Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Oatmeal is a breakfast I serve my family on a regular basis.  Not only is it tasty, it is economical,  nutritious, and you can add a variety of toppings to satisfy individual tastes.  At my house, we are fans of steel cut oats.  We love their chewy texture and nutty flavor.  What I run into on busy mornings is time to prepare the oatmeal.  It needs to cook about 35 minutes before serving.

I solved this problem by cooking the oatmeal in a Slow Cooker.  The family breakfast cooks while we sleep.  In the morning we wake up to a nutritious and tasty breakfast.  I usually put out a variety of toppings for the oatmeal - butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, dried fruits, nuts, etc.  Whatever I have on hand and think will be good.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
From BHG

6 cups water
2 cups steel-cut oats
1 teaspoon salt
Toppers, such as dried cherries, cranberries, raisins, or snipped apricots; coconut; chopped nuts; brown sugar; maple syrup; and/or milk, half-and-half, or light cream

In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine the water, oats, and salt. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
Top each serving with desired toppers. Serve warm.

Makes 9 servings


  1. Hi Geraldine:)
    I don't use my crock as often as I should but one way I seem to fit in at least once a week is for oatmeal. Love it! Blueberries are my favorite topping:) Thanks for sharing, Geraldine...

    1. P.S. Don't forget the meatballs, lol...

  2. I have never used slow cooker to make oat dishes. This looks really delicious and good for you too, Geraldine.

  3. I never thought of putting the steel oats in the slow cooker, bet it's a perfect way to cook it. A perfect healthy breakfast for a cold morning, Geraldine!

  4. Wow! I've never used slow cooker to prepare the oat dish! Nice idea!