Overnight Crockpot Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Over a year ago, I posted a brief explanation (after forcing readers to suffer through the details of the Valentine’s Day storm that snowed us in), but I’ve had so many conversations since then about the profound culinary pleasure of crockpot steelcut oatmeal that I felt like posting a more involved and detailed set of instructions.

I’ve tried to explain to friends and family how simple it is to cook steel cut oatmeal in a crockpot overnight, but evidently it’s hard for some people to visualize. So with the magic of digital photography, I have attempted to capture, step-by-step, the simplicity of this delicious breakfast option.

With only a few seconds of preparation the night before, you can awaken to steamy, creamy, perfectly prepared steelcut oatmeal. It’s like you’re suddenly transported to a cozy bed-and-breakfast where the hostess bustled around in the kitchen early in the morning in order to serve you this healthy breakfast treat at the moment you’re ready.

Steel cut oats are chewy and delicious, but they take a long time to cook on the stovetop—30 minutes! Instead of preparing them first thing in the morning, this overnight method basically turns your crockpot into a double-boiler; or, to sound like a more frou-frou B&B hostess, a bain-marie.

And that, my friends, is the the beauty of this method: by using your crock as a double-boiler, the oats don’t get all crusty and burnt on the sides of the crockpot, as they do when you cook the oats in the crock itself. Put the oats in their own bowl, and there’s no waste, no lost oats. No soaking and scrubbing afterwards.

Read on…

You can buy the well-known McCANN’S Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, 28-Ounce Tins (Pack of 4), or you can buy a cheaper version. This is what we buy at Trader Joe’s:

My goodness. How blurry. So much for digital magic. I’ve got to take a photography class or something.

Okay, the label reads: “Country Choice Organic Irish Style Oats:  Steel Cut.” Be careful not to buy the quick-cooking kind.


Stick with the recommended measurements—the back of my can says 4 cups of water to 1 cup of oats will result in 4 servings [Updated: I have since used less liquid for a less creamy oatmeal; experiment to achieve the consistency you prefer--you could even substitute some milk for the water].


Find a bowl that:

1) Holds four cups of liquid

2) Fits inside your crockpot with the lid on.

3) Is oven-safe (this is not necessary, but may reduce the possibility of the bowl cracking—I’ve never had this happen, but people have expressed some concern)

When I first tried this, I used an older crockpot and was able to fit a fairly small, round, oven-safe white Pyrex bowl inside—the kind you might use to serve a side dish at dinner.

This new wider, deeper crockpot has allowed for a bigger and different-shaped inner bowl for the oats, and I found a pretty green-and-yellow one that works well.

By the way, it’s not a big deal, but the exterior of your oats bowl, because it will be sitting in water, might get a little white ring around it from the water evaporating, especially if you have hard water. It’s always come off in the dishwasher for me, but I wanted to mention it, so that you have no surprises.

[Updated 1-04-10: Several readers have recommended putting wads of foil under the oats bowl to lift it up a bit from the main crock—some people have reported that the main crock could crack if water isn't between the two bowls.

Updated 8-23-11: Now I always use foil under the inner bowl and highly recommend that you do so, as well, to protect the main crock from cracking.

Updated 4-6-12: Reader recommendation is to use canning rings to lift inner bowl from direct contact with main crock; Updated 3-21-13: Reader warns against canning rings for fear of rust stains; he recommends 7"-square silicon trivet*]

Measure out one cup of oats. Pour that into the inner bowl. Add the four cups of water. Stir. Add a dash of salt, if you like (it’s not at all necessary).

Fill the crock with water to a little more than halfway. Set the inner bowl in the crock and see how high the water rises with the displacement. Add water in the crock if necessary—I usually try to match it so that the water reaches about the same height on the outside of the oats bowl as the cooking water inside, but I don’t think it matters that much.

Place the lid on your crockpot.

Set on low.*

Go to bed.


When you awaken the next morning, your oats should have cooked to perfection overnight in the steamy bath.

Do you see how hard I’ve been working this new crockpot? The handle broke off. So much of my life is about brokenness…often literally.


I took this picture to try to show the water, because some people really can’t picture the whole double-boiler concept. But here it is, friends—the crockpot as bain-marie.

I snapped the above picture after The Belgian Wonder had already scooped out his morning serving.

You can add all your favorite goodies the night before and let them cook along with your oats—raisins, nuts, etc.—but the kids like it plain. So we add our goodies as we serve it up.

I keep a bag of frozen blueberries on hand, thawing a few of them in the microwave as needed, so that they don’t cool my oats down too much. One morning, as I pulled them out of the microwave, they made pretty, artsy swirls on the side of the bowl. So I tried to snap a little picture of them:


It doesn’t do them justice. They were so pretty, I almost hated to add the oats.


But those oats are so good, I did it anyway. Blueberries and chewy, steelcut oats in the morning?

Maybe I should open a B&B?

Or maybe, now that you see how easy this is, you can.

]Serve with some fresh fruit, or a soft-boiled egg, whole wheat toast, or, if you just want to wow your guests, set out a Trader Joe’s chocolate croissant to rise overnight and bake while you’re in the shower.


It’ll negate all the health benefits of the oatmeal, but believe me, your B&B guests will never want to leave!

* A reader took time to report that after using canning rings, he discovered rust particles in the cooking water and rust stains in the bottom of the crock. He soaked the crock with vinegar water to eliminate the stains and used a 7″-square silicon trivet—available at his local super-store for $4.99—between the crock and the bowl to provide a cushion and allow water contact. To cook the oats with this bain-marie method, he also recommended using the “serve” setting (he has an older Rival 5060 6-qt Crock-Pot w/rotary switch).

Trouble finding steel cut oats?

Consider investing in this dreamy slow cooker with lid-latches to seal shut when traveling (no more sloshes!):

Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker 

text and photos © 2008 Ann Kroeker

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  • Comments

    1. We love steel cut oatmeal. I will try this soon!

    2. I wish I would have started this when my kids were young. Only one out of four (my kids, not the world) will eat oatmeal. Have you tried Red River hot cereal? That’s what I grew up with. My friend buys it for me every trip to Canada. I will have to try your overnight recipe. And I love your photo of the blueberries.

    3. milkinthecloset says:

      I need to put this post on my favorites list!

