Slow Cooker Oats
I just can't get up in the morning to make my hubby breakfast before he leaves for work, so I put this in the slow cooker the night before, and breakfast is served! A hearty breakfast that's easy to do.
I just can't get up in the morning to make my hubby breakfast before he leaves for work, so I put this in the slow cooker the night before, and breakfast is served! A hearty breakfast that's easy to do.
For the reviewer wondering...Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces by steel rather than being rolled. They are golden in color and resemble small rice pieces. Steel-cut oats are also known as coarse-cut oats, pinhead oats, or Irish oats. I usually buy them in bulk at my local farmer's market co-op store. This recipe is delish. I love the addition of the apple and the use of the crock pot. It makes the whole house smell wonderful, and there is very little effort or time required from me. My two year old would eat this for every meal of the day if I gave him the option (which is tempting on some days).Read More
I really did not care for this at all. The only change I made was using about 1/4 cup of raisins instead of a 1/2 cup. I thought 3 1/2 cups of water to 1 cup of oatmeal seemed like a really wrong ratio. I normally cook oatmeal on the stove top in about 5 minutes. The oats have a nice bite to them still. I decided to try this method after seeing many recipes. I thought the oatmeal was mushy and it was surrounded with a thick gummy liquid. I also didn't care for the darker brown color. I am one to normally cut sugar in a recipe, but this one needed at least twice the brown sugar listed to give it some flavor. The crock pot was also a pain to clean. No one would eat it and it ended up getting tossed. It was so thick, brown, and mushy, I didn't know how to salvage it.Read More
For the reviewer wondering...Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces by steel rather than being rolled. They are golden in color and resemble small rice pieces. Steel-cut oats are also known as coarse-cut oats, pinhead oats, or Irish oats. I usually buy them in bulk at my local farmer's market co-op store. This recipe is delish. I love the addition of the apple and the use of the crock pot. It makes the whole house smell wonderful, and there is very little effort or time required from me. My two year old would eat this for every meal of the day if I gave him the option (which is tempting on some days).
I've made oats in the crock pot for years. Instead of water I use milk or soy milk. The water alone is too bland. This is a great starter and lends itself to additions like adding a tablespoon of peanut butter or toast some walnuts or almonds and add to the pot and let cook with the oats. Try maple with the vanilla extract. Thanks for posting the recipe.
Using steel cut oats (like the recipe calls for) NOT rolled oats is super important in this recipe. Those who complain about it being complete mush are likely using the quaker oaks, or rolled oats. Steel cut oats look like tiny pieces of uncooked rice, not the flat round oats. This is a great recipe for early mornings for the whole family. Thanks!
I did slight variation of this ... added 4 cups water to my 1 c steel cut oats. 3 TBS of ground flaxseed. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon. 2 chopped organic gala apples. Added raisins after cooking. sprayed the crockpot with pam spray just in case to prevent sticking. after 8 hrs, oatmeal was perfect. we added some sweetener, me: Truvia; hubs: agave nectar. It was so filling and yummy! had leftovers for tomorrow morning's bfast!
MY kids ate this! my KIDS ate this! my kids ATE this! MY kids ate THIS!!! I WILL MAKE THIS ALL OF THE TIME!!! i also added a wee bit of salt (just a pinch) and put some maple syrup on it before serving. thank you for this recipe!
A simple solution to it sticking and burning on the sides of the crockpot is to cook it in a water bath in the crock. Just spray a 1 1/2- 2 qt casserole (whatever you can fit in your crockpot-i've even used a 2 cup Pyrex bowl covered with foil inside a mini crockot). Put your ingredients inside the casserole ,cover it ,and put inside the crock Fill with water about 3/4 of the way up the sides of the casserole and cook on low. No crockpot cleanup, no burnt oats, and leftovers just get covered and put in frig.
