Here is an easy way to serve a crowd a hearty breakfast before facing the elements for a day of winter sports. You can assemble it in the slow cooker in the evening and wake up to a bowl of hot, nourishing oatmeal. The slow cooker eliminates the need for constant stirring and ensures an exceptionally creamy consistency. It is important to use steel-cut oats; old-fashioned oats become too soft during slow-cooking. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine water, oats, dried cranberries, dried apricots and salt in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to low. Put the lid on and cook until the oats are tender and the porridge is creamy, 7 to 8 hours.

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  • Stovetop Variation

  • Halve the above recipe to accommodate the size of most double boilers: Combine 4 cups water, 1 cup steel-cut oats, 3 tablespoons dried cranberries, 3 tablespoons dried apricots and 1/8 teaspoon salt in the top of a double boiler. Cover and cook over boiling water for about 1 1/2 hours, checking the water level in the bottom of the double boiler from time to time.

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Ingredient Note: Steel-cut oats, sometimes labeled “Irish oatmeal,” look like small pebbles. They are toasted oat groats--the oat kernel that has been removed from the husk--that have been cut in 2 or 3 pieces. Do not substitute regular rolled oats, which have a shorter cooking time, in the slow-cooker oatmeal recipe.

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

188 calories; 3 g total fat; 80 mg sodium. 197 mg potassium; 34.2 g carbohydrates; 8.8 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 6.1 g protein; 225 IU vitamin a iu; 30 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 2 mg magnesium;

Reviews (65)

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65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 1 stars
01/29/2019
Bland glue. 10 year old said it best: "It's like eating chewy hot water." What a waste. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2017
I tried this recipe out last night. Put it in my slow-cooker and woke up to a steaming bowl of yummy oatmeal. The apricot-cranberry combo is nice but next time I might swap the apricots for another fruit. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2015
To avoid clean-up place oats and water in glass bowl or large glass 2 cup measuring cup. (You will probably have to half the recipe). Place in slow cooker and surround with a water bath to top of crockpot. Cover with lid and cook on low. We have found that 3 cups water and 3/4 cups oatmeal serves 4. We make this every night and awake to a delicious hot breakfast. After serving The glass bowl goes right into the dishwasher. For just two or three us a 2 cup glass measuring cup 1.5 water with 3/8 c. oats or 2 cups water with 1/2 cup oats. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/08/2014
A Foul Nasty Mess First even on low setting this was done in four hours. I can't recommend making this ahead of time for meals all week. What comes out of the refrigerator is a disgusting congealed blob that tastes like glue. There was little hint of the fruit. I managed to eat an entire serving the first day but just could force it down on the second day. The rest went down the disposal. Pros: Easy to prepare Cons: Flavorless Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2014
I agree with another comment about adding vanilla and cinnamon. I put the extras into individual containers I could heat at work if running late or heat quickly in the morning. The extras lasted over a week when kept in the refrigerator. Not sure how it would do freezing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2013
Super-easy delicious slow cooker oatmeal recipe This is a great easy way to make steel-cut oats. Put it in the slow cooker the night before and wake up to a hot healthy breakfast. MAKE SURE YOU SET YOUR SLOW COOKER TO LOW. I missed that part of the directions and cooked it on high for an hour before I realized my mistake. It turned out fine but only took 5 hours total because of the error. That may be why some people have experienced burning. I would suggest added some cinnamon. This recipe makes a lot but you can save the leftovers and re-heat. Pros: Easy yummy healthy Cons: Makes a lot Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/17/2013
how do i freeze and reheat? could i just use some granny smith apples (fresh) cut up with some cinnamon brown sugar raw honey and raisins if i have them? would that work? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2013
Pumpkin oatmeal I add a can of canned pumpkins to my slowcooker steel cut oatmeal recipe. I also sprinkle in some pumpkin pie spice. It turns out delicious!! If I don't have pumpkins I add chopped apples and some vanilla to the recipe. Both ideas turn out great. Pros: Delicious Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2013
Perfect Oatmeal in 4 hours I agree with other reviewers that 8hrs will overcook/burn the oatmeal. Instead it usually only takes about 4 hrs. I don't like traditional oatmeal (never have - it's too mushy) but these steel cut oats are great. I normally get a nice chewy consistency. I typically add flaxseed meal and a touch of syrup when I heat a bowl up....delicious! Pros: simple easy healthy eat for a week Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2013
