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  • Recipe: Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

    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
    Serves 6

    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.


    1. Anonymous says:

      I love this idea! But I have some questions.

      What size crockpot do you use? Do you freeze it in baggies or plastic containers? And how do you heat and serve it once you've frozen it?

      Thanks so much!!

    2. Chief Family Officer says:

      @anon – Great questions! I use a 4-quart crock and freeze in containers. I reheat in the microwave (transferring to a bowl, since I try not to microwave plastic). I think it would dry out if reheated on the stove, unless you added liquid. Hope that helps!