Overnight Oatmeal by Alton Brown, posted by the Food Network, is a good oatmeal recipe that you can make in a slow cooker. The recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and makes four servings.
Combine 1 cup steel-cut oats, 1 cup dried figs, 1 cup dried cranberries, 4 cups water and 1/2 cup half-and-half in a slow cooker. Cover the cooker, and allow it to cook on low heat overnight or for eight to nine hours. In the morning, stir the oatmeal, and place it into four serving bowls. Serve the oatmeal alongside your favorite fruit juice for a filling breakfast.
Recipe reviewers recommend substituting milk for the water to make the recipe creamier, and it is also possible to substitute the half-and-half with milk for a healthier version. Also, try adding vanilla or cinnamon for some extra flavor, and sweeten the oatmeal with brown sugar. Feel free to replace the figs and cranberries with raisins, blueberries, tart cherries, strawberries or your fruit of choice. Another flavor option is to combine apple chunks and cinnamon. Topping the oatmeal with fresh fruit upon serving is another way to add nutrition and flavor to the recipe. When choosing to make a half recipe for two people, consider using a smaller slow cooker to avoid burning the edges of the oatmeal.