      Thanks for the pictures! I needed them. I bought an entire can of, yes, McCann’s, and it sat in my pantry forever because they took to long to cook in the mornings. Who has the time? I will try your method as soon as I purchase more said item!

    4. Oh! Two things…

      1) I’ve never heard of “steel cut oatmeal”! Is it different from regular oatmeal?

      2) I want to eat breakfast at your house.

      Oh, yeah, and 3) I am making my WFMW post into a Monday Funday post as well. I didn’t post on Monday because it was a school holiday here! And we were actually having the Brownstone Fashion Show for part of that day!

    5. So THAT’S the secret!! I have burnt a LOT of oatmeal on the side of my crock. Finally gave up. Time to buy more oats!

      • just purchased steel oats for the 1st time. i haven’t bought instant oatmeat for some time now. if i am going to eat oatmeal i want the best. just got a receipe on line and made it last night in crock on low for 8hrs. it was alsome and didn’t even stick to the side of crock. if no time to eat before work, will take with me to eat later. great taste. oh, and my husband loved it also…..the receipe made enough for about 4 people…..

    6. Thanks for the detailed instructions and the pictures. We eat way too much instant oatmeal and I want to try this!

    7. I just bought some steel cut oats a Mennonite bulk food store this weekend. I need to try this. My fruit of choice for adding to oatmeal is RASPBERRIES!~ Love it!

    8. This looks great. I’ve read about making oatmeal in the crockpot but I have yet to try it.

    9. I have never heard of Steel Cut Oatmeal!? Is it stronger tasting or thicker? I think I will try it, who doesn’t like waking up and having breakfast already done!

    10. I have never heard of Steel Cut Oatmeal!? Is it stronger tasting or thicker? I think I will try it, who doesn’t like waking up and having breakfast already done!

    11. Aaaahhh…. Something new to add to our breakfast options. Thanks!

    12. Thanks for posting this! I’ve tried steel-cut oats a couple of times right in the crockpot and they burned into a horrid glumpy mess in the morning that led me to want to toss the entire crockpot! I’m going to try the bain-marie (ooh lala!) tomorrow!

    13. I love the crock pot! I make a similar recipe — I do the one cup of oats and four cups of water. Then I add a 1/2 cup of half and half and a cup each of dried cranberries and yellow raisins. So good — and it does feel like some prepared breakfast for you!

    14. Well, that solves a problem I’ve been trying to figure out for awhile. I couldn’t figure out how to keep it from sticking to the crockpot. I’ve even tried cooking spray to no avail. Thanks Ann! We like our oatmeal with a spoonful or two of sunflower or cashew butter on top. Mmmmm! Or sometimes we put apples, cinnamon and dried cranberries in the crockpot. Now I’m hungry.

    15. lookingtowardsheaven says:

      I’ve never ever ever ever ever heard of steel cut oatmeal!

      But I love my crockpot, so I am willing to try this out!



    16. lookingtowardsheaven says:

      oops – I was logged in under my “trying out wordpress” log in…

      my real blog is:

      http:// karlas crazy life dot blogspot dot com

      (obviously, no spaces and . instead of dot) ;0)

    17. Great idea – I’m definitely going to do this! Thanks.

    18. Thanks for posting this – I’ve got steel cut oats in my pantry that we very seldom use due to the long cooking time. This would be great!

    19. I have never heard of steel-cut oatmeal before. Now I will have to go look it up to see what makes it “steel-y”. :) And I am gonna have to try this, cause I love oatmeal and I love my crockpot. Thanks!

    20. Thanks for a great article. I’ve not fixed oatmeal this way before and I’m going to try it. I’ve been making a baked oatmeal which our guests like, and this will be a great addition to our menu! Dried cranberries, raisins, chopped apples, toasted walnuts or pecans (toast them first… really makes a difference!), or any other dried fruit would be a nice addition, as you mentioned. Thanks again!

    21. Many years ago, back when Martha did the show without all the celebrity guests…she did a thing on steel cut oats and said to speed it up in the morning.. just put it in the water overnight…in the morning cook it…cuts WAY down on the time and that is with the tin can kind. I also buy the old fashion Quaker Oats…not the quick or instant kind ,the regular kind…I cook it in the microwave for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, the trick there is a bowl big enough not to boil over, but once you know which bowl that works it’s not a problem. 1/2 cup oatmeal 1 cup water 2 :30 minutes and you have great oatmeal.


      • I also make whole rolled oats in the microwave, but I like my oats with way less water. If you think oatmeal made by regular directions is just too much like paste to eat, (sorry all you ‘creamy’ oatmeal lovers!) then reduce the recipe to 1/2 C. oatmeal, 2/3 C. water. Perfect every time, and my 3 year old asks for oatmeal EVERY MORNING. I know, I lucked out :)

    22. Awesome idea-and then I will not have two hungry little ones not-so-patiently waiting for them to cook! Thanks!

    23. Wonderful idea! I would have never thought of this and I love your blueberries picture too!

    24. I’m so glad to introduce people to this easy way to prepare and enjoy steel cut oats (actually, I think you could do the regular, old-fashioned kind of oats this way, too).

      Several people included their favorite “goodies” to add to their oatmeal–I should have requested that, because it’s fun to read people’s creative additions.

    25. Perfect! I love steel cut oats but have had trouble making them in the crockpot, so I’ll definitely try this.

      Also, it’s funny, when I left that comment on your other post I hadn’t seen your comment on my site. I also discovered you via Meredith. Funny that we were commenting on each other’s sites at the same time. :)

    26. oh, thanks for the tip! I love steel-cut oats and easy is always good!

    27. I think this is going to be a better way for me to cook steel-cut oats in my crockpot. I have always done it right in the pot itself, & yes, there is usually a rim of inedible oatmeal, despite the rest of it being quite good. By the way, as many of your commenters have not heard of, let alone tried, steel-cut oats, I would like to throw out this little bit of “cereal trivia”. Steel-cut oats are sometimes called Scotch oats, or Irish oats. The oat grains are cut by mechanical steel knives. Rolled oats are simply when the grains are pressed between huge metal rollers. Quick oats are first pressed, then steamed, then dried again. This is how it has been explained to me. Thanks for this post!

    28. This is fantastic, thank you so much!!!

    29. I laughed when I saw Mary’s comment (#2) because as soon as I saw the words ‘overnight’ and ‘hot cereal’ in the same sentence I thought of Red River cereal too! My family grew up on that stuff and we did it in the crockpot without the bowl inside. I will be sure to try this method next time I buy steel-cut oats. Thank you so much!