Wonderful brunch item Wonderful recipe - our family doesn't like appricots so we modified it to include 1/3 cup of each of the following dried fruits - cranberries tart cherries peaches and apples then added slivered almonds for a nutty crunch. All the ingredients fit in a large canning jar allowing me to give a recipe's worth as a Christmas gift very similar to the cookie mixes in the jar. The dried fruit made it fun to layer the colors so it was festive. Pros: Easy to prepare customizable (variety of dried fruit) very tasty healthy Cons: Can be hard to clean-up so use a slow cooker liner Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2012
owernight oats I had too much oatmeal the last time I cooked this also. I pulled out some 2 cup containers and tried freezing (extra space is for heating in the microwave the next day.) Was just fine. I sit one in the fridge at night micro it in the morning adding almond milk and banana. Was just fine. Also added some leftover Quinoa. Really good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2012
Great but not Awesome! I am a confirmed rolled oats oatmeal hater. It has to do with the slime factor. But TEEL CUT - ah that's another story! I don't add any sweetener salt or cinnamon to the oatmeal just raisins and before eating a T. of chopped walnuts and sometimes maple syrup. The best recipe I have calls for toasting 1 cup of steel cut oats in a T. butter for a few minutes then adding the boiling water NO STIRRING and raisins and put in the crock pot for 5-6 hours or gently cook at a bubble for 25 minutes on the stovetop then add 3/4 c. milk/buttermilk combo and cook an additional 10 minutes. I don't know if it's the butter or the not stirring but there is NO slime factor at all...just a nice chewiness...it si snowing here today so I think I'll make some for supper RIGHT NOW! Pros: not slimy no waiting for it to cook for 35 minutes on the stove top. Cons: slow cooker is always inferior to the stove top Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2012
I made a 1/2 recipe in an old Rival Crock-pot model 2130. It came out perfect. It was creamy with a hint of chewiness. The flavor was bland I could hardly taste the fruit. However one of the things I like about oatmeal is its blandness. I started it at 10:30 PM and turned it off at 8:30 AM. I started out with cold water and cooked it on Low. I used Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats. When I emptied it there was a hint of pale brown crust around the lower sides but it came off easily. It cleaned with soap and water and a plastic scouring sponge. Next time I will use raisins and offer brown sugar or maple syrup when I serve it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2012
Can't wait to try this one!! I have used steel cut oats in baking recipes but have never eaten it for breakfast. I've been looking for a tasty way to cook this for breakfast without having the waiting time in the mornings so this recipe seems to fill that need for me!! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/20/2012
Not for us I have never used this type of oats before so maybe that was it but we didn't like it at all. We threw it away and ate cereal. disappointed:-( Pros: easy Cons: didn't taste very good. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/19/2012
Soft and chewy This came out great. I listened to others reviews and watched it carefully stirring it occasionally. Notes: Took 5 hours not 8. Needs more salt I ended up with a tablespoon but taste it. Very bland as is added nutmeg cinnamon ginger allspice vanilla walnuts dates (didn't have cranberries) and apricots before cooking and after cooked ones had no flavor left. HOWEVER: I never made oatmeal in a slow cooker before and I loved it. Pros: easy Cons: needs more flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2012
I have read the previous comments about the oatmeal burning overnight. You do not have to cook it overnight just because it is a crockpot. Please try cooking it on a weekend during the day and put the remainder in the fridge for the upcoming week. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2012
Easy and good! I have made this twice now and both batches turned out perfect. I did adjust the cook time to 3 hours since I know my slow cooker gets too hot and then it sits on keep warm for about 5 more hours. Second batch I left out the dried fruit and topped bowls with fresh fruit instead liked much better. Pros: cooks while you sleep wake up to warm breakfast! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2012
Good Recipe Needs Help Add a tablespoon of crunchy style peanut butter per serving. Don't forget the cinnamon Pros: Easy & Tasteful Cons: Not enough protein Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2012
week's supply of oatmeal This is a great method for serving special oatmeal for a crowd. For myself I put 1 cup steel cut oats with 4 cups water in a 3qt. casserole cover and put in an oven heated to 400 degrees - turn off the oven and leave overnight - next morning you've got a week's worth of oatmeal. I put it in a covered container and refrigerate for a week. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2012
Yummy Perfection every morning! We make this everyday. For two of us that means 11/2 cups of water with 3/8 cups of steel cut oats placed in a 2 cup Pyrex liquid measuring cup. (or 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of oats if you like large portions) Pyrex cup is then placed in crockpot which is then filled with water to near the top of the outside of the measuring cup. Turn the crock pot on low and plug it in. The amount of time - anywhere from 6 to 10 hours - doesn't seem to affect the consistency of the oatsmeal. In the morning wonderful warm tasty oatmeal. I add the fruit and cinnamon. I use an old inexpensive Rival crockpot. the clean-up is minimal - rinse out the pyrex measuring cup and you are ready for the next day. Pros: Easy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2012
