Steel Cut SLOW COOKER Cinnamon Buns Recipe

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Cinnamon Buns Recipe
Written by The Protein Chef

Slow Cooker Sunday is here and today we’re taking it back to breakfast with one of the most delicious slow cooker recipes to date! This Steel Cut Slow Cooker Cinnamon Buns recipe will make your mouth water and keep your macros happy!

Start by taking out your slow cooker and lining it with one of these slow cooker liners. Lining it makes cleanup even easier which will save you time but it’s not needed if you don’t have them.

Add into your slow cooker 1 1/2 cups of steel cut oats, 3 tablespoons of almond flour, 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, 4 scoops of a vanilla protein powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a little salt, 2 large beaten whole eggs, 6 cups of milk or milk substitute, 2 containers of a vanilla Greek yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

Go ahead and mix all of those up until most of your clumps are gone. This shouldn’t take more than 1-2 minutes.

Cinnamon Bun Time

Open up your favorite cinnamon bun dough. Preferably a lower sugar/lower calorie one and break up 2 or 3 them into your mix. Lightly mix those pieces in, pour a little sugar free syrup on top, cover your slow cooker, and cook it on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

After 3-4 hours your slow cinnamon buns should be almost done. Keep an eye on them every so often and make sure that they aren’t burning.

Here’s a couple of my tips for these slow cooker cinnamon buns:

  1. I usually portion this one out into 6 servings and each serving has over 30 grams of protein!
  2. It tastes great either cold or heated up in the microwave for a minute or two.
  3. If your macros will allow for it, top your dish with some cinnamon crunch cereal.

Every dessert needs a meal! Try our Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu next!

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Cinnamon Buns Recipe
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Steel Cut Slow Cooker Cinnamon Buns

Today your slow cooker meets cinnamon buns with this super easy (5 minutes to prep) and protein packed Slow Cooker Steel Cut Cinnamon Buns recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon buns
Servings: 6
Calories: 416kcal
Cost: $4.25


  • 1 ½ Cups Steel Cut Oats 264g
  • 3 Tablespoons Almond Flour 21g
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 Scoops Protein Powder Use a flavor that compliments the Cinnamon Bun Dough
  • ¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Salt Just a little!
  • 2 Large Whole Eggs Beaten
  • 6 Cups Milk Substitute or Milk 48 Ounces
  • 2 Containers Greek Yogurt 300g
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter Melted
  • 2-3 Pieces Cinnamon Bun Dough
  • Sugar Free Syrup


  • Optionally line your slow cooker then add everything aside from your Cinnamon Bun Dough and Sugar Free Syrup into it
  • Mix everything together until most of your clumps are gone
  • Break apart your Cinnamon Bun Dough and lightly mix it in
  • Top with your Sugar Free Syrup
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours



Top it with some cinnamon crunch cereal!
Eat it cold (it tastes great) or throw it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes!
Calories in the whole recipe:
  • Calories: 2496
  • Fat: 72g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Sodium: 2525mg
  • Carbs: 270g (Net Carbs: 230g)
  • Fiber: 40g
  • Sugar: 38g
  • Protein: 192g
Calories in each 350g serving (if you make 6):
  • Calories: 416
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 420.8mg
  • Carbs: 45g (Net Carbs: 38.3g)
  • Fiber: 6.6g
  • Sugar: 6.3g
  • Protein: 32g


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 420.8mg | Fiber: 6.6g | Sugar: 6.3g
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The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.

1 Comment

  • I use a slow cooker because I’m old fashioned and slow is always good :-). I also use it because it makes my house smell good and I don’t have to pay so much attention to what is being cooked. I’ve never used a liner though, I am going to try with this recipe. The one problem I have with this recipe is the sugar free maple syrup, I am leary of sugar free because usually there’s a substitute involved is there another alternative. I know nothing about macros; this looks amazing.

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