Breakfast/ Oatmeal/ Slow Cooker

Overnight Crock Pot German Chocolate Oatmeal

Crock Pot German Chocolate Oatmeal topped with coconut in a wooden bowl

Oatmeal is one of the few healthy foods that I can get my three year-old to eat for breakfast, which means we end up eating a lot of oatmeal.

Crock Pot German Chocolate Oatmeal topped with coconut and pecans in a wooden bowl next to a spoonI like to find new flavors and ways to make it so we don’t get tired of it. Our regular rotation includes individual baked oatmeals and overnight steel cut oats. This is special occasion oatmeal (ok, that sounds like an oxymoron, but go with me on this).

Since you make it in this Overnight Crockpot German chocolate Oatmeal in the slow cooker, it’s ready to serve in the morning, which is great for times when holidays (like Valentine’s Day) or other special occasions fall on weekdays.{Overnight} Crockpot German Chocolate Oatmeal There’s no sugar in the oatmeal because I put the sugar on after the oatmeal is done. The brown sugar melts to form a caramel-y sauce, and I’ve found that we don’t use as much sugar if we add it at the end.

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Overnight Crockpot German Chocolate Oatmeal

Overnight Crockpot German Chocolate Oatmeal recipe is a healthy way to enjoy dessert for breakfast. It cooks overnight for an easy breakfast.

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 267 kcal
Author i heart eating

Ingredients

  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 7 cups water
  • 13.5 ounce can lite coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Sweetened shredded coconut
  • Chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Grease slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, water, coconut milk, and cocoa powder.
  3. Pour into slow cooker.
  4. Cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. To serve, top (in order) with brown sugar, pecans, shredded coconut to taste.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Facts
Overnight Crockpot German Chocolate Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Potassium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Protein 9g 18%
Calcium 4%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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81 Comments

  • Reply
    LaTrice
    September 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    OMG. The Overnight Crockpot German Chocolate Oatmeal is delicious!!! I used the whole half gallon of unsweetened coconut milk, along with adding two cups of water. It took about eight hours for the oatmeal to finish cooking, which was so worth it. My apartment smelled heavenly when I had to get up this morning to do some laundry. I added butter, brown sugar, shredded coconut and chopped pecans to the oatmeal. It felt like I was eating German chocolate cake for breakfast. I served the oatmeal with sausage links. This is the FIRST recipe that I made from your blog, and looking forward to making many more. Thank you so much, Kate for answering my questions and for this phenomenal recipe!!!! :-)

    • Reply
      Kate
      September 21, 2017 at 11:34 am

      I’m so glad that you liked it!! Please feel free to ask any other questions that you might have. I’m always happy to answer questions, and I appreciate you taking the time to come back and let me know that you liked the recipe! =D

  • Reply
    LaTrice
    September 12, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I’m super excited to make the German chocolate oatmeal for breakfast this week. Since I’m planning on using unsweetened coconut milk, would that be seven or eight cups?

    • Reply
      Kate
      September 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      I would go with 8 cups. I like my oatmeal on the creamier side though. Good luck!

      • Reply
        LaTrice
        September 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

        Thank you so much.

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    LaTrice
    September 4, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I found your blog through a link on Country Living website. This recipe has piqued my interest. I’m a HUGE fan of German chocolate, and it’s an awesome to enjoy the flavors with oatmeal. If I were to use Silk Unsweetened Coconut milk instead of adding seven cups of water and a thirteen ounce can of coconut milk, would the measurements remain the same? Thanks, Kate!!! :-)

    • Reply
      LaTrice
      September 4, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      I meant to say awesome way. My bad!!!

      • Reply
        Kate
        September 4, 2017 at 9:52 pm

        No worries! =)

    • Reply
      Kate
      September 4, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      I’m glad you found this recipe then! I’m a huge fan of German chocolate, too. =) Yes, you can sub Silk for the water and coconut milk. I have another overnight oatmeal recipe, and I use a combination of Silk almond and coconut milk in place of the water, and it works well. Hope you enjoy!!

  • Reply
    Tina
    May 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    How many servings does this make?

    • Reply
      Kate
      May 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      About 8 servings.

  • Reply
    gvizzle
    January 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I just made this recipe and it was friggin’ delicious. i just emailed it to everyone i know. i did make one change to the recipe – i used Silk Unsweetened Almond Coconut milk instead of water and coconut milk. I’ll definitely be making this again

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad that you liked it!! Also, thanks for the tip about using Silk! That’s really helpful. =)

      • Reply
        Lisa
        January 19, 2017 at 10:28 am

        Are there nutrition facts :) thanks

        • Reply
          Kate
          January 19, 2017 at 11:21 am

          I’m sorry, but I don’t have a way to provide nutrition facts on my recipes at this time. Here is a link to a recipe nutrition calculator that I’ve used. Hope that helps!

