The Best Ever Oatmeal: a crock pot breakfast

I love oatmeal for breakfast. But not just any oatmeal…I love steel cut oats cooked overnight in my crock pot.

007Everybody seems to call these by a different name. I call them steel-cut oats. I’ve also heard them called Irish oats, or groats. Here’s what they look like:

006Here’s the box they came in:

005They are creamy and chewier than rolled oats, and have a rich, nutty flavour.

003My friend Maureen gave me the recipe and I played around with it a little bit. Do you want to make some? They are easy-peesy!

008Before you go to bed, get your small (I use a 6-cup) crockpot out of the cupboard and put 3 1/2Ā  cups of water and 1/2 cup milk into it. Pour in 1 cup of steel cut oats.Put on the lid. Plug it in and turn the setting to low. When you get up in the morning, give it a good stir and let it sit for 5 minutes while you make your coffee. Enjoy!

You can add chopped apple, some walnuts or raisins right into the pot, whatever you like. I like mine plain with a teaspoon (okay, 2 teaspoons) of brown sugar. Sometimes I throw a handful berries on top just before digging in. Delish!

In a nutshell for you:
3.5 cups water
.5 cup milk
1 cup steel cut oats
6 -cup crock pot, on low overnight.009If you’re back on the old Weight Watcher’s Momentum plan, they are 2 points per cup. I don’t know what they are in points plus. You’ll have to look that up for yourself as I’m not doing that program anymore.

Do you love oatmeal? What do you call them: Groats? Irish Oats? Steel-cut?


  1. I put a stick of cinnamon into the mix, and pieces of crystallized ginge, along with a generous sprinkle of ground ginger. I eat it plain with a spoonful of ginger marmalade, but I’ve also skipped the spices and just swirled raspberry jam into it. I sometimes add A bit of Red River cereal to the mix. Depends on how I feel. Oh, and if you have too much, you can freeze it in portions for reviving later.

  2. We ate this when I lived in Scotland except it was called porridge! The Scots liked to eat it with a bit of salt. As an American, I prefer brown sugar along with walnuts and craisens and some ground flaxseed.

    The cook let it set overnight in water. I tried to microwave it once….NOT the same as rolled oats! Talk about an explosion. The crockpot makes sense!

  3. My hubby eats steel cut oats every morning. I don’t because I get up and leave in half an hour and they aren’t done yet. I bought him a small crock pot a while back but he doesn’t use it. Perhaps I need to pull it out and put it on myself. šŸ™‚

  4. Yummy. I add in raisins, slivered almonds, almond milk, and a bit of brown sugar. Thanks for the recipe done in a crock pot. I’ve never done that before.

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