I get home from work at around 2 in the morning and always check AR for the newest reviews. I saw this recipe and thought it would be great to wake up at 10:30 and have breakfast made. I had all the ingredients, so I tossed this together in the crockpot. When I got up, this was cooked perfectly. It did need some salt; since the recipe didn't call for it, I didn't put any in at the beginning. My husband added more brown sugar and raisins to his, but I ate mine just the way it came out (except for adding salt). Very good recipe. Perfect for work nights. Thanks, brandysue!
I really did not care for this at all. The only change I made was using about 1/4 cup of raisins instead of a 1/2 cup. I thought 3 1/2 cups of water to 1 cup of oatmeal seemed like a really wrong ratio. I normally cook oatmeal on the stove top in about 5 minutes. The oats have a nice bite to them still. I decided to try this method after seeing many recipes. I thought the oatmeal was mushy and it was surrounded with a thick gummy liquid. I also didn't care for the darker brown color. I am one to normally cut sugar in a recipe, but this one needed at least twice the brown sugar listed to give it some flavor. The crock pot was also a pain to clean. No one would eat it and it ended up getting tossed. It was so thick, brown, and mushy, I didn't know how to salvage it.
This is an easy way to go and customizes easily with what fruits/flavors you like and have on hand. I was surprised to see some of the neg. reviews didn't appear to have actually read the directions. Steel-cut oats are NOT rolled, quick, or instant. They really do take about 3 1/2 to 4 cups of water per cup of oats (and if you cook them on the stovetop, they take about 30 minutes!). I tried this the first time during the day on a weekend so that I could keep an eye on it. Every crock pot is not created equal. I have one crock pot that likes to burn this. I have to use the 'warm' setting or cook a double batch. It freezes fine. Will defrost for me (in MY microwave) on 5 min defrost cycle--no hot/cold spots. (Flattened food thaws more quickly) TY very much BrandySue
Very easy and Very good breakfast! I didn't have raisins so I used dried cranberries, may stick w/them because they were plump and juicy. I did add a touch of sugar when I served it.
How funny! I found a recipe almost exactly like this last night, and threw it in the crockpot before bed. I'm eating it right now. The one I used is part apple juice and part water, and no raisins. Everything else is exactly the same. Its really good!
Great oats! I modified a bit - used my mini crock pot and an appliance timer to set it for 5 hours on low, programmed to finish when we wake up. I used 2 cups almond milk and 1 cup water, the oats, apples, and raisins. Subbed maple syrup for sugar and cut back on the cinnamon. Yum! My kids absolutely love this oatmeal, and I love that I don't have to think about it in the morning.
I made these to take to work. Everyone loved them! I filled my crock pot, turned it on and went to bed. It was great to wake to a house smelling like apple pie. These had good flavor. I'm going to make these again next week for our breakfast at work. We're thinking we might try them with blueberries or maybe strawberries instead of apple.
I made this yesterday and it was so easy and turned out delicious. It smells like Christmas when you wake up. We enjoyed a 2nd bowl today. Easy to toss left overs in tupperware to freeze, 2-3 minutes to microwave and you can enjoy again. I added some chopped pecans and a little milk to it after I dish it into a bowl just because thats how my husband and I like it. You could easily add or subtract ingrediants to your liking. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
This Recipe is just as fabulous as everybody says. My wife is on a "Girl'cation" and I have the kids for the week. I put the oats in with the water, added the rest of the ingredients and by morining it was perfect. The kids liked it so much they want it again tomorrow. Best part was that the kids bragged about it at the bus stop to all the other kids and their Moms!
I cook steel cut oats using the above recipe in a rice cooker, takes 20 - 22 minutes.
So so so GOOD! I doubled the recipe so I would have some to freeze in individual baggies. What I did different was instead of raisins I used dried cranberries and added a bit of nutmeg and an extra tbs of brown sugar. I tried it on te warm setting and when we got up it was soupy-- but soft-- so I turned it to low for about an hour and it thickened up beautifully. Next time I'll start it earlier on low and when I go to bed turn it to warm. Very good! Smelled like apple pie!!
