Crazy Easy Crock Pot Steel-Cut Oatmeal

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A bunch of you guys asked me how I make my steel-cut oatmeal in the crock pot and, let me tell you, it’s crazy easy!


Are you ready for this? The recipe is only 3 ingredients, and I love how simple and versatile it is. I add all sorts of delicious ingredients to my oatmeal to jazz it up so I’m not eating the same old thing more after morning. Current favorites: Stonyfield Greek yogurt, pureed banana (like what I make for Quinn), and (surprise) Teddie peanut butter.


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • a few shakes of sea salt

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Directions: Combine steel-cut oats, water, and sea salt in crock-pot and cook on low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. You can also add brown sugar, maple syrup, nuts, dried fruit, chia seeds, etc. to the crock pot before you cook it. I just make my oats plain because I’m boring. Haha! Honestly, I just like to switch it up with my toppings and mix-ins, so I find that making a plain pot of oatmeal gives me lots of options come breakfast time.


FYI: My crock pot is bad-ass and cooks things super fast even on low heat, so you might need to play around with the timing a little bit.


And, just like that, you have Crazy Easy Crock Pot Steel-Cut Oatmeal! Boom.


Then, I use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to portion out my oatmeal into individual containers. It’s actually a heaping 1/2 cup for each serving””well, ok, it’s actually pretty close to 3/4 cup for each one. Those oats really plump up in the crock pot! I like to store my steel cut oatmeal in glass containers (I have this 4-piece set from Crate & Barrel), so then I just add my favorite toppings and pop it in the microwave to warm it up in the morning for breakfast. Easy as that!


Recipe makes 4 servings



  1. LOVE~ I don’t have steel cut oatmeal, but I’m going to try with the whole grain oatmeal. (Do you think that will work ok) My son always asks for oatmeal in the morning and I never leave myself enough time!

  2. Awesome!! Do you ever store the leftover in the fridge and re-heat? I’ve been using the rolled oats for years just because I like to be able to quickly microwave at work, but have been considering trying reheated steel cut. Yogs +banana is the best topping!! A little bit of each in every bite 😛


  3. Nice! I’ll have to see about making that. I am all about super fast microwave for a minute oats, but with a little more planning, this is definitely doable. I used to eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast for over a year, but then got sick of it and started doing the same thing w eggs and mushrooms. Now that my day starts much earlier, I can’t eat that much in the morning and I am constantly playing around w what my new breakfast will be 🙂

  4. Sometimes the easiest recipes are the best! I make a similar recipe to this, but use coconut milk & then add a 1/4 cup quinoa to the mix! I will def. be making this tomorrow night for the rest of the week! 🙂 Toppings are endless with “boring” oats!

  5. Yum! I actually searched your blog this weekend for the recipe, but used another since I had only quick oats and not steel cut. They came out horrible! I think I will have to pick up some SC oats and try this recipe! 🙂

  6. I do this with regular old fashioned oatmeal. I mix 2 cups oatmeal with 4’ish cups water plus several smashed bananas and cook for 2 hrs. I add more water if bananas are greener. I also add a splashes of almond or vanilla extract. Then I the morning I may add more moisture (yogurt, milk, water) if dry before microwaving. The dressed with PB, AB, SB, etc. and any other toppings my heart desires.

  7. I love steel cut oats, but have been craving salt like crazy in the mornings lately so I haven’t been eating them much. One of my biggest complaints with them is that they take so long to cook in the mornings, this is a great idea! Thanks!

  8. I’m big on making breakfast ahead of time and we always use glass containers, partially so it can be nuked easily and partially so it’s not sitting in plastic, which is really skeeving me out these days. In fact, we have the same exact set as you! Thanks for sharing-I’ll have to give it a try to change up my oatmeal routine!

  9. love this thank you! i’m obsessed with steel cut oatmeals but sometimes when i’m hungry i get impatient and rolled wins by default! trader joe’s also has pre-cooked frozen plain individual steel cut oat packs but this is way more economical !! thanks 🙂

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