Slow Cooker Cranberry Pumpkin Oats

I’ve got 2 important breakfast tips for you on Thanksgiving morning 🍂

1• make it simple

2• don’t deprive yourself trying to “save up” for the big meal

slow cooker pumpkin oatmeal

I’ll be eating some oatmeal and highly recommend you do the same for your whole family – pumpkin spice slow cooker oats are SO easy. My big time saving tip isn’t even using the slow cooker, it’s the fact that there is NO clean up involved! Just place a glass bowl in the slow cooker basin and fill the basin with water up to an inch or so below the bowl’s rim. Then put the ingredients in the bowl. Come morning, you won’t have oats crusted on the slow cooker and need to let it soak in the sink. The glass bowl can just go in the dishwasher and you can get on with your day. Your welcome!

Oats probably became a normal Thanksgiving meal for me as a pre-turkey trot meal, because I know they fuel my runs well. Oats work well pre-workout for most people, so give them a try if you’ll be getting your sweat on Thanksgiving morning!

{Last year we skipped the turkey trot and got this do-anywhere circuit workout in.}

Even better than the ease of this recipe and race fuel it provides, you can get a taste of thanksgiving dinner if you make the cranberry sauce in advance and add it to your oats in the morning. It’s he perfect way to get the fall flavors and colors! In the morning, you’ll also add your favorite nut or seed butter, and any other toppings you desire. This way, everyone can enjoy personalized oats based on what they are craving and you’ll all be feeling satisfied and energized.

Plus, come time for dinner, you’ll be less likely to overeat or binge on sugary desserts, and more likely to choose the foods you really enjoy and mindfully eat them to satisfaction. No food coma and uncomfortable feeling, no deprivation and no “I shouldn’t have had XYZ”.

By allowing yourself satisfying foods earlier in the day, even a bit of natural sweetness, you’ll enjoy Thanksgiving dinner & dessert more than ever before… and have more leftovers!

After you’ve made this and are recovered from Thanksgiving cooking, check out my fellow Recipe Reduxers naturally colored holiday recipes via the link at the bottom of this post!

Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cranberry Oats

Serves 4-6



  • Put a large glass bowl in slow cooker basin and fill basin with water up to 1 inch below top of bow
  • Add all ingredients except cranberry sauce to bowl
  • Set on low for 6-8 hours
  • Add cranberry sauce and choice of nuts or nut butter in the morning


11 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Cranberry Pumpkin Oats

  1. I often look over breakfast because I do want to “save my calories,” but you’re right it’s a terrible idea! Looks great!

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