For all the fancy recipes I post, I mainly live on oatmeal during the week for breakfast, especially in the wintertime. It’s quick, easy, healthy and filling, the things that count the most when you are trying to feed your family and get out the door to school. Slow Cooker oatmeal has been around as long as slow cookers themselves have but I never got around to trying it out. Well, check that off the list of things to try. It’s tried, done and was a hit with the whole family!
This slow cooker oatmeal was so fabulous to wake up to a warm breakfast already made in the crock pot and not only that, using steel cut oats which and healthier but take time to cook. I usually don’t have time to make steel cut oats in the morning since they take forever to cook and mornings are crazy as it is, never mind cooking something for 20 minutes or more.
How to Make Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- Grease the inside of your slow cooker with butter.
- Place the first 4 ingredients in a crock pot and stir to combine.
- Cook the oatmeal on low heat for 6-8 hours; all slow cookers vary in heat and cooking time.
- Serve with the toppings of your choice (brown sugar, maple syrup).
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
You have to use steel cut oats in the slow cooker as they take longer to cook than the other types of oats. If you don’t use steel cut oats then you will have mush! Steel but oats are less processed than the other oats and will hold up to the long cooking time that is needed for crock pot oatmeal.
Are Steel Cut Oats Good For You?
Steel cut oats have more fiber than the other types of oats, so yes, they are good for you! They are recommended by tons of health professionals as a healthy breakfast.Steel cut oats are a fabulous gluten-free whole grain and source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
Tips and Tricks for Making Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- Grease the heck out of the inside of your crock pot! It will stick, but if you don’t mind soaking your slow cooker after cooking (and really, they are always crusty after using them)
- A slow cooker with a “keep warm” setting is invaluable for this and I can’t suggest more that with your next purchase you make sure your slow cooker has that setting. This took 8 hours on low in my crock pot then stayed warm until we got up. If you have a speedy crock pot however, it make only take 6 hours. I don’t know about you, but I sleep (or try to) more than 6 hours a night!
- To extend the overnight cooking time, make sure all the contents are very cold! This is a trick I use all the time. Use very cold water and very cold milk and you extend the cooking time a lot!
- I didn’t add much sugar, you can play with the amount but honestly I would just add sugar on top at the end!
More Oatmeal Recipes
- Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies – trust me these are amazing!
- Apple Pie Refrigerator Oatmeal
- Chocolate Raspberry Refrigerator Oatmeal
I really hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a try! Let me know what you think! I will be posting more oatmeal recipes in the weeks to come since it’s a staple in our house for breakfast. The recipe is below as always!
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Overnight Cinnamon Raisin Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- 1 cup of steel cut oats
- 2 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 sprinkle cloves
- 1 sprinkle nutmeg
Grease the inside of your crockpot with butter.
Place the first 4 ingredients in a crock pot and stir to combine.
Cook the oatmeal on low heat for 6-8 hours; all crockpots vary in heat and cooking time.
Serve with the toppings of your choice (brown sugar, maple syrup).
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.