thing to do when I don’t have to work is literally nothing.  I briefly left my house to go to the bar, but mostly sat around, played silly games on my computer, did some baking, and watched Star Trek with a beer or two.  Aside from the laundry I had to force myself into late Sunday, it was a perfectly relaxing weekend.


An integral part to my weekends is a delicious breakfast.  I never have time on weekdays (read: I like sleeping as long as possible) to make a real breakfast and clean up after myself, so I try to do it up on Saturday and Sunday.  I threw this all together after the bar on Friday, which should tell you how easy this is.  I rolled out of bed on Saturday to the delicious smell of this cooking and breakfast was ready and waiting – perfection!


I topped with some extra slices of fresh banana and some unsweetened almond milk.  I’m kicking myself now for not having whipped cream ready.  This breakfast is already decadent (but healthy!) and that would make for one extra decadent breakfast!  The pictures definitely do not do this dish justice.  Brown, lumpy oatmeal apparently does not photograph well!


5.0 from 1 reviews

Bananas Foster Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Serves: 4

  • 1 c steel cut oats
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 c water
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 1 + tbsp cinnamon (additional to taste. I go up to 1 tbsp + 1 tsp)
  • 2 bananas

  1. If necessary, spray your slow cooker (crock pot) with nonstick spray.
  2. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Break the bananas up as you add them or with a spoon. Stir until well combined.
  3. Set on low and cook, covered, for about 8 hours.
  4. Uncover and stir well. The oatmeal will look very dark on top and may have an extra dark layer. Stir well. Some oatmeal may be stuck to the sides, scrape off and mix into rest of oatmeal (this oatmeal is still good, and in fact my favorite part).
  5. Top with additional bananas, more almond milk, chocolate chips, or any other toppings you desire.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 175 Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 37g Fiber: 4g Protein: 4g


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    claire hill Oct 22, 2015

    Do you think you could use pudding rice instead of steel oats

      Kelly Oct 23, 2015

      I’ll be honest — I have no idea what pudding rice is. This might be UK vs American English at work (when I tried to Google it, I could only find recipes for rice pudding). If you already have a slow cooker recipe you like with pudding rice, I would recommend just swapping in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and bananas for whatever other sweeteners/flavorings are added to that recipe.

    Karina Aug 18, 2015

    Hi Kelly! I am a huge fan of your website and recipes! Especially this one! It’s so easy to prepare ahead of time and great to have on hand throughout the week. I was wondering if I could share this recipe in a newsletter for the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics? I will include your full name and blog address and can send you a copy of the newsletter when it is published. Just email me or comment back on your decision! Thank you!

    Tashiana Jun 01, 2014

    Your breakfast recipes are so inspiring!!

    robin Nov 10, 2013

    Can the recipe be doubled?

      Kelly Nov 10, 2013

      If you have a large slow cooker, yes feel free to double! Mine is one of the smaller sizes, so it would definitely overflow if I tried to add all of those ingredients.

    Christie - Food Done Light Nov 07, 2013

    This is going in the crock pot right now! I’ve been craving oatmeal which is highly unusual for me.

      Kelly Nov 07, 2013

      It must be the cold weather. I had a two week span of daily oatmeal when we had our first cold snap. let me know how breakfast turns out!

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    Amy Sep 09, 2013

    Oh yum! This looks amazing. I wish I had a slow cooker!

      Kelly Sep 09, 2013

      I got mine online last year on Black Friday for $7 — a very worthwhile investment! You could still get all the flavors without the ease of the slow cooker if you cooked it on a stove top (just adjust fluid as necessary for cooking on the stove, follow package instructions for cook time and temp but throw in the bananas, etc from the get go)

    Selina Jun 09, 2013

    This looks delicious! Could it work with another type of oatmeal? I don’t have steel cut but want to make this (& I have 3 containers of quick cook oats) 🙂

      Kelly Jun 09, 2013

      steel cut oats take much longer to cook than quick oats., so I’m unsure how long they would take in a slow cookers. I’d suggest cooking the quick oats according to package instructions (for the time and amount of water/milk), but throwing in the extra ingredients.

