Slow-Cooked Steel-Cut Overnight Oatmeal

Slow-Cooked Steel-Cut Overnight Oatmeal

It’s Sunday night and a good time to prep for an easy, healthy, and delicious breakfast for those whirlwind weekday mornings. I love steel-cut oatmeal, but didn’t eat it often because it took too long to cook.  But if you take just 10 minutes on Sunday night to assemble this Slow-Cooked Steel-Cut Overnight Oatmeal in your slow cooker, you’ll have a hot, berry-filled, and maple-scented breakfast on hand all week!

Tips for making Slow-Cooked Steel-Cut Overnight Oatmeal

Be sure to use steel cut oats. If you’re using the slow-cooker method, you’ll need to make sure you’re using steel-cut oats. Quick-cooking oats will lead to a mushy disaster. Our favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill, you can buy them here.

Sauté half of a thinly sliced apple in a teaspoon of browned butter. It takes only a minute or two – toss them into the bowl of hot oatmeal. The sweet-tart, apple pie-like burst of flavor will blow you away, I promise!!

It’s all about the toppings. Pile fresh blueberries, toasted walnuts or pecans, or granola into your bowl. Add the blueberries before you reheat and the nuts, seeds, and granola right before eating for a boost of extra flavor and nutrition. Place toppings in a bowl and let each person make his or her own bowl to their liking!

Serve hot or cold. We prefer our oatmeal warm, but this Slow-Cooked Overnight Oatmeal can be served cold as well.

Store the oatmeal in an airtight container or jar and reheat in the microwave. Each morning, scoop out an individual serving of oatmeal into a microwave-proof bowl. Add a touch of nut or dairy milk to the cold oatmeal and presto — it only takes about a minute for a hot bowl of creamy goodness.

Why a glass bowl inside of the slow-cooker?

Steel cut oats have a tendency to stick, especially if they are getting ready to overcook. You can avoid this problem by using this water bath method around another cooking glass container. This will save you a mess and is also easier for cleanup.

Slow-Cooked Steel-Cut Overnight Oatmeal

January 27, 2020
: 6
: 5 min
: Easy


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups milk (any kind, I used 2% low fat dairy)
  • 1 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon. teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Step 1 Place all ingredients in a glass casserole dish that will fit inside a 6-quart crock pot. Stir to combine.
  • Step 2 Add cold water to slow cooker, filling until water
  • Step 3 comes three-fourths of the way up outside of bowl.
  • Step 4 Cover slow cooker.
  • Step 5 Cook on LOW 7-8 hours or until oats are thick and creamy.