January 21, 2015

Overnight Slow-Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

During the week I always eat my breakfast on-the-go. With the mornings being so chilly, I’ve foregone my a.m. smoothies for a warmer, hearty option- oatmeal! Growing up I loved oatmeal…of the pre-packaged dump-in-a-bowl-with-water-super-sweet variety… but now I’m going for a grown-up healthy version using steel-cut oats. The best part? I can make it ahead the night before so it's ready to go in the morning!

Steel-cut oats are different from rolled oats in that they are whole grain oats that have been cut into small pieces on a steel mill. There’s not too much of a health difference between the two, (as long as the oats don’t have added sugars, flavors and preservatives) but I like how the steel-cut oats hold up when cooked, not so pastey, and taste.  

This recipe is so, so easy! I suggest using a crock pot liner to make cleaning even easier. This is great for on-the-go (I take mine to work and eat it at my desk) and especially great to get the kids fed during the morning rush. I usually make the banana-nut version below but feel free to experiment with your favorite fruits and nuts! Here’s a few other flavor suggestions:

Apple-Cinnamon: Use the below recipe substituting chopped apple in place of the mashed banana.
Blueberry-Almond: Use chopped almonds (or slivers) and top your bowl with fresh blueberries.
Strawberry-Banana: Use below base recipe (minus cinnamon & nutmeg) and add fresh strawberries to your bowl.

Have another amazing flavor combination? Share in the comments below!

Overnight Slow-Cooker Banana-Nut Steel-Cut Oats
1 cup Steel-Cut Oats
2 cups Water
2 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2 tbsp. Honey
1 Ripe Banana (2 if bananas are small)
½ cup Chopped Walnuts
1 tbsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Banana slices and chopped walnuts to add to top

Peel banana(s) and place in a bowl, mashing with a fork until smooth. Add all ingredients (except the banana slices and reserved walnuts for garnish) to crock pot; stir to combine. Set crock-pot on low for up 8 hours overnight. In the morning, stir to make sure everything is combined and you are ready to serve. Spoon into a bowl, top with sliced bananas and chopped walnuts… maybe an extra drizzle of honey for added sweetness… and you are good to go!

Makes about 4-5 servings, leftovers should be refrigerated. To heat, put in microwave safe bowl and nuke for about a 1:30 minutes, adding more almond milk or water to reconstitute. Eat up!


  1. To be honest, this does not look so appealing to me. But I know it's healthy and all. Thanks for sharing the instruction. I'll definitely try it out.

    1. Haha, oatmeal is one of those things that you either like or you don't. My boyfriend won't go near it! I myself won't eat it plain, it needs some added yummy-ness to kick it up :)

  2. This looks yummy. Nothing better than a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter morning. I am a little nervous to leave my crock-pot on all night. Maybe I will make it in the day, and then re-heat in the morning.

  3. Looks so good! Except the bananas.. I can't stand the taste of those things!


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