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Wake up to ready-made breakfast with gingerbread slow cooker oats

When it comes to gingerbread, I really hate how those little cookies shaped as men get all the attention. Gingerbread flavor can be put to use in so many (better-tasting) foods, in my opinion, like oatmeal.

This cranberry-gingerbread oatmeal is slow-cooked overnight so you can basically just wake up, take the lid off and serve yourself a delicious bowl of holiday-flavored goodness. The cranberries are a fun combination with the gingerbread and bring a bright, refreshing bite to the gingerbread, molasses and spice flavors.

Slow cooker cranberry gingerbread oats
Image: Gina Matsoukas/SheKnows

Cranberry-gingerbread slow cooker oats recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 8 hours | Total time: 8 hours 5 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups steel-cut oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • Generous pinch kosher salt
  • 6 cups milk/water (any combination of the 2 will do)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, divided


  1. In a slow cooker, combine all the ingredients, using only 1/4 cup of the cranberries. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Remove the lid, and stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of cranberries until heated through.
  3. Spoon into bowls, and top with additional milk if desired.

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