Worked very well I just got my first slow cooker (4 quart) and this was the first recipe I tried. Because I read all of the 43 reviews I must add my two cents now. I realized that anything could happe overnight and warned my husband that the oats might not be edible. At first I halved the recipe but noticed it did not fill up my slow cooker to at least half as recommended. So then used 3/4 of the amount instead. I set it for 7 hours and then it was on warm for at least 2-3 hours. It worked perfectly. The oats are chewy nothing burned to the crock - everything worked as planned. I added dried cranberries two fresh bananas and some fresh pineapple a cinnamon stick and some cardamon. Normally I make oat groats - I steam them and then add fruit nuts and some form of milk (almond soy) and that works out great. I think even with this recipes it would work out better to add the fresh fruit at the end. Next time I will try making slow cooked oat groats (those are the very best - they need be be soaked first). I am sure that the people that had problems either used the wrong kind of oats or their slow cooker cooked too hot. My new one is a Calphalon 4 quart - so far so good. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2012
Try using apple juice instead of water If you substitite apple juice for one-half the water it enhnces the flavor. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/09/2012
One more quick way to enjoy steel-cut oatmeal You can simply combine water and steel-cut oats in a saucepan on the stovetop and let soak overnight. The next morning cook for about half the time or less than you would normally cook steel-cut oats because they've been soaked. Pros: quicker than cooking morning-of Cons: a little fussy for oatmeal Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/15/2011
Hearty but a little bland I made this just as described but added apples and cinnamon (did not have any burning issues or anything even with 8h on low in the crockpot). I added honey when I was actually eating it and it completely elevated this dish! I suggest adding a little sweet when cooking - maybe some sugar substitute or brown sugar? Pros: easy! Cons: a little bland Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2011
Easy hearty and yummy My husband and I enjoyed this oatmeal this morning. I made it in a 5 quart Crockpot on low for 4.5 hours and on warm for the rest of the time (about 9.5 hours total). It turned out great creamy and a little chewy. We ate it with cinnamon maple syrup and a splash of almond milk and now we have breakfast for the rest of the week. I will make it again. Pros: Easy quick healthy cheap Cons: Clean up Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Easy and delicious! I would award 5 stars except for the fact that the dried fruits lost their flavor during the overnight cooking. Hereafter for better flavor I'll add fresh or hydrated dried fruits when I serve the oatmeal in the morning. I liked the texture and taste of the oatmeal. However the recipe made enough to feed two people every day for a week! It does reheat nicely in the microwave though. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
It's a great and healthy recipe. The creamy consistency is delicious. I actually bake it in the oven overnight in a heavy pan with a fitted lid at 225 for 7 to 8hrs. I also add 2 fresh unpeeled apples cut in pieces before putting the dish in the oven for a different apple sauce version. You can use only milk instead of 1/2 water and 1/2 milk. Especially good if you use skim or 1% milk. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
By 4 hours into the night we could smell the oatmeal beginning to burn. After another hour it was inedible and completely stuck to the crock...will search for another recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I have been making this for years using apple juice in place of the water. I have never cooked fruit in the oats just added on top with nuts and either a little maple syrup or agave nectar mixed in. I make a full recipe and store in a good container in the fridge for a week makes for a quick easy breakfast. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
for the person whose oatmeal burned after 4 hours - either you had the slow cooker on high or your cooker is defective. I've made steel cuts oatmeal this way for years with no problem only delicious goodness. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I have a brand new crock pot and it has been working fine for everything else. I put it on low 8 hours (it is a new one that actually has time settings and goes to warm when it is done with that time). I got up this morning after only 7 hours 30 min and it is completely burned and glued to the sides of the pot. I'll be lucky if my brand new crock pot isn't ruined. I just got it for Christmas and I'm going to be extremely upset if it is already destroyed by some crappy recipe I found online. Soak rinse repeat.... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I set my crock pot for 7 hours and then it automatically goes to "warm" setting. I awoke after about 8 hours total time and while it wasn't exactly burned the oatmeal was indeed stuck to the sides of the pot. If I tried to scrape it the oatmeal was crunchy and a bit charred. Then the taste and texture of the oatmeal wasn't much better than just cooking a packet of quick oats in the microwave. I subbed skim milk for half of the water. Not worth the effort in my opinion. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
