Crockpot Steel Cut Oats

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Slow Cooker Irish Oatmeal


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups liquids (I used 3 cups water & 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple, skinned & chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • stevia to taste



Add apples, raisins, and cinnamon to crock-pot.  Plus 1 cup steel cut oats.  Then 4 cups liquids.


Stir everything up and set crock-pot to low setting for 7 hours.

Above is what it looked like at 10 pm.

Below is what it looked like at 5 am.


Ok, you can’t really tell what’s going on from this photo.  I took that when I first woke up, so I was as groggy as my camera is focused.

Here’s a better look at what the oats turned into after an entire night of slow cooking.


My alarm went off at 4:15 am and I was immediately greeted with the smell of warm apple pie.  It seriously knocked me off my feet.


The only thing I could think of during my morning yoga routine was how soon I could dig into the crock-pot.


The cinnamon on top was crusty and crispy, and the apples nearly fell apart in my mouth they were soft as buttah!  The raisins didn’t even resemble dried fruit anymore they were so fluffy.  The whole breakfast was a dream.


Make this.  Now.

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Comments (191)

  1. Lindsa@ biking before bed

    Wow, that looks amazing, expecially the crunchy top… kind of liked baked oatmeal! I love that this doesn’t require you to stand over the stove and stir.

  2. Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon

    Yum I love apple pie oatmeal!

  3. Jess

    That looks fantastic. Just put steel cut oats on my shopping list : )

  4. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    oh gosh, that looks insane. My only concern is that I live in a studio and I won’t be able to sleep all night because of the amazing smell!!! haha

  5. Tasha @ Dine & Dash

    does sleeping and making oats overnight count as multi-tasking? 🙂

  6. Jessica F

    I love crockpot steel cut oats!

    I’ve recently been doing a pumpkin version (I have TONS of frozen pumpkin puree in my freezer) where I just decrease the water a bit and add the puree. Works great.

  7. janetha

    Oooo I have to try this method! I wonder if it would work in my lil’ dipper with a smaller serving. XOXO

  8. Katie

    I. cannot. wait.

  9. lynn @ the actor's diet

    this makes me wanna go buy steel oats again!

  10. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    I need a crockpot! 🙂 I know exactly what I’m asking for for Valentine’s Day!

  11. Prathiba @ Vehemently Vegan

    WOAHHH. I just made crockpot steel cut oats yesterday! I didn’t add the fruit until after they were out but I was impressed with how creamy the oats turned out. My only issue with this method was that a bunch of it stuck to the crockpot and it was a pain in the butt to clean. Any remedy?

    I’m gonna haveta try sticking apples and raisins in there… that sounds divine!

  12. Elise (Post author)

    when i went to work, i left the rest of the oats in the pot so when i got home that night they had cooled and easily scooped out. since they were more congealed in their cold state they left very little behind on the pot, but i did have to scrub the cinnamon tracks on the side a bit. oh well.

  13. Elise (Post author)

    obviously! haha.

  14. Jill in Chicago

    I think this comment answers my question, which was is the recipe for one serving or two? (It sounds like “Two Servings” if you had leftovers…

    By the way, I’m a new-ish reader by way of Wendy at Healthy Girls Kitchen. I’m really enjoying HHH!

  15. Prathiba @ Vehemently Vegan

    ahh, got it. will try that next time. thanks!

  16. Elise (Post author)

    hey jill! glad you found me…yeah there were definitely leftovers. it could be two to three servings depending on how big of a breakfast you eat and how many toppings you add on top after they’ve cooked (ie nuts, nut butter, fresh fruit…whatever)

  17. TeenyLittleSuperChef

    No need to tell me to make this now. I’ve already made it many many times. I LOVE crockpot oatmeal! Ever since I’ve made it this way, I feel like such a snob when I have to eat quick-cooking oats because I always b*tch about how second-rate it is to the slow-cooked oats. There’s nothing more wonderful than waking up to the aroma of cinnamon-apple oats wafting from the kitchen. Almost makes rising at 5:00am seem not so bad. Quick question: Have you ever added chia seeds to it and if so, at what point did you add them? Just wondering

  18. Bridee

    They have crock pot liners that are great for the oatmeal recipe! It is like a big bag that drapes inside the liner of the crock pot. When you are done just pick it up and throw away! No cleaning necessary 🙂

  19. rai

    Do you count calories? If you so how many do you eat a day?