    Sara Mar 11, 2013

    What would be a good alternative for the almond milk?

      Kelly Mar 11, 2013

      Any kind of nondairy milk will work (I haven’t tried cows milk, but it’d probably be okay too). If you’d rather, you can sub it out for more water, but you will lose a little of the creaminess.

    The Sketched Chef Mar 01, 2013

    What a beautiful idea to use oatmeal in a slowcooker !
    It looks heavenly good 🙂

      Kelly Mar 01, 2013

      Thanks! It’s so so convenient!

    Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) Feb 26, 2013

    It’s hard to get excited about oatmeal, but this is one that I would definitely look forward to eating in the morning! 😀

      Kelly Feb 26, 2013

      If you weren’t excited yet, the smell in the morning would definitely get you interested. My whole house smelled fantastic!

    Joanne Feb 26, 2013

    I have to say, I love doing nothing also. And I love fun weekend breakfasts! This bananas foster sounds awesome!

    Amy (Savory Moments) Feb 25, 2013

    Ooohh this oatmeal looks so good! It’s perfect for a cold Saturday morning.

      Kelly Feb 25, 2013

      It definitely made my chilly Saturday all the better!

      Kelly Feb 25, 2013

      I wish I could take credit for the pictures… any time they look nice, it’s because Josh took them

    crazyforcrust Feb 25, 2013

    I need to try this! It sounds yummy. I must add steel cut oats to my list!

      Kelly Feb 25, 2013

      Let me know if you try it out!

    Anna |Apron Hearts Feb 25, 2013

    Oatmeal perfection!! I want that for my next breakfast!!

    a farmer in the dell Feb 25, 2013

    Yum! I needed this breakfast this morning. I guess there’s always tomorrow!

      Kelly Feb 25, 2013

      Tomorrow is the perfect day to have this for breakfast 😉 I polished off my left overs this morning, so I might need to make more tonight

    Rachel @ Bakerita Feb 25, 2013

    This sounds so easy and delicious!! Definitely need to try this for breakfast soon. Yummy!

    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin Feb 25, 2013

    Bananas and oatmeal happen to be two of my favorite breakfast foods, so I’m loving this recipe! The photos are mouthwatering – – great little twist to make a healthy breakfast taste more like a dessert! 🙂

      Kelly Feb 25, 2013

      I’m glad you like the photos (though, I’m not the one who can take credit for them!) I was afraid brown mush pile wouldnt translate well across the interwebs.

    Em @ Love A Latte Feb 25, 2013

    I’ve never had oatmeal from my slow cooker, but it looks like time to start! I love lazy weekends too and making delicious breakfasts…yum 🙂

    sally @ sallys baking addiction Feb 25, 2013

    I love making oatmeal in the slow cooker! I hardly have the chance to do it anymore, but when I do have some time – there is quite nothing like it. 🙂 And I love bananas foster! This is a must try breakfast girl!

    Natalie Feb 25, 2013

    So yummy! I can’t believe I haven’t made oatmeal in my slow cooker yet!

      Kelly Feb 25, 2013

      You should definitely try it! It’s so little effort but definitely tastes like a lot of work.

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Feb 25, 2013

    Making oatmeal in a slow cooker sounds really awesome and convenient, especially since I am always in a rush in the morning! This would certainly same me a little extra time in the a.m. Plus, any breakfast that focuses on bananas is a major win in my book :).

      Kelly Feb 25, 2013

      I think you can tell from my last several posts being very banana heavy (plus at least one more on the way) that I’m obsessed with banana breakfasts 😀

    Reba- Not So Perfect Life Feb 25, 2013

    I never thought about slow cooking my oatmeal! Such a good idea. I think the photos look great. I can tell the texture of the steel cut oatmeal. It looks awesome 🙂 I make overnight brown rice porriage like this all the time!