      • Reply
        Joyce B Orvis
        February 8, 2017 at 11:07 pm

        Where’s the recipe??

        • Reply
          Kate
          February 9, 2017 at 9:37 am

          About a quarter of the way down the page, there’s a large recipe card with the recipe in it. It’s right after the “You may also like” section.

  • Reply
    Jennie
    January 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Can this be done in the microwave as an instant breakfast. I only make for myself so no point in getting the slow cooker on for one.
    Unless a batch of 8 will last a week in the fridge ti reheat?

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      I’ve never tried steel cut oats in the microwave, but I have made them on the stove top, though. I use my little 2 quart crock pot when I make overnight oats so that I don’t have to dirty one of the larger ones. The oatmeal does reheat well. A batch usually lasts my family for 2-3 days (depending on how hungry everyone is). Hope that helps! =)

  • Reply
    Onlyessential
    April 13, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Mmmm. The recipe looks great, it attracts me. I also love your oatmeal. Can’t wait to taste it…Thanks for this healthy recipe. Perfect

  • Reply
    Harriet Emily
    March 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    mmm wow this looks so delicious!! Two of my favourite things – chocolate and oatmeal! Perfect!

    • Reply
      Kate
      March 19, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks! =)

  • Reply
    Erin | The Emerging Foodie
    January 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Uh yes please! I love oatmeal and I love crockpots and I love german chocolate things! Whew, so much love for this recipe. :) Pinning!

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I’m so with you on all of those things! =) Hope you enjoy it!!

  • Reply
    Kim Beaulieu
    September 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Totally digging this recipe. I love how you can do individual portions. Very cool.

  • Reply
    Carrie Allard-Levinson
    February 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    What size crockpot do you use?

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      I use a 5 qt. It ends up being about half full.

  • Reply
    Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama
    February 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 13, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks!! And thanks for hosting!! =)

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom
    February 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Wow, love this. I’m always looking for ways to change up our oatmeal, this looks like a real winner. I’ll be featuring this on tomorrow’s Show & Share party – thanks so much for linking up last week!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Yay! Thanks so much!! Me too – oatmeal’s a total blank canvas. Thanks so much for the feature!! =)

  • Reply
    Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
    February 12, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Delish! My kids would love this! Thank you for sharing at last week’s week’s All My Bloggy Friends :)

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 12, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Thanks! I hope you all enjoy it!! Thanks so much for hosting each week!! =)

  • Reply
    marbaird
    February 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

    here is the link to the Daily Dish where your recipe is feature. Feel free to grab and I’ve been featured button too. http://www.foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com/recipes-that-caught-our-attention-4/

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks so much!!! =D

  • Reply
    Katie
    February 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Yup, this one just got pinned. I absolutely adore my crockpot, oatmeal, and chocolate with coconut. I cannot wait to make this one!!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Me too!! I love my crockpot! Aren’t they the greatest! I hope you enjoy the oatmeal as much as we did!! =)

  • Reply
    Cindy Kerschner (@writelane)
    February 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Kate this oatmeal sounds so good to me. I love chocolate and coconut together, in oatmeal this sounds like a winner!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Thanks so much!! I hope you enjoy it! =)

  • Reply
    Sarah
    February 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I’m a full time student, wife (to a husband that travels), and a mom…so breakfast has been tough for me since the semester started 3 weeks ago. This is perfect! No more breakfast burritos in the student center! I am making this tomorrow night in my new Crock Pot. Thanks for sharing…I’m so glad to have discovered your lovely blog!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      So, you have less than no time! I hope you like it!! If you like oatmeal and want a make-ahead option, you might also like individual baked oatmeals. They reheat well, and the recipe is a blank canvas sorta recipe, so you can totally customize it. Anyway, I am so happy that you took the time to comment!! I hope you enjoy the oatmeal!!! =)

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    February 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I would just love waking up to this awesome bowl of goodness. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Reply
    marbaird
    February 9, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Hello: I absolutely love your crockpot oatmeal recipe. I wanted to let you know that I have selected your recipe from the Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party as my host favorite. It will be featured on the Daily Dish on Monday. I will send you the link when it goes live. Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Your co host from Nosh My Way,
    Marlene