3 stars because of the crockpot and not the recipe which is great. I have used some variation for many years. However I recently purchased a new crockpot--capacity 1 1/2 quarts. To my surprise I experienced sticking and overcooked oatmeal. To clean the pot I actually had to use brute force after soaking it for some time in water (I use baking soda as the abrasive--and I almost used rock salt as well). This was not my previous experience. The old crockpot was at most 1 quart in size and had only one setting-of unknown temperature. It was on only when plugged in. There was no sticking or major cleanup needed unless I used too little water. I may retrieve the old crock pot from the garage despite the inconvenience of having to plug it in and one setting. It may be that the manufacturer has changed the specifications in the coating-- sticking. (I have sprayed with Pam and even coated the inside with butter but these had no effect on the sticking problem.) With the new crockpot I should probably reduce the overall cooking time by at least 2 hours--if I remember to turn the crockpot at a later time. One final note I would never spend an hour and a half cooking oatmeal over a double boiler. I have followed the package directions of 30 minutes on top of the stove. That procedure does require more attention to stirring compared with none with a crock pot. I hope we can get some feedback and recommendations from the person who tested the recipe before givin Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I was not happy with this recipe. When I came down this morning eagerly expecting a yummy breakfast I found a pot of gloppy oatmeal that had stuck to the bottom and a little on the sides of the crockpot. I have used this crockpot for many things and it works perfectly...I followed the directions exactly but did not end up with what I imagined I would. We did salvage enough oatmeal to serve my family (after pulling out large crusty sections) but even that wasn't as tasty as I was imagining it would be. I would not use this recipe again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I am very glad I read the reviews and decided to cook this during the day and when I was home. I halved this recipe and cooked in a 3 qt. crock that was brand spankin new. Didn't add the fruit. This was done at 5 hr. on low. A crusty golden brown crust formed on the sides and bottom of the pot...Not to bad to clean up since I caught it early. I just put the oatmeal in the fridge and reheat. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made this exactly as the recipe directed. I didn't get up on time so mine actually cooked for 9 hours and was not burnt or overcooked at all. I haven't tasted it as of yet so the stars are for ease of preparation. Thanks for a great breakfast! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We cooked this recipe in a crock-pot brand slow cooker for close to 9 hours and it was lovely and wonderful--I love how the steel cut oats feel like tapioca pudding when you eat them! I am suspicious that other people are using the wrong kind of oats (they actually sell an "instant" steel cut oat variety in the exact same package as the regular steel cut--maybe you grabbed that by accident?). I will definitely make this again. (also note: we transferred all the oatmeal to a serving dish and put soapy hot water in the crock pot before we sat down to eat this am because I was worried about the comments here--cleaning took me 45 seconds.) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I've tried making oatmeal with my mini crockpot and my bigger one. It just doesn't work overnight. It ends up being so mushy even a baby wouldn't want to eat it. If you like your oatmeal as mushy as mashed potatoes go ahead. It doesn't matter what kind of oatmeal you use either. While your oatmeal is cooking in the morning get dressed or workout steel cut oats take 15-20 mins you control it to your liking. By the time you're done so is the oatmeal and you don't have to waste time cleaning and scrubbing the heck out of your crockpot (which you shouldn't soak in water because it will get weak and crack over time). This is a good way to get creative in the morning and get fibre protein fruit and energy!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made it exactly as the recipe said to and ended up tossing it the next morning. I love slow-cooking steel cut oats but it had a thick crusted layer on top and was burnt on the sides and bottom. I only get 6 or 7 hours sleep at night so it wasn't as if I left it for 8 to 10 hours like it says in the directions and I had it on low so there was no reason why that should have happened. I will stick with stove top from now on! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
UPDATE to earlier comments. I UPDATE to earlier comments. I posted an earlier lengthy comment about my new crock pot. Because of an oversite I conducted an unexpected experiment; I didn't turn on the crock pot until very late and as a result the oatmeal cooked about 4 hours. Everything was perfect! There was no sticking so cleanup was easy. It may be that for Rival (my brand) the new low temperature is higher than with my old crock pot which I may still resurrect from the garage. It's great that some recent posters had unfailingly positive experiences. As for me I don't expect that my new crock pot will ever have those results. However I may experiment with using more water over long cooking times. And yes I use steelcut oats. (I really don't want to go back to the old crock pot.) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Those of you who burned the oatmeal weren't using the "Smart -Pot" crockpot were you? I have three crockpots and have all but retired the not-so- Smart-Pot because it burned everything I ever tried in it. I haven't tried this recipe in my average-intelligence crock pot but plan to do so and will update. I do plan on seeking out non-instant steel cut oats to be safe. I gave it three stars because I was required to rate it in order to comment... Hoping not to skew the results that way. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Great quick and most of all'nutritious'recipe. I prepare it all the time. I do have a question: Why do we have to add salt? What's the benefit? Albert Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