So easy and versatile! I prefer mine with some walnuts in it for crunch, have also tried it with dates instead of raisins. A hearty breakfast that will stick with you for a long time.
I love steel cut oats but don't usually have time in the morning to make a batch. This was quick and easy to prepare. I did have to turn my crock pot down to the warm setting for the last couple of hours, but that's the fault of my equipment, not the recipe. It was delicious!
Super easy, yummy, and good for you! I used half water/half milk and cooked this during the day so I could monitor it the first time. In my crockpot I cooked it on low for 5 hours and then turned it to warm for the next 2 hours to keep it from getting overly mushy. There isn't a whole lot of flavor in it but each member of my family doctored their bowl up in a different way using bananas, brown sugar, maple syrup etc... to suit their own tastes. Made a double batch and froze some in single portions for my husband to take to work in the morning. I was surprised at how well it reheated! Overall a healthy and very easy recipe the whole family enjoyed. My only suggestion....USE A CROCKPOT LINER! After seeing the shape of my crockpot liner after this recipe, I was reeeealllly happy I used one!
I loved this recipe. I had dried apple slices so I used those instead and they come out fully hydrated like fresh apples and it was very tasty. Maybe next time I will only use half of the cinnamon as the cinnamon kind of overpowered the other flavours. Maybe I will experiment with other spices as well like pumpkin pie spices. There can be so many excellent variations to this recipe!
I think it would be a little tastier/sweeter if apple juice was used instead of water, but otherwise its good and easy!
This was very easy to throw together. I followed the recipe exactly cooking for 8 hrs. I did not like the raisins in this. They may have been good if they were added at the end. I was a little concerned at the amount of cinnamon but surprisingly it was not overpowering. It did come out very thick but I always add a touch of milk to my oatmeal anyways. I did not think it was very sweet so I did add a little sugar to it. Very good overall recipe. I would make this again.
I LOVE THIS!! My husband and I are recent empty nesters and I can make this for Monday morning and eat it for 3-4 days each morning. It's delicious! I didn't have cinnamon the first time I made it, I only had pumpkin pie spice and that worked well too. Thank you for submitting this recipe!!
I think people don't understand that this is a recipe that depends on YOUR crockpot being just like hers. That is, doesn't overcook or undercook! And you can ADD more sugar after it's cooked, it's meant for more than one meal or more than one person so microwaving one bowl isn't the same!! I also like butter & a sprinkle of sugar on the top of HOT cereal so to each his or her own, wouldn't you say? No, I don't put butter on Cheerios but it's like comparing apples to oranges. The recipe is great as is but go ahead & make changes to suit yourself!! Don't accuse her of a "faulty" recipe!
Steel cut oats. I put this together Christmas Eve and cooked overnight for Christmas morning to keep us fed until the mid day brunch. This was just excellent!! I used dried cranberries instead of raisins and would suggest not cooking them but putting them on top. Also served with coconut, cranberries, brown sugar and milk on top. Yum, Yum. Ate the left overs for next couple of days. Easy to re-heat in microwave. thanks for a great recipe!
I followed the recipe exactly and unfortunately, the slow cooker I used is a manual one, and it didn't switch over to warm. There was some heavy sticking to the bottom of the crock (I wouldn't call it burned). additionally, there was way too much water for my taste (and I used McCann's steel cut oats), and the cinnamon was a little strong. The taste was good, however, once I got past the cinnamon. So, next time I make it, I'll use 3 cups of water, half the cinnamon, and I'll use my other crock pot, which switches to warm after the cook time has been reached. Thanks for the recipe brandysue, it smelled wonderful this morning!