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 9, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Yay! Thank you so much!!! That just made my morning!! =)

      • Reply
        marbaird
        February 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        I am so glad. I just can’t wait to try this recipe myself. I need to get all the ingredients first. :)

  • Reply
    Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy
    February 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    This looks and sounds AMAZING! I’m going to have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!! And thanks so much for hosting! =)

  • Reply
    Theresa
    February 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    This looks divine! My 19 month old boys love oatmeal…and chocolate, and mama loves her crockpot. (I noticed you posted oatmeal cups/muffins, those are a favorite around here!) We are going to have to try this recipe soon. Note to self- add steel cut oatmeal to list.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Thanks!! It makes life so much easier when kids will eat foods like oatmeal! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all enjoy it!! =)

  • Reply
    This Silly Girl's Life
    February 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Now THIS is a great idea… I don’t personally like oatmeal… or German chocolate cake (I know!) but I can tell this is a killer combo! We would love it if you would link up at our new linky party: Two Girls and a Party Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 8, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Thanks! Oatmeal I can understand, but you don’t like German chocolate cake?!? How is that possible? =) Thanks so much! I will definitely link up!!

  • Reply
    memoriesbythemile
    February 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I featured it today at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Thank so much for featuring it!! It’s always nice to hear that! =) And thanks so much for hosting!

  • Reply
    Kimberly
    February 6, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I pinned it on Pinterest. :)

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks for pinning!! =)

  • Reply
    Diana Rambles
    February 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I have wanted to make overnight oatmeal for a while and even got steel cut oats. The problem is my family wouldn’t want to eat it. I guess I need some overnight guests! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      That’s really too bad!! Thanks so much for hosting!

  • Reply
    I Gotta Try That
    February 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I love oatmeal and I need to make this. Looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Hugs,
    Marcie

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks!! And thanks so much for hosting each week!! I hope you like it! =)

  • Reply
    Michelle
    February 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Visiting from Wednesday Whatsits.
    If this recipe allows me to have chocolate for breakfast, I’m in! Looks good.

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 6, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the oatmeal! =)

  • Reply
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
    February 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Just read this recipe to my husband, he’s smiling and saying “oh yeah” . Thank you for sharing at over at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    Wanda Ann xoxo

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 5, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Thanks so much for that! I love to hear things like that!!! I hope you two enjoy it!! =D

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    [email protected] Plaid and Paisley Kitchen
    February 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Yum-o! Thanks for Linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 5, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Thanks! And thanks for hosting!! =)

  • Reply
    Mariel
    February 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Yum – I just pinned this and can’t wait to try it! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Also, don’t miss the Sweethearts Giveaway starting on Monday with over $2,000 in prizes. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Thanks! I would love to check out your link party!! Thanks so much for the invite! =)

  • Reply
    Nancy Pfeifer
    February 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Oh yummmy!! I love oatmeal. I hope you stop by to link to my party- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/01/link-party-5.html
    Nancy

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks!! I shared my pecan sticky buns and this oatmeal =).

  • Reply
    Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos
    February 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

    This sounds so insanely delicious. I’m definitely going to have to try it!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Thanks!! I hope you enjoy it!!! =)

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    February 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    German Chocolate Oatmeal – this sounds divine!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks!! Love the name of your blog!! =)

  • Reply
    Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com
    February 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Oh, my husband just adores steel cut oats but my son and I aren’t big fans. But with chocolate in them? Yes, please! Thank you for sharing this recipe. (Came via Nap Time Crafters.)

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for checking it out!! Cooking them in the crockpot seemed to cut down on some of the oat-y-ness, so I hope you all enjoy them!!! =)

  • Reply
    Audra @ Renewed Projects
    February 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    My kids are picky eaters…but this looks like something they would enjoy! Look forward to trying it.

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      My three year-old is, too. It makes it hard! I hope you all enjoy it!! =)

  • Reply
    Alexis AKA MOM
    February 1, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Oh wow that looks amazing! Crockpot is so my friend! Stopping by from Pin Me. Alexis from Running Away? I’ll Help You Pack!

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 1, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Me too!!! I love my crockpot!!! (My teenage self is so embarrassed right now) Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving comments! I totally appreciate your comments =)

  • Reply
    Rebekah L.
    February 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

    My kids would like this…looks yummy.

    • Reply
      kateheartseating
      February 1, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Thanks! I hope you all enjoy it! My resident picky eater liked it, and that’s saying a lot. =)

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