my favorite slow-cooker steel cut oats recipe

I’m a big fan of oatmeal. I grew up on Quaker quick cooking oats, which I still like well enough, but over the past year I’ve developed a real love for the steel cut variety. When prepared well, they have a great taste and texture – slightly chewy and with a bit more nutty flavor than quick-cooking oats. The only downside of steel cut oats is the time it takes to make them.

making slow cooker oats

There is a solution and it’s called…the slow cooker! You know that I’m a big fan of my ancient slow cooker, and for making steel cut oats, it’s the only way to go. Not terribly long ago, I found a recipe on Food 52 that has now become my favorite way to prepare them. The basic recipe is here, and it’s so simple to follow.

making slow cooker oats

The only change I make to the recipe when I prepare the oats is to use skim milk or 1% milk (depending on what’s in the fridge) in place of the one cup of whole milk.

making slow cooker oats

The toppings are entirely up to you. This time I used honey, golden raisins, and a dash of cinnamon. I’ve also used dried cranberries and maple syrup, but my favorite topping is honey and banana.

making slow cooker oats

And one of the best parts of making steel cut oats in the slow cooker is that there is always leftovers, perfect for a quick but healthy breakfast as I’m trying to get out the door during the weekday mornings.

Yield: 3 to 4 servings.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours (or overnight)

Slow-Cooker Steel Cut Oats

This recipe slightly adapted from ying's, on Food52, here. I encourage you to visit the Food52 site yourself - it's a great one for finding community-sourced recipes. Serves 3-4, depending on appetite.


2 cups water
1 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 pinch kosher salt
toppings of your choice - sliced banana, raisins, honey, sliced almonds, etc.


In a 4-cup glass measuring cup, stir together milk, water, oats, and salt. Place in a large slow cooker and add enough cold water to come about half-way up the outside of the glass measuring cup which holds the oats mixture. Turn on low for 8-10 hours (overnight).

In the morning, stir oats well – it should be very creamy. Mix in your choice of toppings prior to serving. Enjoy!

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8 Responses to “adventures with louie, and a recipe: slow cooker chicken and sausage jambalaya”

  1. Macaroni Mama — October 26, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    I hope Louie will be okay outdoors…and the birds as well.

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — October 27th, 2013 @ 7:51 am

      Yes, me too. Thanks, Mom!

  2. Renee - Kudos Kitchen — October 26, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Good luck with Louie. I know a little something about a cat that has decided the litter box isn’t always the most convenient of places. Oy! Your jambalaya looks yummy and I love that it’s made in the crock pot! *print*

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — October 27th, 2013 @ 7:51 am

      I’m in love with my crockpot, Renee. It’s just SUCH a lifesaver for a busy family.

  3. Kimberly.Ann — October 27, 2013 @ 1:18 am

    Oh we know this story too well. Gabby had such a fit with her box that we seriously had to consider options of finding her a new home. Years of patience and every trick in the book later she’s been accident free for 2 years. Every cat is different, but I do highly recommend the Rescue Remedy stress drops. We place a few on her treats prior to high anxiety situations like leaving for more than a few hours at a time and before company comes over. We also purchased a second litter box even though we only had one cat and a tiny apartment. It’s been upgraded to a self cleaning and everyone couldn’t be happier. I wish you the best of luck, it’s such a frustrating situation and even more so when they’re so darn cute.

    • Merry-Jennifer

      Merry-Jennifer replied: — October 27th, 2013 @ 7:50 am

      I haven’t heard of the Rescue Remedy drops – thanks for that tip, Kimberly. I’ll look for those. We’re willing to try anything!

  4. Di — October 30, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    We have had an unusually warm fall here in the North East and I have been pretty much clinging to all of my favorite summer recipes, not wanting to let go of another summer season that seemed so short. Alas and alack the weather has started to turn along with the leaves and I have been thinking about a good recipe to kick-start one- pot and/or crock pot meals. This one looks like a winner and without the shrimp, which hubby is allergic to! Thank you, Merry Jennifer ,and good luck with Louie!

  5. maria at inredningsvis — November 10, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    MMMM it looks SO DELISH:) and the cat is So cute haha

    Check out my blog….Swedish decor and yummy recipies:)

    Have a wonderful week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.

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