    30. Sharon H. says:

      Hey, my crockpot handle broke off the exact same way. Must be a defect with the product. They haven’t replied to my inquiry over at Rival — probably bombarded with complaints.

      The crockpot idea is cool — I’ve got some Irish oats I need to use. Thanks!

    31. Thanks for the recipe. I have tried several recipes for overnight oatmeal in the crockpot. It is always a burnt mess in the morning. This is a great tip. I will have to try it.

    32. this is so funny because I just looked at my lonely steel cut oats today and thought..”.when oh when will I take the time to cook you again? ” and they had no answer. But YOU did! thankyou! I like the idea of steaming so that the mess is less!

    33. My sister has been telling me about your recipe for awhile now and I’ve been so jealous. Now, with the help of your pics and directions I finally feel confident enough to try this (I even have a Trader Joes nearby). Thanks.

    34. Wow, I can’t believe the response! I’m imagining all of you happy families eating yummy, healthy oatmeal, rinsing out your crockpots easily in the morning and getting them prepped for dinner.

      And…I wanted to mention that I was introduced to Red River Cereal while at a family camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Yum! I’m totally going to try that seedy concoction tomorrow morning using the same method. I’ll let you know how it works. I have a box leftover from our last trip…sitting there…forlorn….soon to be resurrected in a bain-marie.

    35. I also soak my oats overnight, and have even made them overnight in the crockpot, but have never thought to use it as a double boiler. What a great idea! I will just have to try it, I think.

    36. Wow, what a great idea. I want some now, haha. This is exciting!!!

    37. Thanks for these tips. I have wasted much oatmeal cooking it directly in the crock. I’ll have to see if I have a bowl that will fit inside!

    38. Finally got to try this…I used Bob’s Red Mill brand of steel-cut oats, only I had to use a 1:3 oats:water ratio. Mmm! And perfectly cooked!

    39. Crystal says:

      I don’t think that I will sleep tonight, the anticipation of breakfast will be too much! I literally read this, got up from my computer and set up my crock pot. I added apples and raisins. I hope that my little girls are just as excited as I am. Thank you!

    40. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

    41. Sounds great! I will definitely try this and forward this on to my sister who LOVES steel cut oats.

    42. The overnight oatmeal is working for us. But any suggestions about what to do with the leftovers? Any tried and true recipes to share? Thanks.

    43. Mary: We save them and heat them up–they aren’t as good as fresh from the crock, but not bad. Another idea is to use them in muffin recipes. Just reduce the liquid and grain proportional to the amount of oatmeal you’re adding in. You can put the oatmeal in with the moist ingredients and whir them together in a blender (eggs, milk, oil or applesauce, etc.). Then stir them into the dry ingredients as usual. The blender kind of whips up the oatmeal and makes them incorporate better into the batter.

      Those are my two main ideas. Does that help?

    44. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this cooking method! One of the main reasons I wanted a crock pot was to cook oatmeal in, but I was terribly disappointed in the results. I tried your method and it works beautifully! I was so happy when I scooped the first serving out; now I can enjoy my oatmeal as often as I like. I mix in a variety of things like raisins, cashews, sunflower seeds, etc. It works great to microwave the leftovers. I couldn’t be happier!

      Thanks again!

    45. Great recipe! Makes me want to wip up a batch of Irish steel cut oats myself along w/ raisins, blueberries, maple syrup and some cinnamon. If I can recommend my foolproof measure of cooking that seems to require less work- an automatic fuzzy logic rice cooker. I throw everything in, set it to porridge setting , and in less than an hour, it’s cooked to perfection, and clean up is a snap. It also cooks rice , beans etc. to perfection. It’s got a timer, so you can set it the night before and have a steaming dish of perfection for breakfast. If you haven’t tried one -go for it. One of the greatest items I’ve ever purchased. Mine is a Zorirushi NS-LAC05 model. Google it. There are larger models as well. Mine has lasted over 3 years without any problems. And I also use Country Choice Organic Irisg Oats-steel cut. The Best!

    46. dan white says:

      I make my steel cut oats in the microwave, then reheat them the next day. No need to refrigerate. Since I know exactly how much water and oats to use in my large bowls, I just set the microwave for 6 min. and go away. Sometime later…perhaps 10 minutes, perhaps a few hours, I stir and cover them to keep the dust out. Next day I reheat for 3 min. and am ready to go. They are always perfect. I add frozen blueberries to my oats. As the berries thaw in the hot oats, they cool off the oats a little and you can eat them right away.

    47. Can I substitute the Trader Joe’s oats for Quaker Quick oats in a cookie recipe?

    48. Just gave you some link love at my site! I tried steel-cut oats in my rice cooker and they were perfect! :)

    49. chocolatevegetables says:

      Tried this last night, thanks for the idea. It may take a bit of tweaking as I use rolled oats here in Australia and my kids are used to creamy oats due to milk but I will figure it out I think. It made life so much easier this morning.



    50. I searched and found many recipes for making this, but your is the only one I found with the “double boiler” idea. Thanks! I’m gonna make it tonight.

    51. I’ve another way to prepare if you dont have a crock-pot. (I’m thinking of running out and buying one) . Simply put 1 cup of steel cut oats into your cooking pot, add 3 cups of water and let sit overnite. In the morning, stir and cook on stove about 5 minutes. That’s it. Add goodies as desired.

    52. brilliant. thank you for posting this. in return, I offer this: take a cup of your nummy oatmeal, mix it with a small container of plain, lemon or vanilla yogurt. Mix in fresh or dried fruit and nuts. Refrigerate overnight. Next morning, cold oatmeal that looks and has the mouth texture of tapioca or rice pudding. Great for breakfast on a hot summer day, when you want your oatmeal, but not the heat.

    53. I made steel cut oatmeal last night (using the above directions) and it worked GREAT. The oatmeal had the same texture that it takes to cook on the stove for 30 minutes. I cooked it on low for 7 hours and then my crockpot switched over to a warm setting for 2 hours. Plus you don’t have a big pot to clean out in the morning. Thanks for the short cut.