Made this last night for breakfast today and it's fantastic. I think anyone who ended up with mush probably didn't use steel cut oats. Mine cooked about 9 hours and came out great. I did end up adding quite a bit more sugar, cinnamon and butter as well as some salt. Then I topped it with half-and-half, but that's just personal preference. Thanks so much for this recipe! Loved waking up to a house that smelled like cinnamon and a healthy breakfast waiting for us.
This is a great way to make oatmeal, but it isn't very healthy if you follow the recipe as it is. I made these changes to mine; Omit the butter and brown sugar. Replace it with an additional Tbsp of cinnamon and 2 Tbsp of Splenda. Oatmeal is cereal. You wouldn't put butter on your Cheerios would you?
This is a great breakfast. We love hot oats and this really takes all the work out of it. Put it on at night and in the AM yumm. This is great to lower the bad cholesterol also. thanks
I omitted the sugar, raisins and butter. I increased the apple to 2 medium gala apples and cooked on low overnight. Luckily I used some non-stick spray, otherwise it would have been awful to get out of the crockpot! Next time I will cook everything on 'keep warm'. it was awful trying to scrape everything out while it was hot. Great for weekday breakfasts--thanks!
I made this recipe for hubby who gave it 4 stars. Today is hubby's birthday and this is what he requested for breakfast. So throwing everything together last night made breakfast super easy. This recipe made enough for four bowls so I put the other three away for him to reheat. I followed the recipe almost to the letter for the first time. With the exception of- I cut the cinnamon in half because I use 3% oil Korintje cinnamon and it's stronger. So I always use less cinnamon and hubby said cinnamon level was perfect. I used our own frozen apples from the freezer. The other modification was I used 4 oz apple juice, 1 1/2 c milk, and 1 1/2 c water instead of all water. Next time I'm going to cut the amount of liquid by 1/2 cup if I don't thrown in dried fruit. Otherwise hubby says this is a winner and will be his new steel cut oats basic recipe. Thanks so much for an easy, great recipe.
I make this often for my 4 children. We use Irish oats and I add dried fruit instead of chopped apples, Even trail mix is delicious and it's easy and nutritious!
I don't like making breakfast and this was so nice to wake up to! I cut down the amount of cinnamon to about a teaspoon or so (i just eyeballed it) and I omitted the raisins and added walnuts. My crockpot is a no bells and whistles thing, so I cooked it on warm for about 8 hour!s. It needed a little more sugar, but that can always be added later. I prefer oatmeal to be mushy, so this was perfect for me. This receipe's a keeper
This is a super healthy breakfast! I added a small peeled and chopped sugar pumpkin (can freeze for the winter) instead of the apple and some nutmeg too. Delicious!
this is fabulous! Mine was done after probably 4 hours. Didn't use the butter. Might increase the water a 1/4 cup next time. Loved this. Reheats just fine!
This is a good "starter" recipe, but after making it once, I changed a few things...I wouldn't add the fruit until its done cooking because the starches make the oatmeal a think , sticky mess, I also didnt add any sugar. I only added the oats, water, 1tbs vanilla, and 1tbs cinnamon. I set out all of the other toppings like an "oatmeal bar" that way ppl can dress their bowl any way they'd like! I also cooked it on the "warm" setting for 8 hours, making sure to spray the crockpot with Pam....
This was great! I substituted milk, as some others had suggested. I also added 1/2 c. of dried mixed berries rather than just the raisins. Yum!!!
I omited the raisens and added blueberries. It was fantastic to wake to a ready to eat healthy breakfast! Will be making this again soon! :)
I followed the recipe exactly (except I kept the apple peel on) and the results were bitter, grainy and inedible. I woke up to a big disappointment this morning.
This is a delicious recipe, BUT . . . I don't understand why you would put this in your crockpot for six to eight hours when you can make this exact recipe in your microwave in a few short minutes. I have oatmeal almost every day of the week. I make it using steel cut oats and unsweetened Almond milk and most of the other ingredients mentioned in this recipe. I'm enjoying my breakfast in minutes. So while yes, this is a delicious recipe as written, just know that you can make it quicker and easier in your microwave if you choose. And go ahead and tweak those ingredients to suit your own taste. Don't like raisins? Try dried cranberries, apricots or even blueberries. Or leave the fruit out all together. Just go with what you enjoy.
