Steel Cut Oatmeal Crock Pot Directions

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I followed these basic steel cut oatmeal crock pot directions and had a healthy breakfast waiting for me in the morning. And, I liked loved it. It all happened overnight in the slow cooker…while I was sleeping in my cozy bed.


Steel Cut Oatmeal Crock Pot Recipe Topped with Blueberries and Walnuts

My morning breakfast: steel cut oats topped with flax seed, blueberries and a sprinkling of walnuts. Sometimes I make up batches of Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar and occasionally I will grab a Banana Oatmeal Cookie on the run.

But, I always eat breakfast and it often involves oatmeal, particularly on a busy weekday.

I’m in a bit of a rut when it comes to the first meal of the day, although I do vary the toppings. At least it is a healthy habit. 🙂

Steel Cut Oatmeal Crock Pot Directions

On the stove-top, it takes about 20 minutes to cook steel cut oats (a.k.a Irish oatmeal.) In the morning, when you are in a hurry, minutes can seem like hours. But, this breakfast is totally worth it. These heartier oats seem to stick to your insides…and will keep you going strong all morning long (at least, according to my mom growing up!)

You can have this healthy breakfast…and still have time for an extra cup of coffee because these oats cook beautifully overnight in a crock pot. 🙂

I use a cute little 2 quart crock pot to make 4 servings of oatmeal. (A larger appliance could be used to double or triple this recipe.)

Four servings works out nicely at our house. Hopefully, my daughters or hubby will enjoy a hot bowl. Otherwise, I make up breakfast bowls for the rest of the week.

Basic Ingredients and Mix-ins

For four servings, mix 1 cup of steel cut oats, with 4 cups of water. The stove-top directions are right there on the package and I don’t vary a thing. I just add everything to crock.

I use water because I have family members with food allergies. However, other liquids, such as almond milk could be used.

Steel Cut Oatmeal in a CrockPot

This basic recipes calls for vanilla and cinnamon, which enables you to cut down on the amount of sweetener needed (in my humble opinion.) You can sweeten with a 1/4 cup of brown sugar while it is cooking too. (I didn’t.) Instead, I’ve been adding a dropper of stevia sweetener. (Yes!)

How long do you cook steel cut oats in a crockpot?

Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. I often cook it for 8 hours (to make it through the night.) If you don’t like your oatmeal on the firm side or find that the it starts sticking to the sides of the crock pot, then add a little extra liquid at the start. Or, stir in some water or milk after they are cooked.

Basic Steel Cut Oatmeal Crockpot Directions


Toppings for Oatmeal

Cover the oatmeal with your favorite toppings:

How Long Can you Keep Oats in the Fridge?

5-7 Days is a good rule of thumb for keeping oats in the refrigerator. Toppings that will stay fresh (i.e., flax seed, chia seeds, dried fruit) can be added beforehand. Or, top it off when you are ready to eat.

How to Reheat Steel Cut Oats in the Microwave

Stir in a little water or milk (about 1 Tablespoon) if you don’t like your oats firm. Microwave the container on high in 30 second increments until the steel cut oatmeal reaches the desired temperature. Add any topping as you normally would and enjoy!


How to Make Steel Cut Oats in a Crock Pot Overnight
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Steel Cut Oatmeal Crock Pot Directions

Steel cut oats cook overnight in the crock pot. A delicious and healthy way to start the day! This is a basic recipe to top with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds and sweetener.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 158kcal


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Sweetener We used 1 dropper of a stevia sweetener


  • Mix first 4 ingredients in a small crock pot.
  • Cook on low heat for 7-8 hours.
  • Stir and serve with toppings and sweetener of choice.


I used a small 2 quart crock pot like this.
Refrigerates well! To reheat, add 1 Tablespoon liquid (if desired), stir and heat on high in microwave at 30 second intervals until desired temperature is reached.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 12mg | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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This post was originally published on February 26, 2013 and has been updated with new pictures and nutritional information.

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  1. This is what’s for breakfast tomorrow…a deeelish, healthy start to our day! Thanks!

  2. Can the water be substituted with milk in the crock-pot? I don’t like oatmeal with water, when I make it on the stove top I always use milk but, I have to stand over it so it does not boil over.

    • I have read that it can…but, I have never tried it. Let me know how it turns out!

    • Yes — but to improve this recipe to Olympic fantasticalness, substitute Apple Juice for water: add only cinnamon, and you don’t even need extra sweetness or even apples. unless you like the crunch.
      Instead, make this into “Gourmet oatmeal” by adding raisins, dried blueberries, dried cranberries (“Raisins”) and chopped dried apricots. Cook in crockpot overnight, and in the morning only add a pinch of salt and maybe butter and if you are absolutely decadent, a little scotch whisky over the butter; so that you get a little whisky with every spoonful.
      This is called “Scotch Porrage” and will make your day. Remember, you can only use steel-cut (Irish) oats in a crockpot and have the right texture; otherwise it has the texture of library paste goo.

  3. Can this recipe be used in a larger crockpot? Mine is about 6 quarts and I know some recipes adapt better than others. Thanks!

  4. Tried this, this morning! Turned out exactly as promised, except I chose to add the sugar when I woke up in the morning (My personal preference is a bit sweeter oatmeal) Even my 3 year old liked it! Win win! Crock pot oatmeal has been added to our winter breakfast list! Thank you for sharing it!

