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!
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.
63 Reviews for Overnight Oatmeal
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?
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!
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.)
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.