Recipe: Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

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Steel Cut Oatmeal: the perfect food and a superfood all rolled up in one.

Oatmeal in slow cooker.
Oatmeal in the slow cooker.

This recipe is a republication from 2019-02-12: Recipe: Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats. I have also written several articles on the health benefits of oatmeal. I think you would enjoy the article: Weight loss tip: Eat Overnight Oatmeal or Weight Loss Tip: Eat Oatmeal. Heck, you may even like the answer to the dilemma:Oatmeal: Weight Loss Helper or Cause of Weight Gain.

Oatmeal is a “superfood.”  Although superfood is a made-up marketing term and can be misleading, it is absolutely the proper term for oatmeal.  Oatmeal is very filling when eaten, high in fiber (with both soluble and insoluble),  rich in nutrients (including iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, thiamin, selenium, and zinc), a unique antioxidant known as avenanthramide that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the list goes on and on.

Oats can be purchased in several different forms: groats, steel-cut, rolled, Scottish, and oat bran.  Several of these varieties come in various forms also with quick-cooking, 1 or 3 minutes, extra thick, and old-fashioned.  It is a lot to take in when trying to decide which is the right one for you.  Just check the nutrition label and compare it.  Be certain to pay particular attention to serving size.  The various forms of oats really do have different serving sizes.

Our family’s favorite is steel-cut oats.  The problem is they take 10-20 minutes to cook and you have to watch them closely so that they do not scorch or overflow the pot.  This can be an issue on busy mornings when you don’t have time to babysit them on the stove.  After many internet searches and reading many slow cooker oatmeal recipes, we decided to give it a try.

Many of the recipes are similar.  The key to remember is 4 parts liquid to 1 part steel cut oats.  These numbers will change for quick-cooking steel-cut oats.  The liquid used is up to you – water, milk, or milk substitute – as long as it fits the 4:1 ratio.  The recipe we used called for 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  We thought that the slow cooking intensified the salt flavor so we are giving a range for salt in the recipe.

As with any cooking appliance, slow cookers vary.  We used a 4-quart cooker that tends to cook quickly.  It is recommended that the first time you try this recipe you do it when you can check on its progress.  Our steel-cut oats were done to our liking (creamy) in just 4 hours.

AuthorChuckH
DifficultyBeginner

Oatmeal in slow cooker.

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time2 hrsTotal Time2 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients:

 6 cups water
 2 cups steel cut oats
 salt
 brown sugar and cinnamonoptional

Directions:

1

Spray interior of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

2

Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir.

3

Cook for 3-5 hours on low or until the desired texture is achieved.

4

Portion out and Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 150Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.5g6%
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 0mg
Potassium 140mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 27g9%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g10%

Calcium 2%
Iron 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Notes:
  1. A simple way to make steel cut oats.  
  2. A single cup of uncooked steel-cut oats will make 4 servings each with 5 grams of fiber.
  3. If you want more protein, use 4 cuts of fair life milk in place of the water. It would add 13 grams of protein and 80 calories per serving.
  4. If you need more flavor, add cinnamon and brown sugar, top of your choice such as fruit, or add some yogurt.  

Ingredients

 6 cups water
 2 cups steel cut oats
 salt
 brown sugar and cinnamonoptional

Directions

1

Spray interior of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

2

Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir.

3

Cook for 3-5 hours on low or until the desired texture is achieved.

4

Portion out and Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
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About the Author

ChuckH
I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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