Slow Cooker Banana Walnut Oatmeal Breakfast

After a fun-filled weekend with our son home from college, and after getting to bed late every night, on Sunday, when the house was so quiet, I pulled out my slow cooker.

Within about 3 minutes I had one of our family-favorite breakfasts cooking.

I’m sure there are many varieties with different fruits and nuts, but this seems to be our family favorite.

Slow Cooker Banana Walnut Oatmeal
(serves 8-10)

6 cups soy milk or skim milk
4 cups old fashioned oats
4 bananas, sliced
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
6 Tbs. brown sugar (I used Agave)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Vanilla yogurt (optional)

In medium sized slow cooker, combine milk, oats, bananas, walnuts, sugar (or Agave), cinnamon and salt.

Cook on LOW for 1-2 hours, or MEDIUM-HI for 1 hour. Stir occasionally, or until desired consistency.

You can serve it with yogurt, and you can also serve it with fresh berries on top.

Amazing breakfast for a family with teenagers. In fact, when my son had 4 of his teen friends spend the night a few weeks ago, I got a pot of this going in the slow cooker so it was ready to eat when they woke up.

Fast and easy. Healthy and filling.

Do you have a favorite slow cooker breakfast? Or have your ever tried making oatmeal this way?

15 comments on “Slow Cooker Banana Walnut Oatmeal Breakfast”

  1. This was amazing!! I substituted the walnuts with sliced almonds ($$), it was great – everyone loved it!

  2. Mmmm… this sounds awesome!! Love oatmeal!

  3. Just made this today and it was a huge hit! I halved it for my three boys and I and it was gone in minutes. I’ll definitely be making the full batch next time and saving some for my husband. Thanks for the terrific recipe. It will be made over and over again.

  4. Made this for company this morning and it was a hit. I made it exactly as is. It made 5 large portions. Super easy! Start it a couple of hours before your guests wake up.

  5. This sounds delicious! I LOVE oatmeal and can’t wait to try it. I really like to make a crockpot egg casserole…

    I love anything with vegetables, so first I saute some green peppers and onions in olive oil. I get a big (32 ounce) bag of frozen hash browns, and put a third of them on the bottom of the slow cooker. Add a third of the onions/green peppers, add about a a third of a pound of cooked cubed ham, and a half cup of cheese (I use Cheddar). Repeat the layers twice more.

    In another bowl, mix 12 eggs, a cup of milk, and some salt and pepper (if you like that). Pour it over the ingredients and cook on low. I cook it overnight, so about 8 hours, but I think newer crockpots can cook it faster and it is about six hours. I originally got this recipe from busy cooks, if you want more info!

  6. Thank you for the recipe. I made it this morning for my kids and the babysitter’s kids. It was nice to just throw everything in and then get ready for work. Apparently, the girls loved it and the boys weren’t that excited about it. I hope to try more recipes like this one. It does make a ton though. I might cut it in half next time.

  7. This looks really interesting. I just printed the recipe and added it to my future list. It might be just the thing for a lazy weekend morning. We all love Baked Oatmeal, so hopefully this will be a hit as well. Thanks!

  8. Looks good. Like others mentioned it would probably not be worth it for the two of us but would be great if we have company.

    I make individual servings of oatmeal in the microwave. I only use the oldfashioned oats so I don’t how the “quick” version would work.


  9. Oh dang, that looks delicious!!!

  10. This recipe looks fabulous Sandy! I’ve been meaning to make something in my slow cooker and I already eat steel cuts oats regularly so I’m going to try your recipe! Then I’m going to see if my steel cut oats will work in in too since they are also slow cooking. Love walnuts and bananas-YUMMY! Thank you for sharing. :)


  11. This looks like such a delicious, yet healthy breakfast. We enjoy oatmeal, but don’t often have time to make it in the mornings. I love that it is cooked in a slow cooker. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Memorial Day, Sandy!

  12. Yum…I’m going to make this. I have only made oatmeal in the crockpo with apples snd cinnamon…and I like making quiche in the crockpot.

  13. Good Morning Sandy!
    Wish I had some company to cook for! Just me and my hubby. All of the ingredients are staples so I like that. Empty nest is not so fun sometimes. I’ve never tried a slow cooker breakfast but will try this. I can see doing this in my RV when we have family camping trips! Summer’s coming and I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing! I believe I can smell it all the way from Oregon! Blessings! Have fun with your kids!

  14. Slow cooker breakfast? Love that idea – especially this combination with bananas and walnuts. Yum….thanks for sharing Sandy!

  15. I am going to bookmark this and try it when Chelsea and Mikey return from their mission trip. I’ll bet this will welcome them home in a great way!!

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