    54. What a great idea for using the crockpot, not just for steel oats, but for other foods as well.

    55. WOW!!! I have been making the steel cut wonder breakfast ahead and sending bowls to work, but now FRESH!!! It is great as a make ahead-put in the frig-warm up, but this is the solution as I am a “crock-pot-mama” and I want to thank you for your pics! More to follow…

    56. sorry…put in the website wrong :-) I hope my steel cut effort goes better than my blogging!!

    57. I am so excited to try this recipe. I just purchased individual portion packaged frozen steel cut oats from Trader Joes and my family loved them.

      I just ordered a can of Honeyville steel cut oats from the Honeyville website. I want to make a large batch and then freeze individual servings. Then we can “nuke” them in the morning for a quick breakfast, take them to work, camping, etc.

      I love mine with candied pecans and cranberries! Absolutely heavenly!

      Oh btw, the Honeyville website is honeyvillegrain.com. Enjoy!

    58. Hi,

      Thanks for the crock pot recipe, I will try it and let you know how it goes.

      I just returned from San Francisco and had the Steel Cut Oatmeal at a local mom and pop breakfast shop and it was great, hence me looking it up on the net. The only thing I see different was the way they made it, it seemed a bit creamier, not as thick, soup like and maybe had cream or condensed milk in it….any ideas ? It was sweet for sure, I think they said it had brown sugar in it also. The fresh fruit on top was fantastic, California Strawberries, Blue Berries, and a little Granola…YUMMMMY.

      Thanks for the help and if you know of a Christian girl looking to settle down, keep me posted, the pickings are slim here.

    59. I tried this last night and it is unbelievably creamy and delicious. More importantly, it’s ready! I’m the only one who eats steel cut oatmeal but I never have time to make it (actually stir it-it burns!) while getting 4 kids ready in the morning. Thank you!

    60. Craig Eliot says:

      Here’s a better and easier recipe:

      1 part steel cut oatmeal

      1 teaspoon (or tablespoon, depending how much you like the taste) of butter

      4 parts water

      1 teaspoon molasses

      1 teaspoon cinnamon

      1/2 cup raisins

      In a saucepan toast the steel cut oatmeal and butter till the oats are brown. The lovely fragrance will knock you out. Stand over the saucepan and stir frequently so that there’s no burning.

      When the oats are browned and toasted, add four parts of water. Add a full teaspoon of molasses and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Bring to boil. Skim off the sudsy froth.

      Cover. Let it sit for an hour or two.

      It’s done. It’s perfect. Makes about 5 large servings.

      PS: Add raisins after the oatmeal has cooled a little. I find that when you add them when the oatmeal is hot, they cook too thoroughly and lose their sweetness.

    61. Coming in late on this blog but I have that exact same crockpot and my one handle is broken off as well! Weird!

      Also wanted to add I have that exact same TJ’s Steel Cut Oats as well as the chocolate crossaints. I need to make them tonight. :-)

    62. Howdy

      I like the idea of your overnight approach. I’m a complete steel cut oatmeal fanatic, and wanted to suggest another method. I eat oatmeal 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. I LOVE oatmeal, and have got my girls into it, though my wife – understandably – thinks I’m a nut.

      What I do is cook TWO cans of McCann’s every two weeks in a big pot on Sunday night. It takes nearly an hour to finish. When it’s done, I cover it, and let it sit – with no heat – til the next morning. Then I put the oatmeal in ziploc bags and leave half at home and bring half of the bags to work. Whenever I want delicious steel cut oatmeal, I spoon a good amount into a bowl, add milk, raisins, and sometimes frozen berries, and put it in the microwave for 4 mins. YUMM!!!!

    63. Ann, I just stumbled across this and am so excited! I love steel cut oatmeal and now I can have it as soon as I get up…even on days I have to be at work early, early, early. You always come up with the best ideas!

    64. four months ago i started eating “steel cut oatmeal” and haven’t missed a breakfast since.the steel cut version is much more delicious compared to whole oats.i experiment with different ingredients which my favorite are english walnuts,organic raisins,blueberries,bananna,and two teaspoon of ground flax seeds.2-3 times weekly i add two teaspoon of olive oil to the mix.this really gets you off to a day packed with energy.if you are going to have a heavy day add a tablespoon of peatnut butter and let the oatmeal melt it,then add a fried egg.

    65. I tried your method, and it works beautifully. It was great to wake up to a breakfast that was already cooked. I NEVER would have figured this out on my own.

      Many thanks.

    66. Just tried my first steel cut oatmeal this morning and it was delicious! The texture of the steel cut is much better than rolled oats.

      As for the handle breaking off your crock pot, I bought a new one similar to yours and in just a few months the handle on mine also broke off. I think the crock pot maker needs to re-engineer those handles!

      • I had the same problem with my handle. I found a large handle on another lid I found at the dollar store. It made a great substitute. You could check your dollar stores or thrift shops for cheap lids- you
        just want the handle anyway.

    67. Thank you so much! I never thought about this!

      I love my crockpot and have a brand new love for Steel cuts… yummy nutty goodness…

      I am definitely going to make a go of this!

    68. We call this “porridge” at our house and drizzle with a bit of honey, then sprinkle on some cinnamon. The kids love it and have no idea it’s fabulous for them! I’ll definitely have to try the crockpot method!

    69. I’ve cooked steel cut oats before, but never like this. I’m going to try this and see if my guys will eat them this time. :)

      Thank you so much!

    70. I love making steel cut oats in my crockpot, but I’ve never seen it done this way! Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks!

    71. I follow a similar method – except I use about 1 1/2 – 2 cups oatmeal, then fill my fancy bowl to almost the top with milk and water, sometimes pumpkin pie spice and agave nectar, then add butter and maple syrup the next morning. Yummy. Also diced apples and cinnamon cooking all night w/the oats make a really special and totally easy breakfast the next morning. Thanks for sharing this!

    72. Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for a no hassle way to cook steel cut oatmeal. After much searching, this seems to be the way to go! Anxious to give it a try!

    73. I bet you didn’t think that 10 months later you’d still be getting comments on this blog entry about oatmeal! Or maybe you did…

      Either way I must thank you. I was up dreaming about crockpot oatmeal and had forgotten how I did it last time. I stumbled on your blog and remember that it didn’t turn out that good. I like your idea and it seems to have worked beautifully for you and scores of other readers. :-)

      I can’t wait to have some tomorrow morning!

      Thanks so much!!!

