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Making Steel-Cut Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Steel-cut oatmeal takes some time to cook up, making it hard to fit into your morning routine. So here’s a way to make it in a slow cooker overnight. Just throw the ingredients in the pot before you go to bed, and you’ll have a nice hot breakfast in the morning and for a few more mornings thereafter.

Steel-Cut Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker


  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, dried fruit (e.g., cherries, apricots, raisins)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups water
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped Granny Smith apples

1. Coat your slow cooker with a non-stick spray.

2. Assemble all ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir together.

3. Cook on low setting for 8 hours. (Check at 6 hours the first time you do this, just to see how far the oats have cooked, and make adjustments with time or temperature accordingly.)

4. Serve in bowls. Add a splash of milk and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts.

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2 thoughts on “Making Steel-Cut Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

  1. sweeeeet.i tried steel cut oats once (at a chain place that shall remain nameless) and rather liked it but didn’t know how to cook it myself…until now! plus i love using my crockpot, so this is a double win 🙂

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