  20. Doran

    Mmm…this post made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! I love sweet delicious oats! I have never made crock pot oats, think this will be a weekend meal! I love your blog by the way! Great food posts!

  21. Kelsey

    mmmm. i think this recipe is reason enough to buy a crockpot.

  22. Elise


  23. Janet

    I just spray the crockpot with canola spray before adding the ingredients…no mess…it all comes out smooth. I add flax. Yummy.

  24. Erica

    what size crockpot did you use?

  25. Elise (Post author)

    its a 4 qt cuisinart

  26. Michelle

    This looks delicious!! Had a quick question about the cinnamon… is your measurement in ‘Tablespoons’ or ‘teaspoons’? Wanted to clarify. Thanks a million!

  27. Elise (Post author)

    tablespoon. im a cinnamon fiend but if youre hesitant start with 1 tablespoon.

  28. Linda

    This sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Thank you!!!!

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  30. samantha giddens

    Sounds yummy.

  31. Sara

    Thanks for the recipe! I used 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and 3 1/2 cups water the first time and am experimenting with increasing the pumpkin. Awesome so far and my little ones gobble it up! Will be a big time saver when I finish my maternity leave in a couple weeks.

  32. Elise (Post author)

    awesome! im gonna have to try that too…

  33. Meg

    I found this recipe the other day while searching sc oat recipes. It is supposed to help increase breast milk supply (and so far, it does!) My only concern is the amount of cinnamon. I was hesitant to put the full amount in, but I always try recipes as they are written first. I just tried a spoonful out of my slow cooker and that is all I can taste. Next time I will tweak it a bit as I find 2 tablespoons a bit much. Thanks for posting this though, I can’t wait to try out a few more variations! 🙂

  34. Elise (Post author)

    hi meg.
    thanks for the feedback. i just edited the recipe. im a cinnamon fiend, but a few others have been hesitant about the amount too, so to avoid future readers from having overly cinnamony oats, ill stick with a more conservative quantity.
    there are so many variations with making steel cut oats in the slow cooker its awesome! try cocoa powder and some leftover coffee for mocha flavors, its my new fave. i up the ratio of almond milk in the liquid (using only a cup of water) so its really really creamy.

  35. Barbara

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  36. Alison

    This sounds like a super awesome alternate recipe. How much pumpkin puree do you usually add? I haven’t worked with pumpkin very often, outside of pie, so I’m not sure what kind of range I’m looking at here.


  37. Jessica

    I will generally do 1/2c puree to 1 c oats. You could add spices while it’s cooking but I will generally add my after. I just throw it in the crockpot and cook overnight. Tasty toppings are cinnamon or pumpkin pie seasoning, nuts (pecans seem to be especially good), pepitas, maple syrup, ect. Whatever you have and is sounding tasty, basically. If you try it, I hope you like it!

  38. Alison

    I tried it last night and got to eat it this morning! Super amazing!

    I used 1/2 cup pumpkin, 2 cups milk, and 1 1/2 cup water.

    Thanks for your help. 🙂

  39. Elise (Post author)

    thanks for sharing your measurements alison. glad it turned out. and thanks for the idea jessica!

  40. Jessica

    Yay! Glad it turned out! (Aren’t oats amazing?! Ahh…)

  41. Victoria

    i’m definitely trying this. i think it would also be great to sprinkle on chopped walnuts or pecans just before serving.

  42. Elise (Post author)

    agreed 🙂

  43. Victoria

    ok, so i assembled this last night for breakfast this morning, and it’s SO GOOD! this is definitely going to be a weekend tradition. i used sweetened almond milk, so i omitted the stevia, but then just before serving, i sprinkled on about 1/2 tsp raw sugar and walnuts, and it was incredible. question: what type of apple did you use? i used a gala, and it had NO taste whatsoever once cooked.

  44. Elise (Post author)

    how odd! i used a gala, but every once in a while i find them to be not very flavorful (even raw). generally its the non organic ones, so you may have just gotten one of those?? try it with a honeycrisp or pink lady next time?