If cleaning the crockpot is the issue and not the oatmeal use crockpot liners. They are fantastic!! No cleanup. Cindy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
A simple fix for anyone waking up to burned or too mushy oatmeal: buy a 5 appliance timer from Target (or some other store). Even on LOW my crock pot must also cook at too high a temperature as I also woke up to burned and mushy oatmeal the first time I tried this recipe. 8 hours is just too long for such crock pots. I bought an appliance timer (or use the timer you use for your christmas lights! any will work) and set the timer so that the oatmeal would cook for 4 hours and it came out perfect the next morning! After optimizing the time 4.5 hours seems to be even better but anywhere from 4-5 hours will work. I promise you this will work no need to go out and buy a new crock pot! I wake up to delicious oatmeal every morning now! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I should have read the comments before trying this. I too woke up to a layer of burned oats along the inside walls of my crockpot. Such a disappointment as I was very excited about waking up to a delicious breakfast! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I have not tried using the crockpot but I have been using a recipe I got off a box of steel-cut oats for a long time. I bring 4 cups water (no salt) to a boil add 1 cup steel-cut oats remove from heat stir cover. I stir again before I go to bed let sit overnight. In the morning I put the amount of oatmeal I want in a bowl add nonfat milk fresh blueberries or whatever fruit I want and fresh ground flax seed. I refrigerate the rest to have another day. The nonstick pan is breeze to clean. I rated 3 stars only because of readers comments about using crockpots as steel-cut oats are the best. Anonymous Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I have been fixing steel cut oats in a small Chefmate(1.5 qt.)crockpot for several years now. We have a timer set to come on at 3 am and it's ready to eat by 7am. Our ratio is 2 cups water to 1/2 cup of oats....on warm which is the lowest setting on ours. To clean up I just put hot soapy water in to soak the removable crockpot insert and it's a breeze. We add bananas walnuts fresh berries if we have them ground flax seed and a little honey to the cooked oatmeal. We haven't tried the dried cranberries or apricots but that sounds tasty too. I don't see the need for the salt. My husband's cholesterol has dropped 60 points! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Best oatmeal recipe ever! I like my oatmeal so thick that a spoon will stand up in it no milk no sugar just some fresh fruit. I purchase my steel cut oats at a local Mennonite store and pay only 69 cents per pound in bulk a lot cheaper that the local grocery store. Last Christmas I gave the oats dried fruit and the recipe as gifts which were raved about. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I love this recipe super easy and delicious! I didn't have a ton of issues I think it cooked for 7 hours or something no big deal. I am thinking about adding some vanilla soymilk though just a dash of flavor. For now I just add some before I reheat the oatmeal (made it for the week's breakfasts). Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I love oatmeal but I must say this was the worst. I used apricots & dried cherries I don't know if it was the combo of fruit but it tasted like tin. Absolutely awful. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I make this every day. I used to do it in a mini slow cooker with a timer putting it on for an hour when I went to bed then 3 hours before breakfast. Now I use the timer on the oven and cook it for 2 1/4 hours at 250 degrees. It's the perfect breakfast. Much cheaper than prepared cereals full of fibre healthy filling and delicious. I often add fruit or nuts dried cranberries etc. but after experimenting prefer to add them after it's cooked or they go soggy. Apples would probably be OK cooked in. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This is a great idea for a healthy warm ready to eat breakfast on a cold winter morning. I live alone and could not possibly consume more than one serving. I will try to refrigerate the rest and reheat on following mornings; or perhaps for an evening snack. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I don't have (and don't want) a crock pot. I make steel cut oats in a Fagor pressure cooker and it takes only 7 minutes. I added the fruit after it was cooked along with some Stevia to sweeten it up a bit. I question what they're telling us the calories in a serving are. A cup of cooked steel cut oats is 307 calories so I don't know where they came up with such a low figure. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