YUM! These are delicious!! I followed the recipe exact for the ingredients but I cooked this on the stove top instead of slow cooking it, according to the directions on the steel cut oats package. It was great, will make this regularly!!
I am surprised at how many good reviews this got. I found it to be a mushy mess. Definitely not enough brown sugar, I added 4T instead of 2. I would also recommend adding a little more water if you like your oats a bit more runny and not in one big clump. The cinnamon could be reduced a bit too. Would not make this again!
LOVE this recipe! My kids can make it if I wanted them to and I put in disposable cups and send the kids to school with a hot breakfast. I don't add any sugar at all, one Splenda and some milk per serving and it is perfect!
Easy and delish. I cooked for 7 hours but had it on warm for 1 hour - it was burnt around the edges, but the middle was great.
I doubled the recipe and followed as is except substituing dried cranberries for raisins. Give it a good stir, serve it warm w/ a little milk on top and you've got an easy and yummy hot breakfast. My 3 teenage boys devoured it!
This is really good, I have made steel cut oats on the stove and I like this method much better. My slow cooker must run on a higher temperature though because it is burning around the sides after 4 hours on low. Really glad you took the time to share this recipe.
I love steel cut oats and was looking forward to having breakfast ready when I woke up. I didn't add the butter since I never add butter when making oats on the stove top. I also only used 1/2 T of cinnamon which ended up being the perfect amount. I also subbed brown sugar for stevia and used craisins for the raisins. I used my 5 qt. Hamilton Beech slow cooker (doesn't cook as hot as others) and cooked for 7 hours. It was mush - didn't have the firm bite I like in steel cut oats. If I make this again I would consider a shorter cooking time. The craisins would have been much better sprinkled on the cooked oats as opposed to adding to the crock.
Very easy and delicious breakfast! We loved the chunks of apple and raisins, and found it very filling. The only change I made was to increase the brown sugar to 4 tablespoons. We will definitely make this again!
Holy buckets!! If I could give this recipe more stars, I would!! Just bought a 1.5 quart crock pot for our camper and saw this recipe and gave it a try. I was a little worried as crock pots vary from brand to brand, size to size and this came out PERFECT!! Followed the recipe almost to a "t", adding a little bit more brown sugar, dried cranberries instead of raisins and added some chopped pecans for crunch. Woke up the next morning to a bubbling crock of deliciousness!! WAY better than any instant/stove top/microwave I have ever tried. I'm already thinking about new combinations of dried fruits and nuts! WELL worth getting the bag of steel cut oats for. Heck, get the new little crock pot for this one!! SO glad I did!!
My family loved this recipe. I found that it was a little watery so I reduced the water by 3/4 cup and it came out perfect.
Too much cinnamon, Start with less as you can add more if needed after the fact.
My husband loves these. So easy and wonderful to wake up to the smell.
I was really excited about trying this recipe but it didn't turn out too well for me... The flavors didn't combine well and the oatmeal around the edge of the pot burned.
I found it to be a bit mushier than I like. Perhaps if I reduce the water? To prevent sticking and ease washing up, I sprayed the slow cooker bowl with pam. A tip that I found from another recipe.
This recipe is awesome! All 4 of my young kids love it, and I completely omit the sugar. It is still sweet and flavorful. I use this at least once a week. It is quick to toss together the night before. I also add a little extra water, I live in a dry climate.
My husband and I loved having this ready in the morning when we woke up! I had read about putting the ingredients in a heat safe bowl and then surround the bowl (about 1/2 way to the top of the bowl) with water in the crockpot. Cooked perfectly! I only put the apples and cinnamon in at the beginning and then I added raisins, a dab of maple syrup, a little bit of milk when I was ready to eat and it was perfect to me. Of course this can be adjusted in so many ways to suit individual tastes. Thanks for the original recipe and thanks for all the helpful suggestions that have been posted!