  45. Victoria

    i’ve now found that fuji apples work really well. also, it tastes even better if you add in a pinch of sea salt. brings out the flavor.

  46. Deanna Faris

    Grease the pot with coconut oil! Healthy for you and reduces the stick… Added bonus it tastes yummy!

  47. Laura

    Hi Erin-
    Found your site while looking for a recipe for steel cut oatmeal in the crock. Glad I found your blog. Gonna make the oatmeal tonight to have for tomorrow AND am looking forward to looking through more recipes here. 🙂

  48. Elise (Post author)

    hi laura. my name is elise, but im glad you found me just the same 🙂

  49. Laura

    Duh! Wish I could erase my original comment. I am very embarrassed and so sorry. You’re not Erin, you’re Elise. Again, I’m really sorry. 🙂

  50. Elise (Post author)

    no worries! ive made far more embarrassing mistakes. have a good day. xxx

  51. Carly

    So i tried to make this last night in my little crockpot as a one-serving breakfast, and uhoh I burned it! haha so I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how I could make it next time, maybe more liquid? I used 1/4 cup scottish oats and 1 cup milk/water. I also got the idea to steep a bag of chai tea in there (don’t know if that’s why it burned) and about 1/3 an apple, raisins, blueberries and vanilla protein powder (don’t know if that was the problem either) I put it on low and then woke up this morning about 9 hours later (maybe too much time?) wow I feel like this comment went in circles (: oops. Just let me know what you think, thanks so much!

  52. Elise (Post author)

    i think its probably the protein powder. try adding that in the morning just before you eat them next time. stirring it in just before you eat it should be fine since you dont have to cook protein powder.

  53. Carly

    Thanks; i’ll try that next time. And I saw your above comment about making mocha oatmeal, and I don’t know if berries are fodmaps foods but you should try adding raspberries (even frozen ones), because a dark chocolate coffee combo tastes amazing with raspberries (I always get a mocha with a shot of raspberry syrup at starbucks). Just a suggestion(:

  54. Elise (Post author)

    raspberries are fodmaps free – mocha berry sounds delish!

  55. Kristen

    Hello All!

    I just tried this for the first time in my Genius Chef (combo appliance) and I LOVE it! No issues with stickage to the sides but that may be becasue I didn’t add sweater to the slow cook. I added cranberries, almonds, chia seeds, wheat germ, flax seed (ground) and oat brand to the original recipie. It’s fantastic! I’m very pleased with this recipie thanks for sharing Elise! I’ve been looking for more ways to utilize my slowcooker/genius chef! I’m curious have you used quiona in any slow cooker recipies? If so please share your results. Thanks! 🙂

  56. Elise (Post author)

    i have done quinoa too – with berries and almond milk – so good. its hard to get the texture right though, so it ended up more like quinoa porridge than the perfectly fluffy quinoa you get when you cook them on the stove top (or in the rice cooker, like i do). still great though.

  57. Lucy

    This works great in the little dipper! I used it for years. Make sure you spray it with cooking spray, if it is like mine and the insert does not come out. Its a little hard to clean because it is not immersable. Recently I bought an old retro bean pot with the warming plate on ebay. (the old time crocks). I love how great it cooks the oats, and it looks “retro great” on my counter, and easy clean up! Enjoy!

  58. Carolyn

    I place the oatmeal and liquid in a round metal bowl then place the bowl in the crock pot and fill about half full of water. The bowl “floats” in the water and keeps the oatmeal from making such a mess. Moist with a bit of crunch around the edges. Perfect. I am looking forward to trying some of the flavors others have suggested. I use 3/4 water and 1/4 milk and use Truvia to sweeten.

  59. Lucy

    Oh Carolyn, You are a genius! I love your idea! I will try it as soon as my stash is gone! I make a decent amount, and put it in a loaf pan. I just “slice” a piece off, add milk and microwave. It stirs up creamy fresh each morning.

  60. Julie

    Just had a bowl of these! Yum! I’m testing out quick/easy recipes to use for the school year. I’m loving all the ideas in the comments, too! Thanks so much!

    I found the following list of add-in ideas, too!
    Looks like some good ideas!

