Steel Cut Oatmeal for the Crock Pot

Total Time
6hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 hrs

I love the texture of steel cut oats. You can make this the night before and breakfast is ready in the morning. I like fruit additions, but my kids do not, so I've listed them as optional. Also, it may sound like a lot of water, but trust me, I've experimented..

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (DO NOT substitute old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats)
  • 4 12 cups water
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 2 -3 tablespoons butter
  • 12 cup dried fruit (raisins, prunes, apricots, dates) (optional)
  • Serve with

  • milk, to taste
  • sugar, to taste
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • maple syrup, to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a 2 quart slow cooker. (If you want to make a smaller amount please use a smaller crock pot or crockette. This won't work in a 6 quart cooker).
  2. Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
  3. It might form a "crust" around the outside. Just scrape it down with a spoon and stir.
Most Helpful

I have been making this oatmeal since I first saw the recipe on the the recipezaar website in 2007. I use 4 scant cups water (maybe more like 3/4 cup) plus the 1/2 cup, 2T butter, 1/2t salt, and it cooks up perfectly in 8 hours. In fact, after 8 hours if I have time, I usually just turn the crockpot off, stir, and let it sit. Then I put it into a 1.5 quart casserole dish so it can start to cool and set. Then I put the glass top on and pop it into the fridge. After it's totally set, I cut into portions (4-5) and put in containers. It freezes beautifully. Not a big fan of sweet oatmeal so either have plain, or my favorite with a big spoonful of peanut butter mixed in - oh my goodness, it is delicious!

rosemerry January 04, 2012

I made this in my six quart crock pot. I put 2 cups steel cut oatmeal 7 cups water, 1 cup of lowfat milk and 1/2 cup of ceylon cinnamon powder and set my crockpot for 10 hrs. Omg the best oatmeal I've ever had. I add cranberries and chopped walnuts to my bowl so yummy. I put in bowls in fridge and take 1 each morning to work. To heat I just add milk and microwave for 2 mins. My husband raves about this oatmeal. I just put on another batch for tomorrow.

chocolit30 January 14, 2014

I substituted one cup ofapple juice for one cup of water. I put cinamon and vanilla in aso. I have a slow cooker that switches to a warm cycle when it is done cooking. I set the slow cooker right before I go to bed and wake up to yummy oatmeal

904713 December 19, 2009

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