Rating: 3.99 stars
422 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 213
  • 4 star values: 98
  • 3 star values: 41
  • 2 star values: 33
  • 1 star values: 37

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.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
6 hrs
total:
6 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the steel cut oats, water, apple, raisins, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla extract into a slow cooker, and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar. Cover the cooker, set to Low, and allow to cook 6 to 7 hours (for firm oats) or 8 hours (for softer texture).

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Cook's Note

Important: Use steel cut oats or this will be a mushy mess. Also, if your crock cooks too high, cook on the warm setting.

Nutrition Facts

208 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 37.2g; fat 5.6g; cholesterol 10.2mg; sodium 34.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (418)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2011
This is a great recipe! I make as is or add milk or juice instead of some of the water. I add dried cherries, or cranberries, pecans. I use brown sugar, white sugar, or maple syrup. I usually add 1 cup of pumpkin puree with pumpkin spices. But however I make it, it is always yummy! If you double it, you reduce the chances of it burning on the sides and you can freeze individual portions in the small 1 cup Ziplock containers. Then microwave frozen for 3 minutes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/05/2011
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
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422 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 213
  • 4 star values: 98
  • 3 star values: 41
  • 2 star values: 33
  • 1 star values: 37
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2011
This is a great recipe! I make as is or add milk or juice instead of some of the water. I add dried cherries, or cranberries, pecans. I use brown sugar, white sugar, or maple syrup. I usually add 1 cup of pumpkin puree with pumpkin spices. But however I make it, it is always yummy! If you double it, you reduce the chances of it burning on the sides and you can freeze individual portions in the small 1 cup Ziplock containers. Then microwave frozen for 3 minutes. Read More
(678)
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2011
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
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2011
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2011
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2013
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2013
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2011
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! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/04/2011
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
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