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
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
That looks SO creamy & yummy! Making it this week – thanks!
Ahhh easy is my favorite!!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂 🙂
I live on steel cut oats! So delicious. I actually add a ton of water (more than recommended on a package) and chia seeds so that I can yield a cup and half per serving. I love volume lol.
So easy! I’m definitely trying this one to switch up my oatmeal game. 🙂
Super easy! I bet a few berries and apples would be good in the slow cooker with the oatmeal. Yum!
Can you use old-fashioned oats, or would they get too soggy?!I would love to try this!
@Susie B.: I used old fashioned oats (not this recipe), and they came out a gelatinous, overcooked mess!
@Cate: Thanks for your reply!! That definitely saves me an attempt 🙂
This sounds great! SO easy for a busy week!
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!
Thank you for sharing! This looks great!
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 😛
Can you tell me what crock pot you use? Looking for a new one:) thanks!
Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. It gets SO hot an overcooks everything, even on low heat. We really need a new one. ðŸ˜•
@Tina: Thanks for the honest response:)
I just got a cuisinart and I love it. It has a timer so once it’s done cooking it keeps the food warm until ready to serve.
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 🙂
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!
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! 🙂
Your oats are so perfectly round and nice and not at all like the crumbly ones I find at the supermarket!
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.
Love this! I’m making a batch this Sunday as meal prep! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I’m a big fan of the crock pop and cooking without having to “cook.” Life in NYC doesn’t allow for much time in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Whenever I make steel cut oatmeal I always use the crockpot – it’s SO much easier and I think it tastes a lot better than with it boils on the stovetop for a shorter amount of time.
Great idea! I have been meaning to use steel cut oats more, but I am always scared away because I think they will take forever to cook. Thanks for this easy recipe!
Wow, super easy, thanks for sharing! This will make mornings sooo much easier =)
It looks so easy to make! I’ve always stayed clear of making these because they seemed more complicated than they really are. Thanks for sharing.
Wow! Those oats look so good! I really wish I had a crock pot! It would make my life a lot easier.
Tina, if I make 4 servings, can I keep 3 of them in the fridge for 3 or 4 days or is that too long?
Yep! That’s why I store it in individual containers, so I can eat it all week long! ðŸ˜„
Nikki, I have also frozen, thawed, & reheated my cooked oatmeal, when in a pinch. It works great. FYI.
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!
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!
What size crockpot do you use?
I have that crock-pot…and Yes, that thing DOES cook super-fast!
I love that! I wonder if you can do the same thing in a rice cooker? (I don’t have a crockpot). I’m going to try it regardless 🙂
dude. get some of those crockpot liners and your life will be a gabazillion times easier.
That IS a bad-ass crockpot.
I have the same cockpot and I agree that it cooks things super fast!
I love how simple and delicious this is! Going to dig into some this weekend 🙂 Thanks! Have you ever tried adding a few blueberries or raspberries to the mix?
Nothing cries welcome home more than a hot bowl of whatever you cooked in your crock pot. 🙂
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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I just bought a pack of oat, can’t wait to try this!!!