Monday, September 9, 2013

Steel Cut Crock Pot Oatmeal Recipe...

There's a chill in the air and that means fall is just around the corner. It's my favorite time of the year. I love the changing colors of the leaves, wearing warm sweaters, making big pots of soups and yummy warm oatmeal for breakfast in the morning.

When the girls were little, they always ate instant flavored oatmeal in the morning before school.  I recently purchased a container of steel cut oats to try, so on to Pinterest I went. There were so many recipes, but this one from the site Sweet Anna's caught my eye.

I wanted to use a crock pot, because the thought of cooking steel cut oats in a pan, for what seems like hours, was not appealing! Using a crock pot not only makes the cooking process easier with steel cut oats, it fills the house with the wonderful flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon. The other benefit of cooking in a crock pot...start it before you go to bed and your warm yummy breakfast is all ready for you when you wake up!!

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

Come on in for the recipe and I also share the difference between steel cut and rolled oats.

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

Steel Cut Crock Pot Oatmeal Recipe


1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
6 cups water
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar ( use less if desired)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter

Add all your ingredients to your crock post, stir together and cook on low for 6-8 hours. When it's done, stir once again to combine ingredients. Makes 4-5 bowls

I made half this recipe just as a test and it was finished before 6 hours in a small crock pot on low.

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

All done...and it is the best!

You can add a little milk if needed, but it was perfect.

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

Add dried fruits or nuts too!!

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

Make sure you only use Steel Cut Oats or Regular Oats, "NOT" Quick Cook in the crock pot.

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

 Here's the difference between Steel Cut (or Irish Oats) and regular oats.

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

Steel Cut Oats are the toasted groats cut into pieces or chunks.

Rolled or old fashioned oats are toasted groats that have been steamed and then rolled to flatten into a flake.

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

Steel cut on the left and rolled old fashioned on the right. The difference in nutrition is minimal...the main difference is the cooking time and the texture when eating it.

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

The thickness and texture of the steel cut makes for a longer cooking time. That's where the crock pot comes in handy.

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

Either oat makes for a delicious breakfast and good for you too. Well, maybe without the brown sugar...Lol

steel cut crock pot oatmeal

You can click here for a link to a site I found and used for the nutrition of oats.

Happy Cooking,

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  1. I cooked these back in June and added apples to the recipe. I found it on facebook and just had to try it. It was yummy but that recipe called for 1/4 cup brown sugar. I said if I ever made it again, I was going to increase to 1/2 cup at least. I am having a small get together with 4 other quilters in late october here in my home... might just have to make another batch.

  2. Thank you for this. I never knew the difference between steel cut and rolled but my guess is the former is much tastier.

  3. Thanks for explaining the oat difference!

  4. We have been doing this for years. It is so great to see that others have the same idea.

    For two persons we use 1/3 cup steel cut oats, 1 cup of water, 1 splash of maple syrup and one bag of mixed frozen berries. In the morning we add a little cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of flax seeds and a handful of walnut piece.

    It's our go-to breakfast day after day. Since we don't like the oats too soft, we have the timer for a cooking time of about 1.5 hours starting at 3 o'clock. Then they are just right, when we get up.

  5. If I had a crock pot this would be ideal. My husband and I got into a routine last winter of cooking 10 servings of old fashioned oats on top of the stove (he did it most often, bless his heart) and then we put the extra 8 servings in the fridge and just microwaved the yummy oats each morning. That's a real time saver and they keep very well for those next four days if you have a nice plastic container with a tight lid. I'm trying to lose weight and fiber is key so my "treat" is Splenda and some fresh fruit in my oatmeal. Thanks so much for sharing - maybe I will put a crock pot on my wish list.

    1. they have this tiny ones (1,5 quarts or so) for around 15 20 dollars, that are meant for dipping sauces etc. For two persons they work wonderfully.

  6. Steel cut oats are digested much slower than regular oatmeal, making them better for people eating a low-glycemic diet, because the outer covering of the oats is not removed from steel cut oats as it is from regular oats. Hope this helps some of your readers :) Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. To be honest, I am not a big fan of oatmeal, however this recipe looks yummy especially when it is eaten when it's still hot. Might try it for my toddler, :) How about savory-flavored oatmeal? do you have any ideas?
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Where do GROATS fall on the scale of things?

  9. We have a similar recipe that calls for less sugar (1/3 cup) and 2-3 chopped apples (we like Granny Smith)! Even my hubby liked it and he HATES oatmeal. :)


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