I thought this had WAY too much cinnamon in it. It was so awful I ended up throwing the entire batch away. I'll try it again with half the cinnamon and see how it goes.
fine. Make sure to try it on low. Warm was too watery. Good, though, later.
I don't understand at all how this recipe got 5 stars. I followed it as written, using steel cut oats and it turned out to be a gloppy mess with WAY too much cinnamon. I'm wondering if the recipe should have said 1 tsp cinnamon instead of 1 Tbsp.
Made a double batch in my crock pot last night. Didn't smell it this morning and was worried, but it was done and delicious. Even my husband who usually has "junk" for breakfast took a container to work. I have been eating roled outs, done in the microwave, but this is my new breakfast fave. Only change I will make is it add a tsp salt and maybe 1 more tbsp brown sugar.
This recipe is a good starting point. I followed it just as written, but I still thought it was just OK. I think you could definitely switch out fruits here. And I think maybe next time use some milk or half and half. It was nice to wake up to breakfast, though. I would warn people to make sure to check your crock pot once the time is over. Mine switches over to "warm" and it was drying out the oatmeal...luckily I was up and turned it off.
After reading all of the reviews for this recipe I decided to make it during the day the first time so that I could monitor its progress. I cooked the oatmeal on low for 4 hours, stirred it and gave it another half hour and then served it. Pretty good at that point, maybe a bit heavy on the cinnamon, but I really like cinnamon. My Crock Pot brand slow cooker is very low tech so if I want to make this an overnight project I'll cook it on the warm setting instead of low. I think 8 hours on low would have been a disaster.
Followed the recipe using steel cut oats and it came out perfectly. Well, it was a tad dry for my taste, but we like to add milk anyway. I used 1 1/2 Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled. I also put in a pinch of salt. Some might like it sweeter or wetter or drier, so try it how it's written and then adjust to your liking and make it the way you prefer next time. Super easy, really yummy and my roommate loved it! Thanks for the recipe!
So easy to make the night before and a great way to have a heart healthy breakfast ready for you in the morning.
Love this recipe- Easy, healthy, and yummy!
my family would not eat this as it was mushy and had no flavor.
this was the first time I used a slow cooker . I followed the directions exactly . the oatmeal was sticky and gooey.
Very good. Made recipe plus half (for 9 servings). Cooked on low for 8 hours. It was a bit crusty around the edges but delicious. Made as is. Used milk, mixed dried berries, apples. Kids loved it. Nice to wake up too on a cold Saturday.
great recipe! Not only was it delicious, it made my whole home smell great. So easy and great to prepare night before if you have guests spending the night.
Taste good but a lot is wasted due to sticking and I sprayed w/coconut oil
My family and I loved this oatmeal recipe. I added more vanilla, all spice, and sliced bananas. Drizzled honey on top before eating. WONDERFUL!! I am thinking of sqeezing a little fresh orange juice next time. My boys are asking for more.
Offering a suggestion - cut back on the water by about 1/2 - 1 cup and instead of a slow cooker use a rice cooker with a delay to be ready when you wake up. The bonus is that you will not have a wonderful aroma from that recipe waking you up in the middle of the night when the slow cooker is on - you will just get the aroma close to when wake up time is anyway. THEN for the 1/2 - 1 cup liquid that is missing, you can add milk - stir and leave warming through for 5 - 10 min. This is a wonderful recipe otherwise, and as some mentioned can be customized easily.
We love oatmeal so I really liked the idea of it being ready the next day when I woke up. Definitely needs more sugar but other than that it is a great recipe.