  61. Elise (Post author)

    ooo, awesome link, thanks 🙂 i love a savory bowl of oats…

  62. Elise (Post author)

    ive heard of this trick, but never tried it! thanks for the reminder. let me know how it goes lucy!

  63. Jannie

    Is there any way you would share your pumpkin dish’s recipe with me? I like variety.


  64. Elise (Post author)

    i think the recipe is above jannie.

  65. Lucy

    I loved the bowl floating idea! I used the suggestion of rubbing coconut oil on it also. I now have a nice new “loaf” of oatmeal cooling, and ready to slice and heat in the morning. I made pumpkin raisin last time, so this time I used your recipe, and added some amaranth for an added bonus, along with some dried cherries. Yummy!

  66. Michelle

    Fine, okay, I will! Quit yelling!

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  68. Katelyn

    I love steel cut oats (my friend introduced me to them), but I just made my first batch in the crock pot last night…and it definitely didn’t turn out like I thought it would. Mine turned out to be “gelatinous,” like the liquid turned more into syrup than leaving a crusty top. Any suggestions on what I did wrong? Thanks!

  69. Elise (Post author)

    thats weird. maybe you used too much liquid? ive never had that happen to me though…maybe play around with the ratios you use…or start with a smaller amount (halve the whole recipe?). sorry i cant be more helpful.

  70. Lori @MyKindarain

    How long will this keep in the fridge once made?

  71. Elise (Post author)

    up to one week id guess…i dont know for sure, but i woudnt test it much longer.

  72. Jeni

    Made this last night for my kids first day back to school. Delish! I doubled it and it turned out perfect.

  73. Megan

    I am currently eating these oats, and omg! SO delicious!! I made it as you wrote it, omitting raisins (yuck!) and stevia. I added a pinch of brown sugar and its perfect! Just wondering, what kind of apple did you use? I used a red delicious, and it was blah. Suggestions? Thank you for an outstanding recipe!!

  74. Richard

    Will cooking overnight give the same texture as the quick stove top method? (I love the ‘pop’ of some of the oats as you bite down on them (Do you know what I’m trying to describe?))
    I’ll have to do the full cinnamon-fiend measurement ;o)
    Thanks for this! ‘excited to try the mocha variant. Yumm-o

  75. Richard

    Reporting back: Same yummy ‘bite’ as the fast (more attention-required) method and surrounded by creamy apple/cinnamon goodness. ‘kitchen smells like a cinnamon peeler ;o)
    (garnished with blueberries and walnuts)
    Thanks again!

  76. Elise (Post author)

    hooray! sorry i couldnt get back to you sooner (out of town for the weekend), but im glad it worked out 🙂 isnt it such a great smell to wake up to!?! mmmm…

  77. Elise (Post author)

    i used a gala. i agree red delicious apples arent the best in this. granny smith would be a more tart apple pie like taste, but honeycrisp, pink ladies, and galas are probably my favorites.

  78. Elise (Post author)

    hooray! i wish i had that as a first day of school morning treat!! youre awesome jeni!

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  81. Lauren

    Made this last night, house smelled fantastic, and breakfast was out of this world!!! I even had co-workers asking about it. Thank you for sharing!

  82. Nicole

    Thank you for this great dish! I have been making it the last couple weeks! It makes the kitchen smell so good, I jump out of bed in the morning!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

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  84. Elise (Post author)

    i just made it again this morning. i always forget how nice it is to wake up to a breakfast thats already hot and ready to serve…mmmmm…

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  86. Julie

    This recipe sounds delish!!! I’m trying this tonight, I look forward to the great morning scent 🙂

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  89. svala

    Your blog is so wonderful and I love to share it with my readers.
    Thank you.

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  91. Henry

    Insanely good. Thank you for sharing your recipe!!!

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  93. Susie Rae Kay

    I’m making this tomorrow! I can’t wait. I ran out and got a small crock the minute I saw this. I love steel cut oats, but have to get up 45 minutes earlier to make them. I never though of this…. Thanks!

  94. Elise (Post author)

    hope it was a hit?

  95. Mel

    Hi there,I’ve just come across your webpage and it looks great.I’m looking for low fodmap recipes and this one looks great BUT,I was under the impression that apples were a high fodmap food?


