Instant Pot Oatmeal


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This slow cooker oatmeal is a delicious and healthy way to meal prep your breakfast! Made without dairy or refined sugar, it’s easily customizable, like a delicious salted caramel mocha flavor! 

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Vegan Slow Cooker Oatmeal

When it comes to cozy breakfast ideas, I love whipping up a cinnamon roll baked oatmeal, breakfast cake, and this slow cooker oatmeal. 

As someone who eats PLENTY of oatmeal, I was surprised at how long it took me to prepare batches of it in advance. Actually, let me take that back. During the warmer months, I prep overnight oats for every single day of the week. However, in the cooler months, you’d need to pay me to eat cold oatmeal. Luckily, I’ve found a genius hack to have WARM oatmeal every morning, without preparing a new bowl each morning.

While I wish I could prepare a fresh bowl of stovetop oats every day, I just don’t have the patience or time to do so. Luckily, utilizing my best friend, the slow cooker, has been a game changer. Every Sunday morning, like clockwork, I take a few minutes to prepare a big batch of slow cooker oatmeal to last me for the coming week. It takes seconds to do, and once it’s done, I simply portion it up and have it ready to go!

With the holiday season around the corner, I wanted to give it a festive twist, and, inspired by Starbucks, flavored it with one of the popular holiday beverages!

Salted Caramel Slow Cooker Oatmeal

This Healthy Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Mocha Oatmeal is the perfect comforting breakfast or food to prep which takes no effort at all. While comforting, it is actually healthy, stick-to-your-ribs-filling, and secretly good for you!

I used a base of dairy-free milk, but kept it completely sweetener free, as the salted caramel drizzle was sufficient. I also opted to add some protein to it in the form of protein powder. 

Made with or without actual coffee, I’ve found that making it this way ALSO replaces any need for caffeine in the morning!

Ingredients to make slow cooker oatmeal 

For the oatmeal base

  • Rolled oats– Be sure to use certified gluten free rolled oats, if needed. 
  • Salt– Brings out the natural sweetness of the oats. 
  • Instant coffee– Optional, but add it if you’d like the authentic caramel mocha flavor. 
  • Vanilla extract– Gives a slight vanilla flavor. 
  • Milk of choice– Any plant based milk can be used. I use either unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened soy milk. 

For the mix-ins and toppings

  • Caramel sauce– A must for a caramel mocha! I drizzle some vegan caramel sauce on top and throughout. It also provides the oatmeal some sweetness, without adding any sugar or syrups!
  • Protein powder– Optional, but gives a protein boost and extra staying power. 
  • Toppings of choice- Nuts, seeds, fruit, peanut butter, or your favorite oatmeal toppings. 

How do you make healthy slow cooker oatmeal?

Simply add all your oatmeal ingredients into a slow cooker and give it a good stir. Let it cook on low for 7-8 hours. Once cooked, add in protein powder, caramel sauce, and mix-ins of choice. 

slow cooker oatmeal

Can I make this in a crockpot or instant pot? 

Yes, if you’d like to make instant pot oatmeal or crockpot oatmeal, simply prepare it the same way. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. 

Tips to make the best oatmeal

  • Do not use other kinds of oats, like quick oats or steel cut oats. They would require different proportions and cooking times. 
  • If you’d like the oats cooked faster, you can cook on high for 2-3 hours.
  • Omit the coffee if you want plain slow cooker oatmeal. Remember, you can dress it up once it is cooked! 
  • For even creamier oatmeal, use canned coconut milk or add non-dairy creamer to it. 
  • Do not add the protein powder or caramel to the slow cooker, or else it will affect the texture. Stir both through once cooked. 

Storing and freezing tips

  • To store: Slow cooker oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week. As the oats will thicken, be sure to add extra milk, as needed. 
  • To freeze: Place oatmeal in a freezer friendly container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw it completely, before adding extra milk.
  • To reheat: Either in the microwave or stovetop. 
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Instant Pot Oatmeal

5 from 9 votes
This instant pot oatmeal is a delicious vegan and gluten free meal prep option! Flavored with a salted caramel mocha flavor, it's a heathy breakfast choice!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 7 minutes



For the oatmeal

  • Combine all the ingredients in a large slow cooker and give it a good stir. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

For the preparation

  • Drizzle desired amount of salted caramel sauce into the oatmeal and mix well. Transfer oatmeal to bowls, if desired, add a scoop of protein powder (1 serving per bowl) and add a dash more milk. Top with caramel sauce and sea salt and any other toppings and enjoy.


* I like the very slight mocha taste- If you want a stronger coffee taste, add more. You can completely omit this if desired.
TO STORE: Slow cooker oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week. As the oats will thicken, be sure to add extra milk, as needed. 
TO FREEZE: lace oatmeal in a freezer friendly container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw it completely, before adding extra milk.
TO REHEAT: Either in the microwave or stovetop. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSodium: 927mgPotassium: 218mgFiber: 5gCalcium: 356mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 26g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Haha – I wonder why they called it a cowboy mocha? Do they think Aussies would be fooled into thinking its what ‘those cowboys in the wild west’ drink??!!
    I’m always disappointed when I buy something that’s ‘salted caramel’ as its always lacking on the salt front… apart from salted caramel Lindt… that stuff is like gold!

  2. This oatmeal! Hahahaha, no really, this looks super delicious and comforting! I love a warm curry stew, gooey chocolate cake and creamy sorbet! Those speak comfort to me! <3

  3. Whereas there are some caramel beverages at Starbucks Germany there is none with salted caramel as far as I know. Salted caramel is only reluctantly coming over here. And even if thery had it here I would propably only try it once and then curse over the following heartburn. But I love the taste. I like taste combinations like sweet and salty.
    And I do really not mind your non-existent Starbucks fetish because I clearly don’t have one myself 😛

  4. I’m with Nikki, I could down one of those Starbucks specialty drinks no problem, with whip and an extra shot of espresso. 😉

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