Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats are the perfect way to start your morning. Just set them up in the slow cooker the night before, and you’ll have a deliciously healthy breakfast for the whole family when you wake up!
Start your day off right with a nutritious breakfast of Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats. It’s enough to feed a whole family, and the easiest way to get a hot breakfast on the table in the morning. Just set it at night, and wake up to a home cooked meal! I like to set out a few bowls of fresh fruit, some natural sugars like honey or maple syrup, or even some peanut or almond butter. It’s also perfect for when you have guests over and don’t want to spend all morning in the kitchen!
I’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To be honest, I never really believed it. Until I started treating my body better, and I realized just how much it responds to the right kind of fuel. Now that I’ve been working out and getting proper nutrition, I feel really hungry in the morning. Because my body is telling me that it’s ready to start the new day, and it needs something healthy and nutritious to get going. And that’s why I love recipes like Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats.
You can set them at night in the slow cooker, set your alarm for 8 hours later, and you have a hot breakfast ready to feed your whole family. It’s maximum nutrition, with minimal effort. And absolutely perfect when you have a lot of mouths to feed on a busy schedule.
If you’re a lover of casseroles though, you may want to check out my Amish Baked Oatmeal dish. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser!
Just in case you’re wondering what the difference is between steel cut oats, rolled oats, and instants oats, the answer is that it’s all about the processing. When the oat is a whole unprocessed grain, the “steel cut” is simply that the grain is cut into pieces instead of flattened.
The Kitchn wrote a really great article about the difference between the oats here. But if you’re gluten free, the most important part is always to buy a certified gluten free brand of oats, to avoid any cross contamination.
The biggest thing I love about slow cooker steel cut oats is how absolutely creamy they come out. I added 1 cup of heavy cream in this recipe, and it’s just enough to give you that amazingly melt-in-your-mouth texture while not adding a billion calories to your day. If you’re not good with dairy though, you can feel free to replace this with water or coconut milk. Totally your call! It will still be good, I promise.
This dish is really all about the toppings, anyway.
Let’s talk toppings here for a minute. Sure, you can eat your slow cooker steel cut oats just by themselves. If that’s your thing.
But this meal is really a golden opportunity to get creative with your food. And I have a few suggestions, just to get you started.
What toppings do you love on your slow cooker steel cut oats?
- My personal favorite, the banana and peanut butter combination. I fill up my bowl with oats, and top with one cut up banana and two tablespoons of peanut butter. You can even add some jelly in here, for a PB&J oats combo.
- Two tablespoons of maple syrup, and two of brown sugar. Maybe it’s because you’re basically adding sugar on top of sugar, but this is just too good of a combination to give up.
- Strawberries, and a tablespoon or two of honey. You get your serving of fruit in there in the most natural way possible. It’s a win-win!
What’s your favorite oatmeal topping? Because I’m taking peanut butter for the win!
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats are the perfect way to start your morning. Just set them up in the slow cooker the night before, and you'll have a deliciously healthy breakfast for the whole family when you wake up!
- 2 cups gluten free steel cut oats
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 7 cups water
- Optional Toppings - Whatever you'd like!
Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir to combine.
Cook on HIGH 4 hours, or LOW 8 hours. Stir and add your favorite toppings before serving.
Get creative with toppings here! I like to add banana and peanut butter, or maple syrup and brown sugar, or even strawberries and honey.