  96. Elise (Post author)

    youre correct. i didnt discover fodmaps until a year ago. this site, however, has been up and running for over 4 years, so there are plenty of non fodmaps recipes.

  97. Sara

    Woke up to this today. YUM! Bookmarking your blog 😀
    I fit the entire recipe in my 1.5 quart slow cooker. Came up to about 1/3″ below the rim, just in case anyone wanted to know how small a crockpot they can use. Such a filling meal, I can easily get 4 servings from this 🙂 thank you!

  98. Elise (Post author)

    awesome! and thanks for the reference for others with the smaller slow cookers. 🙂

  99. Susan

    Hi, I was given this recipe from a friend. I plan to serve it this weekend to guests. Will this serve 6 or can I double this recipe? Thank you

  100. Sara

    I get 4 nice sized servings. 🙂

  101. Beth

    What a find, I’ve searched the web looking for a basic recipe that I could jazz up like you have, then I found your blog. Looking forward to trying out all sorts of add ins!

    Thanks for sharing, just subscribed to your blog. 🙂

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  103. karanngutan

    I’m on a HHH kick! I made your easy seitan recipe over the weekend (and likely will again every weekend in my foreseeable future!), and these oats last night. Thank you so much for sharing your easy AND hearty vegan recipes. The world is a better place for it!

  104. Elise (Post author)

    Yay!! So glad you’re enjoying these recipes 🙂

  105. Elise (Post author)

    hi beth! thanks for the feedback. hope you enjoy the site 🙂

  106. Jen

    Fantastic. I used 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup Trader Joe’s Spiced Apple cider, and 2 cups water. Added a little brown sugar to the finished product. It was worth the wait. Thank you!

  107. Elise (Post author)

    yay!! i have GOT to get my hands on TJs spiced cider. it sounds so delicious right now – and in the oats – yummm!!!

  108. Tracey

    I’m so ready to try this! My toddler HAS to have oatmeal every morning and I’m sick of the quick oats, but unwilling to wake up extra early just to cook oats LOL. We make ours extremely thick so it balls up and she can feed herself easier. I think we will try that bowl-in-water method someone mentioned so it’s super thick 🙂 Thank you for this wonderful post!

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  110. Pat

    Look fabulous!! However, that is quite of bit to make for one person. Can I store the leftover in the refrigerator to have for several mornings??
    Thanks, love the addition of the apples and raisins!!

  111. Elise (Post author)

    it definitely makes a lot. ive never tried halving the recipe, so im not sure how it would turn out that way, but yes to your suggestion! the leftovers are good for a week at least. i often store the leftovers in separate tupperware (even freezing 1 or 2) for later.

  112. Elise (Post author)

    glad you like it tracey. let me know how that bowl in water trick turns out!

  113. Jen

    Tried this today with a pear and cranberries instead of an apple and raisins. Tastes amazing, especially topped with toasted, sliced almonds. Thank you!

  114. Mark

    Nice photo sequence! I’ve been making a variation of this using my little crockette for some time now and it’s really wonderful. I tend to mix-in whatever fruit (dried or fresh) I might have available. Sometimes berries that were frozen from the garden (thawed out), peaches, etc.

    Great general purpose recipe and so wonderful to wake up to!

  115. Jill

    Hi Elise. Love the recipe, thanks! You sound like a super cool gal!

  116. Elise (Post author)

    awesome jill! sounds like you have good taste all around 😉

  117. Elise (Post author)

    i agree mark!

  118. Phyllis

    Thanks so much, I am so glad I found your web page, we love the steel cut oats, however I hated cleaning up the pot, anxious to try spray or coconut oil.

  119. Elise (Post author)

    yay! glad you found me too then 🙂

  120. Gina

    I’m glad to have stumbled across your website via google search. made this last night and breakfast is such a delight this morning! thanks for sharing this recipe!

  121. Elise (Post author)

    hi gina, im glad you liked the crock pot oats. it’s such a simple breakfast – definitely a fave of mine 🙂

  122. Susan

    This is a fantastic recipe! I’m eating healthier in this new year, and was looking for a good steel cut oatmeal recipe, and this is IT! I didn’t use the apples or raisins (just cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar) and it turned out great! I will use the apples next time, and like Jen said, the pear and cranberries sound yummy too! Looking forward to trying some more of your recipes! Thanks!!