Fantastic! We really enjoyed this. I used 10oz of apple juice in place of the water & chopped, dried cherries because I didn't have raisins. I used 2 tsp cinnamon & 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice instead of a full tbsp of cinnamon. Glad I did it that way because I think it old have been too much for my taste. Due to time constraints, I started it on high for an hour then turned to low for three hours. It wasn't quite redy then, but after sitting in the fridge overnight, it was perfect.
I read the instructions again to see if I had done something wrong, but as far as I can tell, I cooked it correctly. This was just too bland, and the texture too gooey for our tastes.
I tried this last night, and like some other reviewers mine burnt on the outside of the crockpot. I used 1.5c water and 2c 1% milk (this may be the reason it burnt so bad) and I ommited the butter. Instead of raisins I chopped up some dried mango. I cooked mine for 8 hours on low. The salvageable oatmeal was ok and the texture was good but it had the burnt taste. The crockpot is now soaking in hot water for the second time to remove the charcoal. I will definitly try this recipe again but will be putting everything in a pyrex bowl inside the crockpot with water.
This is simply delicious! in my version, I cut out the sugar because it just doesnt need it with all the other goodies in there. The apple is just a genius idea! I also used coconut oil instead of butter. Oh and last but not least, I made this in my RICE COOKER!!!! My slow cooker is much too large to put a single or double serving of oatmeal, so my husband suggested the rice cooker. I threw everything in when I woke up and it was ready to eat after my shower. Ive made it the last 2 days, always making enough for my mid morning snack as well. I am just so incredibly happy to have found a way to make steelcut oatmeal so easily!
This did not turn out well. Next time I'll just settle making regular oatmeal on the stove. The raisins turned out like grapes and had an odd flavor to them. I'd suggest adding the raisins at the end after it finished cooking.
Let me start by saying I am not sure if my rating is a fair one or not. This does not work with large oval slow cookers on steroids. I doubled the recipe considering I have a monster sized crock pot and I did it on low for 7 hours.It came out a mushy mess. Yes, I used steel cut oats. Half of it was stuck to the bottom and sides and slightly burned. I was excited to find this idea and sorry to say, I really think the success depends on your slow cooker. I'm glad it's worked for so many others.
Thank you, brandysue, for this recipe. Oatmeal is so good for you and the steel cut oats are even better, but I don't usually make them because they take way too long to cook on the stove and I don't have time for that when I have to get off to work in the morning. But, this is a great alternative because I can make a batch that lasts throughout the week where the last serving tastes as good as the first. This recipe is like having dessert for breakfast, but there's no guilt involved. Cooking the steel-cut oats in the slow cooker overnight is a wonderful idea. I think the recipe works well just as it is, but I did tweak it because I didn't have raisins and I've always preferred milk over water in my oatmeal. I added dried cranberries, flax seed and an additional 2T brown sugar. I don't think the tablespoon of cinnamon is overpowering at all. Cinnamon is so very good for you (lowers LDL and stabilizes blood sugar) that the more the better, IMHO. The only issue I had was that it stuck big time to my crock pot. I think the pot runs hot, so I will adjust the setting from 'low' to 'warm' next time and spray some Pam on the sides to see if that eliminates the problem. I had also put just a tad of honey in the mix which probably contributed to the sticking, as well. I love a recipe that not only tastes good, but is easy to make AND has the benefit of actually being good for you.
Taste okay, but texture was mushy which I suspect was from too much water at the beginning. I've made other slow cooker oatmeal, with the same oats, with much better results.
Great recipe, I used half milk half water and used cranberries instead of raisins, omitted the vanilla only because I didn't have it on hand and it was still wonderful. Doubled the recipe for potluck and my co-workers loved it.
This is a great recipe! Followed the directions to the letter, but added dried cherries instead of raisins - turned out great. One tip I got from my boss - soak the steel cut oats overnight in a bowl of water, then dump in a strainer and rinse. It takes out alot of the starch and you end up with a lighter fluffy oatmeal thats not so heavy. Use 3 cups liquid because the oats have already absorbed moisture from the leaching process. Next time I'll try soy milk.
my favorite way to make breakfast! i use Almond Breeze instead of milk..works great!
