Steel Cut Oatmeal for the Crock Pot

"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.."
Steel Cut Oatmeal for the Crock Pot created by Guessica
Ready In:
6hrs 5mins


  • 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


  • 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).
  • Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
  • It might form a "crust" around the outside. Just scrape it down with a spoon and stir.

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  1. beachmom777
    Can I double this recipe?
  2. Veda G.
    How long should you cook it if you halve it and make it in a smaller (1.5 qt) crockpot?
  3. Angie K.
    I've made this twice in the past few days. I doubled it- so 2C of steel cut oats, 9C of water, 1 tsp salt, 6Tbsp butter. I sprayed the crock pot heavily and cooked on low for 6 hours stirring every hour after the first 3 had passed. When I am cooling it I added 5 1/3 Tbsp of brown sugar which works out to just 2 tsp per cup and really adds just the right amount of sweetness. Amazing recipe!
  4. Maisy O.
    good proportions, I use just water no butter or even salt, I usually make it plain so can add what ever want after it is done. I have done with Mccan quick steel cut oats but doesn't take as long to cook. Long cooking steel cut best for overnight.
  5. Judy C.
    When I make McCann’s steel cut oatmeal, I substitute (skim) milk for water. [When the oatmeal is ready, I throw in some cinnamon and a little brown sugar.] My question: Is it OK to use milk instead of water in this slow-cooker recipe? I suspect it isn’t, but thought I’d check anyway.



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