    74. We’re still loving the overnight oats. And if there are leftovers, my chocolate muffins are a hit. I posted the recipe today at:


      Thanks for getting us started.

      • I just made a batch of these muffins with leftover oatmeal from my crockpot (Ann you rock with this recipe), and the muffins were absolutely wonderful. I did sprinkle the top with very course ground sugar crystals for added bakery pizazze :)

    75. I love the idea of doing them in the crock like a double boiler cuz there’s always that ring of wasted oats in the crock!

      BTW, I use steel cut oats as a replacement for nuts in granola — still gives a crunchy feel and cheaper than nuts. Also, some of my boys don’t like the nuts in granola, so it satisfies all of us– crunch, but no nuts!

    76. Forgot to say that’s in HOMEMADE granola.

    77. This is a great idea – thanks for sharing!

    78. This looks so easy! I love my slow cooker (crockpot or whatever it is called, lol)…

      As I live in Australia, I am not sure what our equivalent is to ‘steel-cut’ oat meal? We are talking about porridge?

      Sorry for my ignorance. We often have different names for similiar things.

    79. LoveOatmealin NYC says:

      Your idea to prevent burning is great but for some reasn I can’t visualize the exterior bowl and the inner bowl inside of the crockpot. I see the wayer but I don’t see the inner or outer bowl, their sizes relative to each other. I may be the only one who is not getting this but could you please show a picture of the two bowls nestled before you put them in the cooker? I would be grateful.

    80. Thank you for sharing your method of making oatmeal. I tried it and it came out perfect. I’m wondering if I can also make a carrot cake this way, not overnight, though. My daughter made the cake and the edges burnt. I’m likely to try your idea. Thanks, again.

    81. Barbara in Missouri says:

      Anyone know the nutrition values? I bought my oats in bulk. Aren’t

      steel cut oats the best for lowering cholesterol? Thanks!

      I love crockpot recipes. It made a cook out of me.

    82. Thanks for posting this recipe! Someone mentioned it on the Food Network website. I came in from a party at 2:30am, threw some water, oats, and dried cranberries in the crockpot and woke up to a really yummy breakfast. I’m never going back to quick oats!!!

    83. Your crockpot cooking idea is a fabulous way to make overnight oatmeal!

      My question is what happens if I use Steel Cut Oats in baked dessert recipes? I want to use only Steel Cut Oats in the recipe and NOT add other oats such as Quick Oats or Rolled Oats.

      I am looking for recipes such as a fruit crisp or cookes, etc.

      Thank you.

    84. Who would of thunk that when I went online to look for a better way to cook steel cut oats that I would find your wonderful site.Thank You.

    85. This method can be used to make desert too! I have used pie filling or cut up fruit, pour cake batter over it, set the cooker on high. . . done in about an hour and a half. You need to keep an eye on it and turn it off when the cake it cooked. Serve it with whipped cream to balance the steamed effect on the surface of the cake.

      Also a tip, don’t use a bowl that seals itself too much to the bottom of the cooker. I cracked a bowl once that way. Now I use a really low metal rack underneath so things circulate.

    86. I love your crockpot idea. Five years ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I choose to go the natural route and for go the radiation, chemo, and hormones. I am doing fine today. At that time I learned that Microwave food was not nutritious and the EMF (electro magnetic frequencies) coming from Micro would help grow cancer. So our Micro is now a Breadbox. Expensive one I say but inexpensive when it comes to health.

      I have soaked Steel Cut oats overnight and works great. Cuts cooking time to about 6-10 minutes.

      Now I am excited to try your method of slow cooking overnight. I love it! Thanks for sharing such healthy food and easy cooking.

    87. PartyPiper says:

      I’ve got my oats in the crock now, but the reason your handle is breaking is because the handle is plastic but the screw is metal. Both expand at a different rate. We decided to pony up for the All-Clad model, figuring having one that never breaks is better than one that breaks.

    88. I googled for a crockpot steel oat recipe and found this one. It sounds great. I’m going to try it soon!!

      Funny though…I have this same crockpot and my handle also broke. I noticed that several of the folks that posted had the same problem.

    89. I need recipes for steel cut oatmeal. Anyone have any?

    90. Thanks for the directions. I have some in the crockpot right now, and I’m anxious to try them in the morning.

      I also have that same crockpot…and now I just KNOW that the handle is going to break, lol. ;)

    91. Aloha from Hawaii!

      Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I’ve been wondering how I can have a cheap, hearty, delicious meal ready for my teenager who has to get up by 5am. It is difficult for me to get up at 6:30 in the morning much less, 5am would not work. You have introduced me to a fabulous solution.

      We had piping hot, creamy oatmeal this morning!

      I wonder if I can cook grits like this?

      You rock!

      Mahalo Nui Loa


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    94. Thanks for the detailed instructions and pictures. They helped so much in explaining the whole double boiler thing. I’ve go to try this asap! Looks and sounds delicious!!!

    95. I’ll be trying this tonight. My crockpot is tiny so I cut the recipe in half. I hope it still works :)

    96. I’m going to try the steel cut crock pot recipe tonight. Yummy!

      Those crock-pot lids are not as good as they used to be. We are on our second which we received under warranty after our first one broke off at the plastic hinged lid. The new replacement broke after only 4 uses. I scavenged in our basement and found an old porcelain knob and my husband cut the screw shorter to fit the lid. This is a much better solution than asking them to replace it with another of those ridiculous plastic handles that are quickly broken. It is safer than trying to lift a knob-less lid from a steaming crock-pot, too.

    97. Kristy says:

      This is the best recipe I have ever had! I love steel cut oats but after cooking them on the stove I said never again. Then I tried them in the crockpot and the edges burnt. I also tried the slow cooker bags and this worked ok but what a waste. This recipe worked perfectly. I now eat them everyday. I like to add unsweetened applesauce and cinnamon. It’s like a treat instead of a meal. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    98. I have a family of 7 who would eat this oatmeal, but my crockpot (a 6 QT) isn’t happy with any of the bowls I have tried to fit inside. I’m bummed because I so wanted to try this tonight, but I would need to double the recipe in order to feed my family.

      Any suggestions on where to find a big enough bowl that will fit?

      I think I’ll try it with a smaller bowl tonight, just to see if what it works.

