Steel cut oats taste great when prepared in a slow cooker. This recipe incorporates apples for extra flavor. Consider this ultra cheap breakfast recipe to add to your rotation.Slow-cooker apple oatmeal, part of the $10 Food Day from Cheap Recipe Blog. 4 HUGE servings cost just $2.37. Repin to save.

It’s been awhile since the last $10 Food Day series. A year and a half, to be exact.

Is it possible to eat on $10 a day?

In all honesty, it’s a challenge coming up with 4 crazy cheap recipes that cost less than $10 total. But I did it, and I’m super excited to share them with you!

What Is The $10 Food Day?

A one-day menu featuring four recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack), enough to feed a family of four – for less than $10 for the entire day. I’ve done three $10 Food Days before:

Consider mixing and matching recipes to come up with a menu your family will love.

Slow cooker apple oatmeal, feed 4 people for less than $10 a day!

Steel-Cut Oats Made In The Slow Cooker

Slow cooker apple oatmeal. Why haven’t I made this sooner?

Besides being cheap, this recipe is extremely easy. Just throw all the ingredients in a crock pot the night before, and you wake up to a delicious breakfast that is ready to go.

I love the idea of apple-themed breakfasts this time of the year. I always seem to manage to get some free apples in the fall from friendly neighbors. Even better, when I’m trying to stick to a $10-a-day food budget.

More Affordable Oatmeal Recipes

How to make steel cut oats in a slow cooker

Simple baked oatmeal

Applesauce overnight oatmeal

Berry baked oatmeal

Make-ahead baked oatmeal cups

The Cost

  • Steel cut oats (1 1/2 cups) = $1.08
  • Milk (2 cups) = $.34
  • Apple = $.70
  • Other ingredients (butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon) = $.25

Total cost for entire recipe = $2.37 (enough for four huge servings or eight small servings)

Another low-cost oatmeal recipe: Simple baked oatmeal (Just $.46 per serving)

Where You Shop Matters

For purposes of sticking to a $10-a-day food budget, it matters where you shop. Prices vary dramatically from grocery store to grocery store. A few months ago, I went to eight different types of grocery stores to compare prices on common food items. It was eye-opening.

=  Find out what grocery store is the cheapest  =

Check Back For The Remaining $10 Food Day Recipes!

Over the next few days, I will be posting the remaining three recipes (lunch, dinner, and a snack). Be sure to check back on the blog, or follow me on Facebook to get notified there.

Slow cooker apple oatmeal, feed 4 people for less than $10 a day!

Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Apple Oatmeal

Yield: 4 large or 8 small servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

This recipe makes a huge batch. You may have enough left for breakfasts throughout the week, depending on how many you are feeding.


  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups milk (any kind will work - I used 2 percent)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 apple, chopped


  1. Spray the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray (or coat with butter). Place all ingredients except for the apple in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  2. When there is an hour left, stir in the chopped apple. Serve with brown sugar, honey, chopped nuts, cinnamon, additional chopped apples, or other toppings.

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