This shot is of oatmeal that’s in my slow cooker as I write this up. The liquid on top will absorb as it continues to cook. I love the flavor of the ingredients below, but you can use all water, or use more water and sub in some cream or half & half, increase or decrease the sugar to taste, etc.
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
4 cups water
2 cups milk
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for six to eight hours – the time will depend on how hot your slow cooker runs. Mine is done in about six hours (in the photo, it’s been cooking for 4 1/2). I’ve found that if I let the oatmeal cool completely in the refrigerator, it doesn’t stick to the sides much.
I freeze the oatmeal in individual-serving portions and serve it with some dried fruit and approximately one tablespoon of brown sugar.