slow cooker steel cut oat recipe

Healthy Start to Your Day: Steel Cut Oats in the Slow Cooker


Steel cut oats are one of those things I’ve always read about but never tried.  Now I ask, why didn’t I try these sooner?  They have a delicious, chewy texture and and are even healthier than the processed rolled oats I usually buy.  Two other bonuses: 1) they are cheap, and 2) my kids really like them.
I’ve been experimenting lately with cooking them overnight in my slow cooker, since they take 30-45 minutes to cook on the stove.  Whoever came up with this crock pot recipe is a genius. I’ve been waking up to a warm bowl of perfectly cooked oatmeal each morning this week!  All I have to do is doctor up each family member’s bowl according to their preferences.  Simple, simple, simple. Likey, likey, likey.
For my recipe, you’ll essentially make a double boiler using your slow cooker.  Here’s how I’ve been doing it, although there are other ways to try.
1) Put some foil in the bottom of your slow cooker to protect it from cracking.
2) Place a heat-resistant bowl (I used another crock pot insert from my little crock) in the bottom of my larger crock pot.
3) Spray the heat-resistant bowl with cooking spray to help with clean up later.
4) Combine 1 cup of steel cut oats and 4 1/2 cups water (or more or less depending on the consistency you like; you might want to experiment). You can also add 1-2 tablespoons butter, a dash of salt, and a 1/2 cup of dried fruit, if you like.
5) Pour enough water in the bottom of the slow cooker so that it rises halfway up the outside of the heat-resistant bowl.
6) Place the lid of the large crock on.  Cook on LOW for about 8 hours.
Below is what I woke up to the next morning…
Steel cut oats have a delicious chewy texture and they are so good for you. Try this recipe overnight in your slow cooker and wake up to a ready-made healthy breakfast!
I added blueberries, honey, and some almond milk to mine.  My 4-year-old son likes dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, and milk.
Just writing this post made me hungry.  I’m going to get my slow cooker started right now with some oatmeal for tomorrow morning!
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slow cooker steel cut oat recipe

Healthy Start to Your Day: Steel Cut Oats in the Slow Cooker

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Steel Cut Oats in a Slow Cooker are a great way to start the day. Prep, cook and LOVE.


Ingredients

  • steel cut oats
  • water
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter

optional: dried fruit of your choice


Instructions

  1. Put some foil in the bottom of your slow cooker to protect it from cracking.
  2. Place a heat-resistant bowl (I used another crock pot insert from my little crock) in the bottom of my larger crock pot.
  3. Spray the heat-resistant bowl with cooking spray to help with clean up later.
  4. Combine 1 cup of steel cut oats and 4 1/2 cups water (or more or less depending on the consistency you like; you might want to experiment). You can also add 1-2 tablespoons butter, a dash of salt, and a 1/2 cup of dried fruit, if you like.
  5. Pour enough water in the bottom of the slow cooker so that it rises halfway up the outside of the heat-resistant bowl.
  6. Place the lid of the large crock on. Cook on LOW for about 8 hours.

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7 replies
  1. Jayashiangel says:

    I have making crockpot steel cut oatmeal in my slow cooker on my days off in large batches just in the crock and then freezing into single (pop-out and serve potions) very quick and tasty . I prefer the steel cut to regular oatmeal texture.. This allows for me to take to work a healthy breakfast

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  2. lauri says:

    I’ve been making the steel oats in my crockpot and love it. Even when my daughter is up and out the door at 5am, there’s a quick breakfast for her. I don’t do the double boiler, though the edges get a bit browned, but I actually like it that way. I add items so it ends up more like apple or blueberry pie (minus tons of sugar) love the extra sleep!

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    • Rachel says:

      Since this post, I’ve made it directly in the crockpot, too. You’re right, it does work! What a great idea to add more fresh fruit. My kids would love that.

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  3. Mary Leibovich says:

    Thanks for mosting this!I have had a package of steel cut oats in my pantry for a month waiting to be cooked! I can't wait to try it.

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