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Crock Pot Steel-Cut Oats

November 20, 2012

Making oatmeal in the crock pot during the week is my new thing.  You should try it.  It’s fall, it’s easy it’s comfort, it’s delicious.

The whole family partakes in this Tuesday breakfast.  Husband grabs a bowl on his way out the door.  I help myself to a (healthy) portion.  And our 11-month old (& her nanny-friend) have their fair share for breakfast, too.  Look at that cuteness.

Speaking of cuteness, this recipe is not that.  That probably goes for most slow cooker recipes, but we all know that is not indicative of how they taste.  Steel cut oats are supposed to be the healthiest of healthy when it comes to oats (we all know that all oats are healthy but these wear the crown when it comes to grains for breakfast).  This double broiler slow cooker method prevents browning on the edges & cooks the oats perfectly!

I like the milk & water combo, but feel free to substitute all milk.  This isn’t really that sweet, so add a little extra sugar, jam or honey in the morning.  Or a little lot Bailey’s creamer (Have you tried that stuff?  Delish.) An “oatmeal bar” is definitely on the next breakfast menu for the next family get-together.  Make the oatmeal plain & serve an assortment of fruit, veggies, nuts, sugars, spreads, etc.  Yum-fun.

Save leftovers for tomorrow’s breakfast.  Refrigerate & simply reheat in the microwave with a little extra milk.  Enjoy!


1 1/2 cups water
2 cups skim milk
3/4 cup steel-cut oats
1 apple, peeled & grated
2 tbsp honey
1-2 tbsp butter, cubed
1 tsp-ish cinnamon
1 tbsp flaxseed, optional
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
sugar, creamer, jam, milk or other mix-ins for serving


  • (To prevent browning, set up a double broiler in your slow cooker.)  Add about 4-6 cups of water to the slow cooker.  Place the first 9 ingredients in a heat-proof bowl inside your slow cooker.  Stir.
  • Set heat to low & cook overnight, or 7-9 hours.  For each serving, spoon 1 cup of oats into a bowl, adding some walnuts & any additional mix-ins.

Adapted from Taste of Home magazine.


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