  123. Elise (Post author)

    awesome! glad you liked the oats…hope the rest of my recipes prove helpful too 🙂

  124. Barb Makela

    I made this Friday night. I used a simple timer so it would cook just the 7 hours and it worked perfectly! I wouldpersonally go with the 2 TBSP cinnamon as it needed a little more “oomph”! My husband even ate it, which is amazing!

  125. Elise (Post author)

    yay! glad you liked it barb.

    ps im all about the cinnamon too 🙂

  126. Shannon

    I love crockpot steel cut oatmeal. My recipe is to use your same ratio of oats to liquid. Instead of water I add Pomegranate juice, Blueberry juice, or a combo of the two. I then add dried cherries, blueberries, and pomegranates. Also, I add 4 TBSP of Chia seeds–a nutritious superfood that is an excellent source of
    fiber, antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals, and omega-3. My crockpot steel cut oatmeal is bursting with antioxidants.

  127. Elise (Post author)

    berry-ified oats sound awesome. ive done a quinoa berry combo in the crock too…have you ever tried adding goji berries. that would make your breakfast the most superfood enhanced EVER – ha!

  128. Mazie Clizbe

    Pretty neat job!

  129. Maygirlsrock

    How much cocoa powder do you add?

  130. Elise (Post author)

    1 tbsp makes a moderately chocolatey batch, 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp will give it an even more rich, deep cocoa flavor.

  131. Pamela-Jean

    Have you or anyone else ever tried it with coconut milk? If so, how much would you suggest? Thanks!

  132. Susan

    Pamela-Jean, I think you could use 1 cup of coconut milk and the 3 cups of water, or make your first batch with 1/2 cup of coconut milk, then 3 1/2 cups water……….I always use almond milk in mine, and use 1 cup of almond milk….

  133. Elise (Post author)

    thanks susan! i agree with your estimate. i do the same ratio w almond milk.

  134. Whitney

    This sounds delicious. How many servings does this make? I am trying to figure out the calories. Thanks.

  135. Elise (Post author)

    not sure whitney. i dont really know what constitutes a “serving”. it generally lasts me 3-4 meals i guess…but i have a large appetite, dont count kcals, and am very active – so it may be 6 servings for another person.

  136. Susan

    @Whitney………..I started off making 4 servings of this oatmeal, but it was too much for me………now I make 6 servings out of it, and it’s just right!

  137. Karen

    Yum! Looking forward to breakfast tomorrow.

  138. Jenevieve

    Hi! I found this recipe a few weeks ago, and my family can’t get enough! We’ve made it probably 6 times. I use 2 apples instead of one, 1/4 c each of raisins and chopped apricots or prunes (don’t knock it! Delicious!) and a boatload of cinnamon and some vanilla. For the liquid, 1 c whole milk and 3 c water. My 5yo son and my husband both INHALE this with a little grade B maple syrup or brown sugar on top. Perfect for the ridiculously cold, snowy “spring” here in eastern CO. Thanks for a winning recipe!

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  140. Elise (Post author)

    thats awesome Jenevieve!!

  141. Amanda

    Do you have the nutritional info on this recipe/serving size?

  142. Elise (Post author)

    hi amanda. i dont but im sure you could calculate it w a site like sparkpeople.

  143. Kristen

    Is there an adjustment of this recipie for oat groats? Love love love this recipie!

  144. Elise (Post author)

    arent steel cut oats and oat groats the same thing?

  145. Susan

    I found this about the oat groats………………………
    “I read that groats are considered the whole oat, but with the hard-to-chew outer shell removed. Basically, groats are like steel-cut oats before they are “cut with steel”. Oat bran is only the outer layer(not shell) of the oat. This part has the most fiber of the entire grain just like wheat bran would. “

  146. Elise (Post author)

    hmmm…interesting. i think the liquid ratio would still be the same given this info. ive cooked with oat bran alone before and thats definitely different, but i believe oat groats and steel cut oats would cook in a similar manner. if you give it a shot let me know!

  147. Allison

    Hi! Just found your site due to minstrel cut oatmeal search and can’t wait to see what else you have here thanks a bunch!!!

