Gingerbread Oatmeal is the perfect hands-off gingerbread oats recipe for the holidays. These gingerbread oats are bursting with holiday spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and all spice. Let the crockpot do the work!
Originally published December, 2017 || Updated November, 2021. As an Amazon Associate, I may earn from qualifying purchases.
I can’t help but think of Christmas music and a cozy mug of coffee when I enjoy these gingerbread oats.
When it comes to a Christmas morning breakfast, I really struggle between choosing this healthy gingerbread oatmeal and pomegranate cranberry baked oatmeal. Both are fantastic Christmas morning oatmeal recipes and very hands-off, but they appeal for different reasons.
The great thing about this gingerbread spice oatmeal is that you can use any type of oats you like. I’ve been into cooking gingerbread steel cut oats in the crockpot lately because it couldn’t be easier.
You can also modify as needed. I’ve made this vegan with coconut oil and almond milk, so if you need a vegan gingerbread recipe, this is for you.
And it makes a great smelling kitchen! I’ve really come to appreciate the magic that is molasses this year, and how important it is for the true gingerbread flavor. Don’t skip it!
Ingredients For Gingerbread Oats
Gather your ingredients in advance of Christmas morning so you can enjoy these lovely gingerbread steel cut oats while you sip on coffee and open presents.
- Coconut oil (or butter if not vegan)
- Uncooked steel cut oats (I really love the McCann’s Irish oatmeal)
- Milk – I used almond milk but you can use any type
- Blackstrap Molasses or maple syrup
For exact ingredients and measurements, scroll down to the recipe card.
How to Make Gingerbread Oatmeal in a Crockpot
I think a crockpot is the key to creamy oatmeal. Wondering how to cook steel cut oatmeal in a crockpot? It’s so simple.
Just combine all your ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir well to mix all the flavors together. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
Tips and Modifications For This Gingerbread Oatmeal Recipe
The first time I made this recipe, it just wasn’t gingerbread-y enough so I changed it up a bit and added more spices. The second time around, it was a little dry so I added a bit more liquid. Now, I have all the tips for you.
- When making crockpot oatmeal, make sure to add butter or oil into the crockpot when you first start. This helps grease the pot, but also provides some extra flavor when it melts and meshes with all the ingredients.
- I recommend using only steel cut oats for this creamy oatmeal recipe. They’re thicker and will hold up much longer. And you’ll get this creamy delicious result.
- If you are trying to get the true gingerbread flavor, you will want to use molasses and don’t substitute for it!
- This gingerbread oatmeal makes a big batch, so I love to make it ahead of time and put it in airtight containers in the fridge and pull it out as we feel like eating it. If it seems a little dry, add a little milk as needed and stir it in.
- To make vegan crockpot oatmeal, use any non-dairy milk. It’s an easy 1:1 ratio swap!
- If your oats seem dry, just add more milk, as needed.
Can I Make This Into Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal?
Yes, you can cook gingerbread oatmeal overnight, making it the perfect Christmas morning oatmeal breakfast.
- To make it overnight, you want to turn your crockpot on low right before you go to bed.
- Let it cook for 8 hours and then in the morning, you have a comforting, hot breakfast and your house will smell amazing!
How Long Does Gingerbread Oatmeal Last?
Gingerbread oats will last anywhere from 4 to 6 days when kept in the fridge in an airtight container.
You will want to be sure to put it in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking it to prevent bacteria that can develop when it sits at room temperature. For more on food safety, check out Food Safety.gov.
How Do I Reheat Gingerbread Oatmeal?
To reheat your gingerbread oatmeal, you will want to put your oatmeal in a microwavable safe container and cook in the microwave for about 1 to 2 minutes.
After 1 minute you will want to stir your oatmeal and check the temperature. Continue to cook at 30 second intervals until it reaches the desired temperature.
This healthy gingerbread oatmeal is so easy to make and is delicious on its own, but I also love to top it with a few of my favorite things to mix it up a bit!
- Peanut Butter (or any type of nut butter)
- Hemp Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Chopped walnuts
- Dried fruit
- A dollop of Greek yogurt
Get as creative as you want! I’ve even put some peppermint chocolate on there and it was delicious.
Hopefully, this little trick of cooking oatmeal in the crockpot will become a life hack for you too. Make this on Christmas Eve to have it ready for Christmas morning.
Share in the comments how your gingerbread crockpot oatmeal turned out!
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- Cranberry Strawberry Chia Sauce
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- Combine all ingredients in slow cooker, stirring well to mix the flavors around.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 265mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 8g