    99. It’s me again. The mom of 5 without the proper bowl. ;) Thanks for the email about Goodwill. I will have to look around as now I can picture what I’m looking for. I tried it using a metal bowl that I have. I was a little afraid of using it, but it’s stainless steel and I figured it couldn’t hurt, or at least it couldn’t hurt more than a Big Mac at McDonald’s. I doubled the recipe and wow…2 cups really makes A.LOT.! I think I’ll be making some Steel Cut Muffins or breakfast cookies today. lol

      I have to say that this is the best way to make oatmeal! I am handing out our instant oatmeal packets to the neighbors as “gifts” and will only make steel cut oats in the crockpot from now on. It was delicious and extremely simple. We added Craisins, sliced banana, milk and a bit of maple syrup (a double bit for me). I am imagining all the other add-in’s that I could come up with.

      Thanks for the recipe and btw, I love your blog!!!!

    100. My wife and I have been eating steel cut oats for about 2 years now, but it isn’t all that often because of the time required. It it usually make a big batch on a Saturday and nibble at it ’til its gone. I got curious to figure out the best method to cook steel cut oats. I stumbled across this posting and I am very glad I did.

      I just put my oats in the crock-pot (same model, but my handle is still on) using the double-boiler method. It just makes sense once you see it explained like you have done. My wife will definitely appreciate it at 5:30 in the morning when she needs to eat before the gym. She doesn’t even know I’m doing it right now, she’s already sleeping, lol. She is gonna LOVE me in the morning.

      I will let you know how it turns out. I might chop up some cherries and strawberries for her to put in it too!

    101. I am a true fan of Steel Cut Oats, and this process is the best! I love the texture. I put them in before I leave for work, then have them ready for me when I get home. I follow the “Warrior Diet”, so dont eat anything but raw fruits or veggies until my evening “feast”. I can think of no better reward than a bowl of Steel Cut Oats with some organic butter and pure maple syrup. It is a dish I crave daily!

    102. Does anyone have an oatmeal cookie recipe using leftover steel cut oatmeal??

    103. I add pearl barley to the steel oats, measure 1/2 cup of steel oats and 1/2 cup of pearl barley it’s yummy

    104. I prepare the steel cut oats in a small (1 quart?) slow cooker and I use:

      half cup oats, one cup apple sauce and two cups water. Stirred.

      The reason I mention this is because it doesn’t stick to the sides.

      Next morning add some cinnamon, walnuts/blue berries, peanut butter or anything you like for flavor.


    105. Hi-

      I have been eating steel cut oatmeal for breakfast for the last few months. I love it with fresh fruit! Cooking them in the microwave is not recommended, but reheating them in the microwave works great! I make a big pot every time I run out and then I just stick it in a tupperware in the fridge. Every morning I put some in a bowl and microwave it for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. It works great and the oatmeal easily lasts 7-10 days in the fridge. This is actually more convenient for me than getting out my crockpot.

    106. I just put my oats in the 3 quarts crock-pot using the double-boiler method

      Thank You for this smart idea. Using 1/2 cup of oats and 3 cups of water and a dash of salt. I set this before I go to sleep @ 10:00 pm when I woke up breakfast is ready. Put additional frozen blueberry or any fruit and you can also add ground flax seed into the mix. Again thank you.


    107. Aha–so that’s why the steelcut oats from TJ’s that I cooked last night in my crockpot came out so…so….awful. And I was so, so disappointed. I shall now go find a bain marie setup (wouldn’t Julia Child be proud?) and try it again tonight.

    108. Oatmeal is the best. Especially in the morning. Love it!

      • I made this last night, and it was wonderful! The kids really enjoyed it with brown sugar and cinnamon…and bluberries for me!

    109. Tried the recipe and am thrilled with it!

      Okay, so I forgot to plug in the crock pot last night and ended up eating it for lunch today instead, but still worked great!


    110. So glad I found this! I tried making the steel cut oats in a crockpot once, but not like this–they didn’t turn out very well ;) Your method is pure genius! What a happy find for me :) Thanks!

    111. Your recipe for steel cut oats is wonderful. I’m from Scotland and we always had steel cut oats, but this way is so much easier. Love it!

      About the crockpot – I had one and so did my daughter. My handle broke after using the Crockpot 6 times and my daughter’s broke after two times. There are many, many complaints on the internet, but no changes have been made. I returned mine to Costco and am looking for a replacement. Using an older one right now and it works just fine. Thanks again!

    112. Here is a picture of my crockpot this morning:


      Cleaning isn’t much of an issue, right?


      1/4 cup oatmeal + 2 cups water.

      The next morning add about 1/2 cup milk and raisins, let the raisins soak while you take a shower. Add some walnuts and how about a dash cinnamon?

    113. Thanks so much for posting this. I actually already put in my oats, but may try it your way the next time. We also cook a week’s worth, and package a daily serving in small containers.

      My crock pot handle also broke off the way yours did, and I have a hack to fix it: Buy a small cabinet pull at the hardware store. I cut the end off of a rubber wine cork for use as a washer. Put the screw for the pull on the bottom of the lid, then put the “washer on the outside, screwing it into the pull. Good as new!

      I think the original broke because I was putting the lid in the dishwasher. I now have a second crock pot, and I just make sure I wash it by hand.

    114. well, I am a hit at work with your overnight steel cut oatmeal! every time we have a breakfast birthday, they want me to bring it in! so I am cooking it again tonight and sending this recipe to my work email so I can send it to all of them!!

      thank you

      Mary Ann

    115. Oh this is awesome! I tried it with out the double boiler and was not impressed. I can’t wait to try this! I want this to work because we can eat fast before we run out the door to christian scool. Thank you for sharing it!!

    116. Bonnie Foxx says:

      I like the double boiler concept. It’s rough scraping cooked-on oatmeal off the inside of a crock pot!

    117. This rocks. I’m new to steel cut oatmeal and on my first attempt at cooking them, my daughter said they were still kind of ‘hard’. Will try this method next. :)

    118. Oh yum! One of my twitter people talked about steel-cut oats. Now I want some! Maybe I’ll have to throw this in the crockpot tonight! I loved doing it with the water bath, because it works better for having crockpot on all night while I’m sleeping. If you put oatmeal right in the crockpot, almost have to get up in middle of the night, to turn it on, or have it on a timer.

