My slow cooker gets a lot of use at my house. Canned beans or beans cooked on the stove top are no comparison to a crockpot of tender, slow-cooked beans. And a healthy breakfast can’t get much easier! I just put ingredients like whole grains and dried fruit, in the crockpot, turn it on, and in the morning we have a delicious, filling, hot breakfast waiting for us.
The slow cooker is your secret weapon in the kitchen. It’s one of the best – and least expensive – time-saving tools you can own.
If you’ve never tried steel cut oats before, you’re in for a treat!
Steel cut oats also have a richer flavor than do regular rolled oats. In fact, most people, once they’ve tried steel-cut oats, say they’ll never go back to regular rolled oats again.
What Are Steel-Cut Oats?
Steel cut oats are oat grains that have been cut into pieces rather than rolled like old-fashioned oats or quick oats. This method leaves steel-cut oats with a texture that’s chewier and heartier than rolled oats.
Because they are cut pieces rather than rolled, they hold up better in a crockpot than do rolled oats.
Where to Buy Steel-Cut Oats?
I’ve occasionally seen steel-cut oats at some major grocery stores, but I find it most convenient to buy them from Amazon.
Overnight Oats Deluxe
I cook this Overnight Oats Deluxe recipe in my little 2-quart slow cooker and it makes enough to serve 3 or 4. But no worries if you’re cooking for only one or two. Leftovers go in the frig, reheat in a pan the next morning, and you have instant breakfast!
- 3 cups non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 1 tablespoon raw, hulled sunflower seeds – optional
- 1 cup steel-cut oats (use gluten-free steel-cut oats if desired)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, scant
- 2 apples, peeled and diced
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup – optional
- Place all ingredients, except raisins, walnuts, maple syrup, and vanilla in slow cooker in order listed. Gently stir.
- Cook on low for 5 to 7 hours. (An appliance timer is useful for limiting length of cooking time. See note #3.)
- When cereal is done, remove lid and stir in remaining ingredients. Cereal will be thin, but will thicken when stirred.
2. All slow cookers cook differently. The amount of liquid given works well for most slow cookers. If your cooker tends to lose more or less liquid than most, you may need to adjust the liquid amount in the recipe.
3. If you would like your slow cooker to turn on and off automatically, you can plug it into an appliance timer.
Click here for more information about successfully cooking cereal in a slow cooker.
4. For best results, do not remove lid during cooking process.
More Overnight Cereal Recipes
Click here to learn how to make lots of different kinds of cereal in a crock pot overnight.