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Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal


Let your slow cooker do the work overnight and wake up to a nice warm bowl of creamy oatmeal! This recipe provides such a yummy and EASY way to prepare a healthy and filling breakfast perfect for a lazy weekend morning or a busy weekday morning.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

Adapted from FoodNetwork.com


I cup steel cut oatmeal
4 cups water
1/2 cup half and half
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon
*dried fruit and nuts for toppings
Steel Cut Overnight Oatmeal Hip2Save.comDirections: Whisk together all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Stir and serve in bowls with desired toppings – I topped with dried cranberries, figs, and walnuts. Serves 4. You can also cook oatmeal with dried fruit if you prefer, but I have some family members that won’t eat it that way.

Notes: Do not substitute rolled oats for steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are whole cut oats that have a chewy texture and take longer to cook than rolled oats so they will hold up in a slow cooker overnight.

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Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 34

  1. Julia L.

    Love it! Your whisk is so cute too. Thank you and happy cooking! 🌻

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Julia!

  2. spedtch95

    Can you use regular (not quick cook) oatmeal? I don’t eat steel cut

    • Kelly

      It says right in the post not to substitute.

    • Charmel

      You can’t use them in this recipe. But do a search and you can make regular oats in a bowl in the crock with water around the bowl. We do it every week. That way food is ready as each person wakes up.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Great tip – I was just reading about that method! Thanks Charmel

      • Erin

        I actually cook my steel-cut oats in a waterbath in my crockpot overnight. I’ve read too many horror stories about cleaning crockpots after cooking oatmeal in them, and I think mine runs hot!

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          That’s awesome! So do you use a smaller sized oven proof dish? – thanks Erin!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I think the cooking time may be a little long overnight, but maybe someone else has tried regular oats with success? Since slow cookers may differ it could be worth it to experiment on warm setting instead of low? Just a thought! 😀

  3. Kelley

    Anyone have a recipe a similar recipe that uses protein powder?

  4. Heather C.

    LOVE steel cut oats… I miss them now that I’m low-carbing. I always topped mine with a big scoop of peanut butter on one side of the bowl (love it when the peanut butter gets all melty) and a big scoop of yogurt on the other side of the bowl. I never mixed them in, just scooped a bit of the oats with a bit of the topping for each bite. Yummmmy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum! Peanut butter would be awesome…

    • Erin

      Yum! I usually mix the pb in–gonna try just letting it melt! We make an almond joy version with coconut milk and top with toasted coconut chips and almonds and chocolate chips.

  5. debra

    Even the word “oatmeal” grosses me out.

    • KetaCar

      Hmm….Why?! 😃

  6. Lynsi

    I’m so glad you posted this. I’m going to try it!! I love these kind of posts.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Lynsi! Enjoy 😀

  7. Bon

    I love oatmeal and have never tried overnight oats! Is the milk necessary or would water be ok? Thank you Lina! 😀

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! I’ve seen recipes with just water – although it wouldn’t maybe be as creamy 😀 enjoy!

  8. mel

    Thanks for the recipe Lina! My husband loves Steel Cut Oats, but I hate to cook them b/c they never come out quite right!
    Can I use whole milk or evaporated milk in place of the half & half?

    • RL

      Totally. I’ve done both many times.

    • Erin

      You can really use whatever liquid you want–coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk, nut milk, coffee creamer, juice, water, etc. I’ve tried pretty much every type of milk and milk/water combos, and it comes out great. You just have to keep in mind how rich and/or sweet you like your oatmeal, and adjust.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Awesome Erin! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Simon

    Is muesli the same as steel oats? Wondering if I can substitute, since I have it in the pantry.

    • RL

      It isn’t the same

  10. Devona

    Thank goodness for Quaker quick 1 minute oats. I personally don’t see the need to cook oats overnight. My opinion! 😀

    • Elen

      Lol…totally agree! They now sell 3 minute quick cool steel oats.

      • Kelley

        Not as much nutritional value in the quick cook oats! Also, some of the packets have tons of added sugar! Not judging, but that’s why some people would prefer long cooking oats!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Devona! I guess it’s just convenient and tasty to just walk in the kitchen and serve it in the morning 😄

    • Erin

      I guess it’s kinda like a programmable coffee machine. It’s nice to wake up and have the work done–even if it only takes a couple minutes. Some people also prefer less processed foods whenever possible.

  11. Gina G.

    Where do you find steel oats? I’ve never seen them in my local grocery store.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      My grocery store (Albertson’s) carries them next to the regular oatmeal. Look again because they can blend in with all the oatmeal selections 🙂

  12. Sheila

    I have been cooking steel cut for years overnight in crock pot. As above posters said, you can put in smaller round corning ware. I use 1 cup oats or less to 4 parts liquid (water) and then usually 1/2 cp milk or half & half for creaminess. Add a tbsp butter splash vanilla and some cinnamon) and then fill crock pot with water around corning ware and cook for 8 hours overnight. Much easier than scraping oatmeal off crockpot. Delish. Much better than any quick oats.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Love this idea – thanks Sheila! I agree so much better! Yum

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