Need a quick, easy, and healthy family-friendly breakfast? These Slow Cooker Overnight Oats with blackberries and pears will hit the spot!
This guest post is from Tisha Riman, a nutritionist, food stylist, recipe developer and the blogger behind The Nourished Mind: where self-care meets nutrition. There you’ll find lots of gluten-free recipes, as well as tips on how to improve gut health, practice intuitive eating and reduce stress. Whether it’s a green smoothie or a glass of wine, Tisha believes that a well-balanced lifestyle is one that you actually enjoy. Over to you, Tisha!
If ever there was a warming winter breakfast dish, this would be it. Pears, cardamom and blackberries all come together in this super filling, super easy-to-make slow cooker overnight oats.
With the days feeling cold and dark, it’s an absolute pleasure to wake up to the smell of this in the kitchen.
As an oatmeal lover through and through, I know the importance of flavourful toppings. (In my experience, people who downright hate oatmeal have often only ever been exposed to bland versions of it.)
My favourite way to make oatmeal is to simply add a fruit compote over top—it adds flavour and sweetness, and is incredibly versatile.
The beauty of this recipe is that the compote is made in the slow cooker with the oatmeal! By adding it as a base layer, you allow the fruit to cook down into a juicy compote, while the oatmeal cooks on top of it. In the morning, you can simply uncover and voila: fresh cooked oatmeal and a berry-fruit topping ready to serve!
How To Make Slow Cooker Overnight Oats
This slow cooker overnight oats recipe comes together so quickly. The night before, simply mix all of the fruit filling ingredients, except for the butter, to thoroughly combine. Spread it evenly into the bottom of a greased slow cooker and dot with butter.
Mix your oat ingredients and pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.
Key Ingredients for this Recipe
Not a fan of pears? No problem! Swap out for apples or any other fruit you’d like. Similarly, if you can’t find pear juice near you, apple juice or cider is equally delicious.
Storage + Leftovers
If you have leftovers, simply store them in the fridge in a covered container for up to 5 days.
To reheat, add a serving of oatmeal to a small pot, and add a splash of water (or almond milk). Heat through and enjoy!
Slow Cooker Overnight Oats with Blackberries + Pears
- Slow Cooker
For the fruit filling:
For the oats:
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups pear juice
- .25 tsp salt
- In a large bowl, toss together all the fruit filling ingredients, except for the butter. Pour it into the bottom of a greased slow cooker. Dot with butter.
- Mix together the oat ingredients. Place oat mixture on top of filling.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- To serve: drizzle with maple syrup and top with fresh fruit.