This cherry pie oatmeal is going to be one of your favorite weekday breakfasts. You’ll love how easy and healthy it is and your kids will love this breakfast that tastes like dessert. Best of all, this dish is so inexpensive you could make it every day for a week for less than the cost of one restaurant breakfast!
The Breakfast Dilemma
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but mornings are way too busy! We don’t have time to get the kids up and ready for the school day AND make a hot breakfast.
Cereal is great since it’s fast, easy, and inexpensive. Unfortunately, it’s not very filling. Chances are, your kids are getting hungry again shortly after the morning announcements at school.
Oatmeal, however, is super filling. Those whole grain oats will keep your kids’ tummies satisfied all morning long! If your kids have turned their noses up at oatmeal before, it’s time to reintroduce them to this easy, affordable breakfast choice.
Trust me, the kids are going to think you are playing a trick on them when you offer up this Cherry Pie Oatmeal. It’s like breakfast dessert! Kids LOVE it! They don’t need to know it’s full of whole grains, protein, and healthy fats!
Bonus, you make it in your crockpot so you can do all the work at night and wake up to this delicious breakfast. I told you this was an easy breakfast recipe, didn’t I?
How to Make Cherry Pie Oatmeal
Save yourself some work on the backend by coating your crockpot with nonstick spray before you do anything else. I use the olive oil spray for the healthy fats.
Next, use a sharp knife to chop your walnuts. Sure, you can buy them chopped, but you’ll save yourself a lot of money by chopping them yourself and it only takes a minute.
Now, you’re ready to start adding ingredients to your crockpot. Add the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nuts and stir well. After the ingredients are well mixed, remove 2 cups of the mixture and set it aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Then, pour HALF of the mixture over the oats.
Next, pour the cherry pie filling over the other ingredients in the crockpot. Try not to let the filling touch the sides of the crockpot to avoid burning while it’s cooking.
Top the pie filling with the remaining 2 cups of oatmeal mixture. Then, pour the remaining egg mixture on top of the oats.
Cover and “bake” for 4-6 hours on low or 2 hours on high.
- 4 cups uncooked oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups full-fat milk
- 1 can cherry pie filling
Coat the crockpot with nonstick spray - we used the olive oil option.
Chop your walnuts well with a sharp knife.
Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nuts in the crockpot and stir well.
Remove two cups and set aside.
Whisk the eggs and milk together well.
Pour half of the egg-milk mixture over the oats and set aside.
Pour the cherry pie filling overtop of the oats, being careful to avoid the sides to prevent burning.
Cover the cherry pie filling with the remaining 2 cups of oatmeal mixture, and then pour the remaining egg mixture overtop.
Cover and "bake" for 4-6 hours on low or 2 hours on high.
More Breakfast Recipes
Once you’ve tried this recipe, I think you’ll love crockpot oatmeal as much as I do. My Overnight Gingerbread Oatmeal is another easy breakfast. You might also like the Easy Oatmeal Cookbook. The recipes are super easy AND delicious!
If you were a bigger fan of the dessert quality of this recipe, then you will really like this Croissant Bread Pudding.
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