  148. Elise (Post author)

    Hi Allison! Glad you found me 🙂

  149. Dennis

    I have been hesitant to try this. Oats in the morning would not be good for me, but adding protein powder in the morning might work. Most of the recipes I have seen up used dried fruit. Using fresh fruit adds an interesting twist. When would you add the nuts?

  150. Elise (Post author)

    hi dennis, its hard for me to help since im not sure why “oats in the morning would not be good for you”…you can add nuts whenever!

  151. Dennis

    If I have a starch heavy breakfast I will get ravenously hungry, cranky, shaky and sweaty about 11AM.

  152. Elise (Post author)

    got it. in that case definitely increase the protein and fat – im a big fan of including nut butters, hemp and chia seeds. but protein powder would be another option too.

  153. emily

    So excited to make this recipe tonight. Do you think replacing some of the water with homemade pear/apple sauce would be okay?

  154. Elise (Post author)

    maybe but it would probably have to be really liquidy pear/apple sauce because the oats definitely need liquid to cook in…id start conservatively and only sub 25% of the liquid…that way worst case scenario you have overly thick oats that may have a little bit of crunch to them. but at least they’ll cook all the way.
    let me know if you try it!

  155. Parthena

    I made this is OMG!! I love love love it!!

  156. Julie Griffis

    I am soooo excited to try this recipe! I am currently doing a “clean eating” and FOCUS T25 (exercise program) challenge group on facebook that focuses on eating, exercise, and staying accountable, and have been looking for a good steel cut oat recipe to share with the group…I think this is the one! I will make it tonight for my hubs to try in the morning….he is my “master taster”:) Thanks so much!

  157. Rose

    I used a 1 1/2 quart crockpot and cooked on low for 4 hours. It came out perfect. I sprayed the inside well and the oatmeal did not stick. I have also tried a peaches and cream recipe on the eat at home blog. Best steel oatmeal recipe yet. I served it with cinnamon, brown sugar substitute and a small pat of butter.

  158. Elise (Post author)

    yay! glad you liked 🙂

  159. Gail

    Made this last night. Did not grease. Worked out just fine. Did not stick at all.

  160. Richard L.

    I made this for a pot luck at work…It was the star of the show. This is a delicious and easy recipe! Thanks!

  161. Kingk

    Great way of cooking Steelcut oats with out
    Getting stove dirty. A suggestion is to buy a
    $ 5.00 timer set it for a 6 to 7 hr. cook time
    This helps not to scorch the oats

  162. Charlene Beck

    Yummy recipe! I cooked mine during the day to make sure it didn’t stick and to test the heating/cooking temperature of my red “Little Dip” Crock Pot.

    I used: 3 cups water & 1 cup skim milk for the liquid, 1 TBSP butter, 1.5 tsp cinnamon, 1 pear (skinned & chopped), 1/4 cup dried cranberries, a splash of vanilla, and 1 TBSP Splenda for sweetness. I sprayed my Crock pot too just to make sure it didn’t stick. The recipe was done in a little over 6 hours. I sprinkle them with a few walnuts after I reheat them! Great make-ahead breakfast!!! This is a definite keeper!!!

  163. Karen

    I am excited to try this recipe. I have a large (6-quart) crock pot. Do you think that will affect the amount of time that it takes for the oatmeal to cook? Should I still cook it for 7 hours?

  164. Susan

    I made this in my 3qt crockpot, it is so good!! Ended up cooking it for almost 9 hours on low because it didn’t look quite ready after 7.
    I wish I could post a picture of it here to show you how yummy mine
    looks too!
    Thank you Elise so much for this recipe, I’ll be making it all of the time now. 🙂

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  166. Danielle

    This looks delicious! I love oatmeal. This would be great to have on hand for a fast, healthy breakfast.

  167. Julie

    I am looking for make crockpot oatmeal for around 20. Have you ever tried to make this much at one time before?

  168. Elise (Post author)

    i havent, but if you have a really big crock i dont see why it wouldnt work. lemme know!

  169. Chloe

    Hey, just wondering… is this freezable? I would love to make it but it would be awesome if I could make a bunch and stock up on it.

  170. Elise (Post author)

    hi chloe, i haven’t had the best luck freezing grains. additionally, liquids / milks freeze differently, so its dependent on what kind you use in the recipe. coconut milk seems to work better than nut milks, but I’m not sure either will be as good as the original. If you try it let me know!