After reading the comments we elected to use our 1.5 qt crockpot on low and used an appliance timer. 4 cups water to 1 cup steel cut oats and it was ready to eat in 4.5 hours. Added a bit of cinnamon brown suga and raisins for individual tastes. This is definitely a recipe to keep! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
We love trying new recipes but did not love this one! This family will stick with traditional oatmeal I guess. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I made this in my medium crockpot (I have three sizes-small medium & large) halving the recipe. I usually cook it on a Sunday afternoon for about 4 hours or so. It was delicious! With this my husband & I have breakfast for almost a week (we both go to work really early so we eat breakfast at work). The only way I will eat oatmeal anymore. I absolutely hate the instant stuff - so full of sugars and names that cannot be pronounced. This is the real deal. I use a variety of dried fruits from my local natural food store. Dates are excellent too (the kind that have been dusted in flour). Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I love this oatmeal! I use Irish Steel Cut Oats and before serving I like to add a little Honey Greek Yogurt on top and mix in flax meal. A great energizing breakfast for those winter months. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
To everyone who is trying this recipe for the first time and you want to avoid waking up to burnt or crusty oatmeal - please cook it in the daytime first so that you can keep an eye on it. Then you will know how long it takes to cook in your slow cooker and whether you need to make adjustments to it or not. You might need to experiment with it more than once to get it just right. I agree with the person who commented on 04/06/2010 @ 1:55pm that 8 hours is too long and suggested that anywhere from 4-5 hours will work. I have a programmable Hamilton Beach that switches to the warm setting when it is done cooking. I tried it yesterday during the day. I had set the timer for 8 hours on low but I checked it every 2 hours. By the 6th hour the oatmeal was crusty around the sides. So I just scraped that down and mixed it in set the slow cooker on warm and checked it half an hour later and it was fine. Next time I will set it for 4 hours on low and since my slow cooker switches to the warm setting after cooking is done I will see how it turns out after a few hours being on the warm setting. I will have to experiment with that so I can figure out what is the best time to turn my slow cooker on at night. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I made this exactly as the recipe calls for but I added a bit of vanilla and some cinnamon. It was great but my 4 year old and 22 month old didn't like it. It made way too much for just me to eat (because my husband wouldn't try it! lol) so I put it in my blender and added some water and blended it up for my 7 month old. He loves it and I love it as a baby food because it's got a good amount of fiber in it as opposed to the rice cereal baby food and there's nothing better than homemade food for babies too! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Love this oatmeal! I love this oatmeal. I buy large bags of mixed dried fruit and dried cranberries. I use 1 cup of oatmeal to 4 cups of water and add some of the chopped up fruit and cranberries (about 1/3 cup per the recipe). The cranberries give the oatmeal some sweetness. I use a 4 quart crockpot and it takes only about 3 hours. Glad I tried it during the day first. So I cook this in the evening before going to bed. I poor into a container and slice off 1/4 of the oatmeal heat and add skim milk. It's perfect. Thanks for the great recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Eureka I've found it! I've never been a apricot fan while they're one of my husband's favorites. Followed the advise of another commentor and added cinnamon little vanilla...then used honey instead of any other sweetner. All additions gave it another level of eureka I've found the best taste..! Thing is you can continue to alter the tastes by simply changing the spice changing the fruits..all so easy. Love how easy it is to reheat...better than the instant with less of all the junk they put in those little packets. Try it...you'll like it! Pros: It's creamy thick and delicious; don't have to watch it cook; easy to change up with added spice or different fruit Cons: Haven't found any negatives yet Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Yum! This oatmeal was easy and quick. With a dash of brown sugar it definitely was a breakfast treat. As for the time DO watch your crockpot. I have a Rival crockpot and it took about 5 hrs to cook not 8 so watch it! Pros: Easy and Quick Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Even better... I've made this recipe except I used 2 apples peeled and chopped instead of the dried fruit (added fiber) 1/4 c. brown sugar substitue (sweeter diabetes friendly) 1/2 c. raisins 1 tsp. cinnamon and I added flaxseed. I would spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and cut the cooking time down to about 6 hours. Some of the oatmeal stuck to the sides but I just mixed it in and you couldn't tell. You can either cut the recipe in half or seperate it into individual servings and freeze them then you can heat them up in the microwave for an easy breakfast! Yum!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great all week long I'm the only one at my house who eats oatmeal for breakfast. I hate washing the pan though so this recipe is a big help as clean-up is easier. I make it on the weekend refrigerate the extra and reheat a serving each morning. No muss no fuss! I can even take it to work to reheat if I'm running late. Pros: Easy delicious Cons: None Read More