Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce Cake Oatmeal – the Oatmeal to Get You in the Mood for Fall

Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce Cake Oatmeal

My aunt used to make the most wonderful applesauce cake every year in the fall. It was unbelievably moist and had the perfect blend of spices to get you in the mood to take a drive to look at the fall foliage. I love the color changes of the leaves.

This is my attempt to get close to that flavor. I added pears for a little twist (because I have some ripe ones that need to be used).

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You may not need any extra sweetener in this one if your pear is very sweet. My pear wasn’t and I wanted to get in an additional fall taste with the brown sugar.

** Make sure to check out my other oatmeal recipes. I have over 40 different flavors!

Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce Cake Oatmeal

Serves: 2 to 3

soy-free and gluten-free **This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker 1½ to 2 quarts
  • ½ cup (40g) steel-cut oats
  • 1½ cup (375ml) Unsweetened So Delicious Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup (124g) applesauce
  • 1 small pear, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 pinches (about 1/16 teaspoon) allspice
  • 2 pinches cloves
  • 2 pinches cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • sweetener of choice, to taste (I used 2 tablespoons brown sugar)
The night before:
  1. Spray your crock with some oil to help with clean up later. Add all the ingredients except the sweetener.
  2. Cook on low over night (7 to 9 hours).
In the morning:
  1. Stir your oatmeal well and add sweetener. It may seem watery at the top but if stirred it should be a more uniform consistency.



  1. Lenna (veganlenna) says

    Hi, I have to say that your blog is the most amazing thing ever! I want to go through all your post and click on the “like” button like mad :) I love oatmeal so much and I try to come up with various creations, but none of them sound or look so wonderful as those I see on your blog. Seriously, you have the best oatmeal ideas and also some great photography skills! Thanks for being such a breakfast inspiration for me :)

  2. Jana Gannon says

    This is my first experience with slow cooker oatmeal……WOW!!! I woke up to the most delicious aroma coming from my kitchen this morning, and had to sneak a spoonful out for a quick taste!! All I can say is my mouth can’t stop smiling and I can’t wait for my fiance to get out of the shower (he eats instant oatmeal every morning) so I can rock his world!!! Thank you for sharing these recipes on this amazing blog with us…… I can’t wait to make a new oatmeal every day!! The weather here has turned to a rainy cold fall, and this is the time of year that turns me into a frenzied cook…..I have so many recipes to try for all things warm and cozy and VEGAN!!! I’m patiently waiting for your cookbook to arrive from….. your recipes here will get me through until it’s here!!!

  3. says

    You are the ruler of slow cooker oatmeal! I just am in love with this idea. I don’t eat enough oatmeal but I think you are inspiring me to start eating more. Plus all your combinations look and sound so great! How about I just come over with my bowl and take some from your crockpot :) hehe

  4. Kat says

    -I literally want to try all of your oatmeal recipes right now, they just look amazing. I have notice that your recipes call for coconut milk, we are almond (both sweet & unsweet) drinkers. Should be ok right? no more or less additional measurements-just flavor alterations

  5. Iana Fincher says

    What a great blog! Thank you, Kathy for sharing all these crockpot recipes. I’m loving all the oatmeal recipes! Who doesnt like waking up to an already made breakfast? I will try my first attempt tomorrow.
    I do have a quick question. Can you substitute quinoa for oatmeal? I’m currently on a no oat diet, but I can eat quinoa. I just thought I’d ask to see if you know.
    Thank you!

    • Kathy Hester says

      You sure can use quinoa, oat groats, polenta, rice and just about any grain. You may end up adjusting the liquid a bit.

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