Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats – Overnight Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries

Good Morning Oatmeal

These Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats sure make it easier to get up in the morning. The warm and inviting fragrance of apple and cinnamon has filled the house while you were sleeping. And a hot and nourishing breakfast is right there, waiting for you. How awesome is that? If you have to get kids ready for school, you have just eliminated a whole lot of extra stress, too.

Steel Cut VS Rolled Oats

Its exactly what the names say. Rolled oats are steamed and then rolled flat. Steel cut oats are the whole grain which has been chopped with a steel blade. For more information check out: What's The Difference Between Steel Cut, Rolled, and Instant Oats.

Although they are pretty equal as far as nutrition, I prefer the texture of steel cut oats over rolled oats. The downside is that steel cut oats require a much longer cooking time. But, that's what makes them ideal for the slow cooker. They stay a little chewy, even after a long cooking time. And you can make a big batch, put it in the fridge, and reheat it for a few days because they do keep their texture. Rolled oats will turn to mush with such a long cooking time. And that's just not appealing at all.

I sliced up an apple and put in some dried cranberries and cinnamon, but the add in possibilities here are limited only by what's in your pantry. Raisins, pears, nutmeg, and clove are another of my favourite combos. The apple will cook right into your oatmeal if added at the beginning, which I love. But we like to have some fresh apple slices, too, for the crunch.

It's great to have a pot of these slow cooker steel cut oats, sitting there, staying warm, if your family members are on different schedules, too. Anyone can dig in whenever they roll out of bed.

It can't get any easier to throw this together before going to bed. Every time I make this, I wonder why I don't do it more often. We like to eat ours with a drizzle of honey and a splash of almond milk.

Want more oats in your life? Try Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, or Rhubarb Blueberry Oatmeal Bars.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries

How To Make Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

5 from 1 vote
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats – Overnight Oatmeal
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
5 mins
 

Wake up to a delicious and nourishing breakfast with this slow cooked steel cut oatmeal with apple and cinnamon.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 113 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
Oatmeal
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 apple cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
Toppings
  • fresh apples slices
  • honey or maple syrup
  • almond milk or dairy milk, any other nut milk, soy, or rice milk
Instructions
  1. Put oats, water, apple, cranberries, and cinnamon in slow cooker on low setting.
  2. Cook for about 8 hours (longer is fine)
  3. Serve hot, with toppings of your choice.
Recipe Notes

If you put leftover cooked steel cut oatmeal in the fridge, you can reheat again in the slow cooker. Just add some liquid; (I stir in some almond milk). You can also reheat in the microwave, if desired.

Calories and other nutrition info are without toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats – Overnight Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Potassium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

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4 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats – Overnight Oatmeal

  1. You are so right, have breakfast ready in the morning, and half of the stress has gone! 🙂 . I like this bowl of comforting oatmeal, where you can add whatever topping you like and enjoy a delicious, nutritious breakfast.

  2. I love steel cut oats! I never attempted to cook them in the crock pot before- I will have to give this recipe a try! Looks delish.

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