  171. Karen

    Loved the oatmeal. Want the stats for calories and serving size.

  172. Catherine

    This was fabulous! Took to work and everyone at work loved this. I added some milk, 3 1/4 C water 3/4 C milk, irish steel cut oats…yummo! Thanks.

  173. Elise (Post author)

    hooray! glad you liked 🙂

  174. Jack

    Wow, took this to work and it was a hit there, and now I make it a few times a week for the fam at home. Amazing. THANK YOU, and glad I discovered your site – will be trying other things here now!

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  176. Uri B

    Hi Elise

    I loved your recipe! Here is “my twist” – this is for two servings (of very hungry people).

    To make my life easier, I used a measuring glass of 35ml:
    1x red wild rice (full) (35ml)
    2x quinoa (70ml)
    3x steel cut oats (AKA coarse oatmeal here in the UK) (135ml)
    1x sultana raisins (35ml)

    2 teaspoons of vanilla bean extract
    1 table spoon of cinnamon
    2 medium size apples skinned & chopped
    ~750ml of rice milk (non added sugar brand, 4% sugar for 100ml)
    2 table spoons (full) of coconut oil

    use the coconut oil to grease the crockpot (PS crockpot = slow cooker in the uk), then throw everything in a 1.5 liters crockpot, add the rice milk , set to low and after six hours…wow.
    I never eat anything in the morning but this thing is impossible to resist 🙂

    Only issue I encounter was that I was cooking it in my room and the smell woke me up all night long hahaha

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  178. Laura

    How many people does this recipe feed? I am making work for about 10 people….. thanks for the recipe

  179. Elise (Post author)

    id say this is enough for ~6 servings? maybe double it for 10 just to be safe…leftovers never hurt 😉

  180. Melissa

    Hello 🙂
    I made these last night and they turned out pretty mushy. I loved it, but my husband wanted the chewiness of steel cut oats (I have never had them before).
    I am definitely making them again, but I will add more cinnamon, maybe use a different apple (I used honeycrisp and they were still firm, but had no taste), and omit the raisins (I used jumbo ones and they poofed up so it looked and tasted like I put grapes in it! Lol)
    Maybe I’ll try the pumpkin one!
    Any idea why mine were mushy?

  181. Elise (Post author)

    thats kinda the nature of the crock pot…if you want crunchier oats try reducing the cooking time in the slow cooker…or making them on the stove. the second option is obviously less convenient since the whole point of this recipe is to wake up to an already prepared breakfast.

  182. melissa

    Thanks Elise 🙂
    As I said, I loved them! (Just wanted to know if I did it right-with the exception of using jumbo raisins lol)
    My husband will just have to make his own breakfast 😉

  183. Elise (Post author)

    ha, sorry for you husband!
    i think you did it right, but i tend to like when the raisins get plump and soft. maybe try a more tart apple – like granny smith?

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  186. Christine

    I tried this last night in my little 2Qt slow cooker. I cut it down to ½ C oats to 2 C water. Since it was such a small amount, the juice from the apple made a huge difference and it came out really watery. I boiled it down a little and it was awesome!
    I’m trying it again tomorrow night with 1 ½ C water; that should be just perfect! I think I’m also going to try it with apple pie spice in place of the cinnamon.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration and all the great suggestions from everyone!

  187. Tina

    Just made this last night and it was delicious! Waking up to that apple pie smell in my kitchen wasn’t a bad thing either! I also used my 2.5 quart Crockpot, and I didn’t need to cut the recipe in half. Only change next time? I’ll add more raisins. Boyfriend loved it too!

  188. Cassandra

    This is wonderful way to cook steel cut oats. My husband loves this for breakfast and I make this often.

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  190. Lissa

    I subbed 3 cups apple juice for the water, omitted the raisins and stevia. It was tasty. Next time I think I’ll reduce cinnamon to 1 tsp (from 2 that I used) and add a second apple.

  191. Lori

    I have this cooking in my slow cooker as I type this. I omitted the cinnamon (not a big fan) & added about 2 1/2 tbsp raw cane sugar. I can’t wait to try it in the morning!

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