      It’s so much easier to set it and forget it, in the crockpot, than to have to stand by the stove for 30 minutes, while it cooks. Hubby doesn’t have the patience to let it simmer long enough! (Can you say crunchy?)

    119. This sounds great! Currently I use 3.5 cups of water, 1/2 cup milk and one cup of oats, 1/3 cup of brown sugar and cinnamon. I cook in the crockpot on low for 2.5 hours or on high for 1.5 hours (then let it sit on warm for a while). I do this the night before then add raisins and put it in the fridge (the hot oatmeal steams the raisins). I scoop out a bowl in the morning and heat for 2 minutes in the microwave and eat it all week! Perfect! Next time I don’t have time to make it at night I will try your overnight method!

    120. Steel-cut oatmeal in a crockpot — so yummy! Now I’m going to try this double-boiler method. Thanks so much.

      One variation I tried: soy milk! So creamy & luscious and even more protein. I didn’t do it overnight because I wanted to make sure it would be ok. I used the same proportions of liquid to oats as if I had used water.

      Re: Red River Cereal — What would be the water/cereal proportions?

    121. I love this idea! Although the hard water where I live ruined my crock pot (kinda).

      So I switched to a dutch oven. I set my oven to 170 F and put it in the dutch oven right before I go to bed and when I wake up… so yummy.

      I like to put cinnamon, cloves, agave nectar and fresh apples in mine while it’s cooking.

    122. Wow! how fantastic! The possibilities for use of the crock pot are indeed endless! I will have to make this for my father for father’s day or his birthday. He just loooves oatmeal! He cooked it for my siblings and I the old fashioned way every weekend when we were young. Fantastic! Would it be possible to feature this on my blog?? I’ve been thinking of starting a category or page on the joys of cooking…


    123. How long do you leave this “overnight”? I made a batch last night right in the crock pot and burned it badly! I followed Alton Brown’s recipe and it said 9 hours. :(

      I am excited to try this double boiler method tonight! Thanks!

      P.S. I have a large crock pot… looks like yours.

    124. I had heard about this before, and was confused. When I did a google search and you came up, it was the best, most clear, and simplest way of cooking the steelcut oats in the crockpot. I made a special trip to the grocery store to buy some and made them last night. It was delicious! I added maple syrup and walnuts. It was so satisfying and delicious! I now have the remainder in the refrig to enjoy throughout the week. (I am an empty nester so I can enjy all the leftovers!

      Thanks for posting and taking the pictures!

    125. Frank Wrzos says:

      meals for 2

    126. do you have to cook them? I’ve been putting steel cut oats in yogurt raw and it’s great. I’m wondering if not cooking them doesn’t release some of the nutritional benefits. Thanks.

      • Whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds have phytic acid which reduce our absorption of minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Soaking grains then cooking them will help get rid of it. I soak my rice overnight for cooking the next day. Roasting seeds/nuts either dry roasting in a pan over medium heat or in an oven at 400 for bout 7 minutes also helps. Google phytic acid to learn more about grains and ways to help proper digestion of whole foods.
        Hope that helps!

    127. it’s perfect in the morning!

    128. Steve Johnson says:

      Great pix. I’ve been making this for wifey ‘n myself for couple years. I spray a little Pam in the empty crock, and outside of the bowl I place on a trivet before charging with water. Makes the water marks easier to remove. I add cinnamon, or vanilla after the oats been cookin awhile. And finish it off with a little dehydrated fruit mix before serving. Sometimes use frozen blueberries. Wifey loves it. . .but she don’t cook nuttin anymore. Well, maybe alittle spaghetti once in a while.



    129. Steve Johnson says:

      Great pix. I’ve been making this for wifey ‘n myself for couple years. I spray a little Pam round the inside of empty crock, and outside of the bowl I place on a trivet before charging with water. Makes the water marks easier to remove. I add cinnamon, or vanilla after the oats been cookin awhile. And finish it off with a little dehydrated fruit mix before serving. Sometimes use frozen blueberries. Wifey loves it. . .but she don’t cook nuttin anymore. Well, maybe alittle spaghetti once in a while.



    130. My husband just bought me these oats today. I had no idea they would take so long to cook. I decided to look it up on the net – just to see if there was a faster way – and I found your site! Yay! I am so happy. I am going to try it tonight! Mahalo!

    131. I’ve made your oatmeal recipe a number of times and it’s fabulous! But that’s not why I decided to leave a comment. I wanted to let you know that I tried your method with cream of wheat – basically followed the measurements on the box using milk – and it worked out perfectly! My family just sat down to a nummy hot breakfast with little to no work on my part. The best part is that there’s no mess (which is normally what my cooking of cream of wheat leads to). Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

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    135. Carol Ann Flaherty says:

      Hi Ann,

      Thanks you for detail sharing it is great to understand this process and learn how to correct a few problems I had had with overnight cooking Oatmeal.

      Quaker makes Steel Cut product which is fine for us.

      I will be back to trying this as soon as I have the ingredients in the house.

      Nat Weiss in an above blog did not include how eating all his oatmeal is affecting his health? Interesting concept where does he bring in protein.

      I am a Diabetes 2 person so I sprinkle Whey Protein on my Oatmeal to boost the protein.

      Again Ann THANKS !!

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    138. gretchen g says:

      I read this post over a year ago looking for this process. I’ve been using this ever loving recipe since. Thought I should let you know that not only do I appreciate this great posting but actually use this process on a regular basis. Thanks again!

      gretchen g

    139. Hate to sound dumb, but not much of a cook, in order to make the steel cut oats in the slow cooker, I am presuming that I remove the liner from the crock pot – yes?

      • annkroeker says:

        You know, I’ve never had a crock pot with a liner, so I don’t even know what that would look like! Maybe the liner would be good to leave in, to provide a layer between the inner “oats” bowl and the “crock”–maybe it would protect the crock and keep it from cracking?

    140. I have been searching and trying different overnight oatmeal recipes for awhile now. I just tried this method last night and it came out all mushy and lumpy. Does this mean it cooked too long? I’m actually not sure how oatmeal is supposed to be once cooked perfectly. My understanding of overnight is 6-8 hours, I did 7 hours on low. I followed everything the same. Any other tips please?

      • annkroeker says:

        Steel Cut Oats do turn out a little mushy with this method—mushier than they do when cooking on the stovetop for 40 minutes or whatever it takes. The amount of water you use will also affect how mushy they are. Less water=less mush. You could try putting in less next time and see how that works…or more…until you find a consistency that you like.