After reading all the other reviews, I decided to be very cautious. I have a manual dial Rival brand 3 1/2 quart crock pot. I was sure to use steel cut oats. I sprayed my crock pot with Pam beforehand and cooked it only on the Warm setting, not Low. It was perfectly done after 4 1/2 hours on the Warm setting. Delicious! I love steel cut oats, but rarely eat them because they take forever on the stove top. This is great! Very easy! Thanks!
I made this with steel cut oats and even though I lightly coated the crock pot with oil, it really stuck and was a pain to clean. The stuck parts burned a little and gave a bitter taste to the whole dish. Some other reviewers mentioned trying the bowl inside the crock pot - I'll try this next time. I really like the idea of it and it made the house smell really good in the morning.
I decreased the Cinnamon to 1 tsp instead of 1 tbsp. I cook it 3 hours on low in my crockpot and then turn it off and let it cool in the pot, that way it does not stick to the sides. I love this recipe and now keep a batch in my fridge ready to warm up for B-fast.
I made this a couple of weeks ago and we thought it was very good. I just finished putting it in the crockpot tonight. This time I put in more apple (2 small galas), more raisens (1/2 cup) and another tablespoon of sugar. We will see how this turns out. It was delicious the first time, but we customized it to our own taste this time. I can't wait to experiment with different fruits and nuts.
I made this recipe this afternoon so I could see how it behaves. It took exactly 6 hours for a nice, creamy consistency. It's 8 pm and I can't stop 'tasting' it. I used half water and half unsweetened apple juice, and one large apple coarsely chopped. It tastes great and I'm looking forward to breakfast being ready for the week. I might use a bit less cinnamon next time. Thanks for the yummy, healthy recipe!
No way you could cook this overnight! Mine was done in an hour and a half at the most (on low)! I just did steel cut oats and water so my kids could add what they like. Turned out ok just mine cooked way faster than stated!
Oh my goodness, so good! Used apple pie spice instead of just cinnamon, and added a pinch of salt. You can prevent sticking by using the butter to grease the crockpot. Doubled the recipe as another reviewer suggested...husb and I work nightshifts and its nice to set aside some individual portions to freeze and take to work.
I greased my slow cooker pot and this stuck something aweful to it. I soaked and scrubbed it for so long, it was not worth it! The cinnamon cooked for that long gave a strange flavor. It's better to make this on the stove in 25 minutes.
Love it. I used 2 1/2 cups skim milk, 1 cup apple juice and added a dash of salt.
This recipe was tasty, but the "cook on warm if your crockpot cooks too high" advice didn't work so well for my crock pot. After 7 hours on warm, they weren't really done, so I put them on low for two more hours. I think in the future I might try low on a few hours before bed, and then switch to warm overnight.
Loved it!!!! Never tried steel cut oats before-very impressed!! did as a reviewer mentioned...used 1C milk as a sub for one of the cups of water. May even do more next time. It was delicious. We put it on low for what we hoped would be 8 hours overnight. However our daughter decided to sleep in so they were in for over 9 hours! Still great! can't wait to make it again! Thanks for the recipe!
I'm glad I found this! It's a hearty, warm, and EASY breakfast during cold winter months. I love that I can start it the night before and wake up to the delicious smell of cinnamon and apples cooking! I've made it twice so far...the first time exactly by the recipe and it was delicious! The second time I omitted raisins (per request of my 3 year old) and brown sugar, just b/c I dislike adding sugar to anything for breakfast. I think it really needs both of those ingredients though. We ended up adding a lil sugar to our bowls.
WAAAY too much liquid, and not enough sweetness for my liking! I might try it one more time with less liquid; and I will use half water and half apple juice.
Too thin. Too much cinnamon! Recipe idea is good, but proportions need altered badly.