  5. I don’t know what went wrong. Tried this twice and both times end up with a goey, mushy, mess. I followed the recipe exactly.

    • I’m so sorry to hear of the problem. It’s hard to diagnose a problem from afar. However, I did use a small-sized crock pot. Also, you may want to adjust to a smaller amount of liquid if you try it again. Thanks for your feedback!

    • Bernie Hoohuli says

      Did you use Quick Oats, perhaps? Quick Oats are the 1-minute stove top style where the oats are chopped for speedier cooking. Good luck next go-round. It’s absolutely delish!!!

  6. “I used a cute little 2 quart crock-pot for my 4 servings of oatmeal. Yes, 4 servings. ”

    that looks more like a 16 oz. (2 cup) rather than a 2 quart (64 0z) crock.

  7. I am also one of those people who can’t start their day without a good breakfast and while I tend to have diverse breakfast sometimes I am after recipes like this – that don’t take so much time to prepare!

  8. What a great, healthy breakfast. Never thought about doing it in the crock pot but sounds fab!

  9. Oatmeal is so good for your heart and fills you up for ages. Love that you can add your choice of nuts, seeds and fruit to make a healthy breakfast

  10. Nothing better than having breakfast ready for you when you wake up in the morning! Looks like they cook perfectly – thanks for sharing your method.

  11. I’m trying this tonight. I added nutmeg rather
    than cinnamon, and raisins and dried cherries. Anxious to try it in the morning .

  12. I TRIED this while driving truck. So much better than truck stop breakfast. But I didn’t cook it for 8 hours- 4 tops. Gives the oats mor texture than mush, something in which to sink teeth.

  13. Thanks for this simple recipe. I was looking for one that I can make for my hubbie, who is currently on a diet in which he cannot have any added sugars (even the “healthy” ones we would normally choose), so I am happy that you included your dropperful of stevia idea! (I just happen to have some vanilla, so I’ll try that. I’m also hoping to add some frozen, cut up apples, so I believe I’ll have to reduce the liquid a little. Here’s hoping this works for some yummy apple cinnamon (diet-approved) oatmeal!

  14. I just mixed all the ingredients and am going to try it for the first time in the morning. I also added a little Grape Nuts Cereal to it because I can’t seem to eat Grape-Nuts unless they are soft soft. We will see if I should leave them out after I taste it in the morning LOL However, I was wondering if I can freeze leftovers and if so for how long

    • Yes! All types of oatmeal, including steel cut oatmeal, can be frozen. I’d freeze it in freezer/microwave safe containers that you can pop in the microwave to reheat. Or, you can lift out to defrost overnight. You can also freeze in muffin tins and then pop the frozen oatmeal out and store the portions in a freezer bag. Grape Nut addition sounds fantastic!

  15. Can you use regular old-fashioned oats or does it have to be steel-cut?

  16. This is SO yummy! Husband loves it. Much better than the regular oitmeal. However, I do have two questions. 1) How do you prevent the hard-to-remove baked-on crust that forms on the sides and along the bottom of the Crock Pot during the cooking process? I try to pre-grease the CP well, but this is still a problem. I find it necessary to soak it for several hours, changing the water/soap out a couple times during the process. I also use very hot water. Finally, after all this soaking, scraping, and scrubbing, the caked-on residue finally comes off and the CP is then ready to use for the following day’s breakfast. Any tips or suggestion most welcome! 2) the recipe says 7-8 hours on low, but that means the CP cannot even be turned on til around midnight if you are aiming for an 8AM breakfast or later. What to do if you go to bed around 10 or 10:30?

    • Hi! I am familiar with this problem although it’s usually not terribly bad if I immediately scrape the sides of the slow cooker at serving time. Maybe a liner would help?! I often make it during the day and portion it out in serving bowls to refrigerate. The recipe can be doubled and made in a larger slow cooker to get several days of oatmeal. There are programmable slow cookers out there…most are larger in size though. You’ll find me setting a note by my bed to hit start at the very just before the lights go out and popping up to unplug the crock-pot first thing in the morning when I make it at night! 🙂

  17. Could I double this recipe in the 2 quart crockpot or will it overflow?

  18. I’ve made oats this way in the past but never added anything but the sc oats and water. Now I’m anxious to make it using your recipe! I have a ski weekend coming up with a group and I’m responsible for breakfast one morning for 14 people. Could I double (or triple?) this recipe in a 3.5 quart crock pot? Recommendations for making this for a crowd (away from home) would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Definitely double or triple the recipe and use a large slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker at least halfway full (and up to 2/3 full)! It’s a great way to feed a crowd because you can put out a toppings bar with fresh and/or dried options for everyone to add.

    • petrichor says

      Try using apple juice instead of water, and add all kinds of chopped dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, blue berries, apricots) and cinnamon and/or nutmeg if you cook it slow overnight, the house smells wonderful in the morning. At the table only add a little salt and a pat of butter (+ a dash of Scotch whiskey for “Scotch Porridge”). You will be addicted to this “Gourmet Oatmeal”.

  19. Can you use steel cut oaks in the overnight mason jar oatmeal recipe?

    • Yes! You’ll want to be sure that they soak in the liquid for about 10 hours…and can even go for a couple of days. They will continue to absorb liquid becoming firmer on the 2nd and 3rd day.

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