Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats


I love steel cut oats because they have a chewier texture and nuttier flavor than normal rolled oats. Unfortunately, they aren’t a quick breakfast solution because they take longer to cook. But, that’s the beauty of this overnight option! You can put all the ingredients in your slow cooker Sunday night and wake up Monday morning with a delicious smelling kitchen and oatmeal for the week! Steel Cut OatsOn Sunday evenings, I measure out the ingredients and cut up either some bananas or apples.Steel Cut OatsThen, put everything in the slower cooker, add milk and water, and 8 hours later you have perfectly cooked steel cut oats!Steel Cut OatsI’ll scoop some out for that morning and then put the rest in individual sized containers so they are ready to grab and reheat for the next few days.Steel Cut Oats

Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Serves: 8

  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 2-3 sliced bananas or diced apples (you can leave the apple peels on)
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed (optional, but SO good for you!)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar*
  • 2-4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups water
  • Optional toppings: chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins, almond butter

Mix together all of the dry ingredients first. Then, add the milk and water and stir. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 7 to 8 hours. Once it’s done, give it a good stir so that it’s evenly mixed. (If you make this during the day, you can stir once or twice part way through, but it’s not necessary.)

Serve with your favorite toppings and store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 1 week. Reheat in the microwave as is or with a splash of milk.

*When making the oatmeal with bananas, I only use 1/4 brown sugar because the bananas will add their own sweetness. With apples, I increase the brown sugar to closer to 1/3 cup. Just depends on how sweet you like your oatmeal. You can always add more when it’s done if it’s not sweet enough.

Maple Cinnamon version: If I do not have fruit on hand, I’ll use the same recipe above, but add a 1/2 cup of maple syrup instead of the brown sugar and add a heaping Tablespoon of cinnamon.

Carrot Cake version (similar to my stove-top recipe for carrot cake oatmeal): Instead of using bananas or apples, add 2-3 grated carrots, ½ cup shredded coconut, and ½ cup raisins (optional). I’ve used a cheese grater for the carrots or pulsed them in my food processer a few times > a much quicker option!


2 responses »

  1. Great idea, Sara!! Love steel cut oatmeal and often have it overflow when in a hurry in microwave! Thx for the tip! I am always looking for better ways to do Oatmeal as it is such a staple for those of us with major cholesterol issues! I use craisins a ton with my oatmeal and Try to cut back on brown sugar. I do use Skim milk for the entire liquid portion to Make it thicker.

    Hope all is well in Toronto!! Hope to see you next time you see in the Bay!


    Ginny Sent from my iPhone


    • Sara I am going to try this, I am like Ginny, the oatmeal always spills over in the micro. I have had you on my mind since getting up this am. It is beyond cold here today, not used to this so far this winter. I am sure it is the same there. How great to see you blogging.
      Love Grams

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