        I prefer mine on the mushy side, so that doesn’t bother me too much. If you like them to have an “al dente” feel, you may prefer the stovetop prep method. Or, maybe you’re someone who will enjoy and appreciate regular “Old-Fashioned” oatmeal over steel cut. Some people just don’t like steel cut oats.

        I hope you are able to find a texture you like! Thank you so much for stopping by with a comment!

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    142. I make my organic steel cut oats in bulk. 1.5 quart crockpot. Oats about 2 cups. Water to rise 1 inch above level of oats. Drizzle of olive oil, salt. Soak it all in the morning with 1 tspn of apple cider vinegar to break down the phytic acid in the grain which makes it easily digestable. Plug in the crockpot in the evening and your oatmeal for the week is ready the next morning. Add any fruit, nuts, molasses to it and enjoy!

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    145. This is a clever idea that I may apply to congee as well, which is a slow-cooked rice porridge. It also seems like a good way to do fondue or melted chocolate with easier clean-up.

      • annkroeker says:

        Great ideas to use the crock pot in all those ways, like chocolate–just be sure the inner pot doesn’t rest directly against the main crockery, even in the water.

        Thanks for visiting, and commenting!

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    149. I buy my oats at Earth Origins – $1.29 a pound – which is far less than the pre-packaged oats, even from Trader Joe’s (which started me on this kick).

      I don’t stop at a “bowl” in the crock pot. I put 3-1/2 qts of water and add 3-1/2 cups oats in my 4qt crockpot. Cook overnight – I’ve got enough oatmeal for almost 2 weeks of breakfast. Every monrning, I put about 10 ounces in a covered microwave-safe bowl, take to work, heat in the microwave and eat at my desk. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    150. Thank you so much. I have been cooking steel cut oats for my kids since I found out the great benefits of the added fiber (which helps keep their blood sugars more stable throughout the morning). I didn’t like how long it took to cook in the morning though. I can’t wait to try out this recipe for overnight cooking. Hope to have great success!

    151. Can’t wait to try this. I don’t have time in the morning for anything other than the bland instant oatmeal. I love the steel cut –think I’ll try it tonight–can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow!

    152. I’ve attempted to cook steel cut oatmeal on the stove top with no success. I tried it in the microwave and that was an even bigger disaster! I recently found this recipe and have tried it at least a dozen times. The steelcut oatmeal comes out perfectly! This is a foolproof recipe and a new family favorite! Thank you!

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    154. i’ve had 2 containers of steel cut oats just waiting for this recipe! i initially was going to use alton brown’s recipe but after reading the comments/reviews i was hesitant. i’m sure this method will be perfect. thanks so much!!

      • Hope it turns out delicious! I made it for brunch today–instead of overnight, I stuck it in before church on high, and by the time I returned, it was ready. Yum!

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    160. Are you still using that crockpot with the broken handle? My handle broke as well, I called the manufacturer and they sent me a new Crock Pot! (They didn’t make that lid handle any more I guess).
      Anyway thanks for the info, I bought a separate tiny crock pot to use for the steel cut oats, and it works great.

    161. I love this!!! Just have one quick question though…

      Have you noticed that your tinfoil turns black by the morning? Should this be a concern?

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    163. wanted to add that I do this but leave canning rings in the bottom of my crockpot under the inner bowl – no foil required!

    164. No wonder the one time I made steel cut oats that they turned out hardly edible because I thought they were regular oats lol, this recipe looks great thanks so much for posting!! :)

    165. Thank you for this recipe! It works out great!

      I was wondering, besides keeping the inner bowl off the crock pot to keep it from cracking, is there another reason for the wadded up foil? Have you ever tried a rolled up washcloth?

      • annkroeker says:

        I’ve never tried a rolled-up wash cloth, but that might work, as well. The problem is that the two crocks shouldn’t be flat against each other without something separating them. The main fear is cracking one or the other (or both??) of the bowls/crocks.

        I’m going to try the canning rings next. They would provide an even surface, better than the foil balls and better than a wash cloth, though both of those would work. Does that help?

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    167. Found your blogsite when I was researching an easier way to cook steel oats. Been using your recipe for a year now. Now that fall season is here again and the Peony Farm is in hibernation (I own a Peony Farm in Sequim, WA), nice hot oatmeal is in the breakfast menu again. This time, I am slicing bananas into the mix. I love it.

      • I’m so glad to hear from you (and I love peonies!). Thank you for writing to share that you just started up the oatmeal. I did, too! I had run out of steel cut oats and just bought some more two days ago. Yesterday, I awoke to perfectly prepared oatmeal. Like you, it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed it, and I forgot how delicious! I kept it simple: some brown sugar and milk. Bananas sound yummy.

    168. After discovering I could make steel cut oats in the crockpot, I went on a search for the most successful recipe. I did not want the burnt bits around the edge, so the water bath sounded like the answer. I only have one glass bowl that will fit in my slow cooker and it was in the dishwasher being cleaned at the time I was prepping the oameal. I thought I would try it in my silicone bundt pan, (it fit perfectly). Bonus, no wasted oatmeal because nothing stuck to the pan. Just thought I would chime in on my great discovery. Silicone bundt pan = no waste and didn’t have to worry about it cracking my slow cooker crock.

    169. I recently found your post via LifeHacker tips. I’m going to try this, fo’ sho’.

      I have a tip that’s a variation on the foil, or 7″ silicon trivet. It’s these tumble trivets:


      Very versatile little things.


    170. Hi, i didn’t read through ALL the comments, but I love steel cut oats and wonder if using ALL milk in the recipe overnight would be ok? your thoughts? I was introduced to lovely steel cut oats by my Irish daughter in law :) thank you!!

      • Isn’t it amazing how much interest people have found in steel cut oats? I’m glad your Irish daughter-in-law introduced you to them–so healthy and yummy! I think they would turn out really creamy and yummy. I think because it does start to heat up, you would not have to worry about leaving the milk out all night because it is slowly cooking all night in the heat of the steam. BUT I’ve not done it and if you get sick, don’t say I told you to do it, because I don’t really know. :)

    171. lol, it was the organic steel cut oats that I found your blog. Thanx to Jamba Juice making it even more popular. Some want to make it at home.


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