Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal: Apple Cinnamon

The holidays are coming up and that usually means lots of company. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a hot, yummy breakfast waiting for everyone when they wake up? Well, this Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal is the answer to your prayers. And better yet, it is Apple Cinnamon flavored! Yum!

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal: Apple Cinnamon

Aunt Lou here.

To be honest, I had never had steel cut oatmeal before Cris introduced me to this yummy deliciousness. And, well, as long as we are being completely honest, I didn’t even know steel cut oatmeal even existed until I heard it mentioned in a Gilmore Girls episode. (A girl can learn a lot from all the information packed into those quirky conversations!)

We grew up on Old Fashion Quaker Oats with a little bit of butter and sugar. It was yummy and is actually one of my comfort foods. After having Ryder, I was sure that I was completely over my head when we got home and possibly a bit panicked. Thankfully, Momma stayed with me a few days, and she made me the oatmeal of my childhood. It always made me feel a little better.

Then we go visit Cris and she blows me away with this flavorful creation. I am a texture girl, so I was a bit leary. But these definitely passed the test! Plus, it is so easy to make and was waiting for us when we woke up on Saturday morning! Awesome!

Are you a little leery of making oats in your slow cooker because it runs a little hot? Never fear! You can make your crock into a double broiler easy peasy! So you can make those steel cut oats in your crock pot without a care in the world! (And by the way, I was there for the really bad breakfast casserole Cris mentions here. I love my sister. And she is one flat out good cook, but mercy…that was not a fun experience! THIS recipe though, is fabulous!)

All you have to do is put a glass bowl inside your crock pot and add water around the bowl until it is halfway up the side of the bowl (it is super important to make sure it goes halfway up the side of the bowl…you don’t want water boiling over into your delicious oatmeal).

Slow Cooker Double Boiler

You also want to make sure you use Steel Cut Oats…NOT Old Fashion Oats. There is a big ol’ difference when it comes to cooking times. Steel cut oats are made for an overnight stay in the crock pot, old fashion oats are not.

Steel Cut Oats

We are usually the company and don’t have many people come stay with us…but I do believe I will have to make this sometime very soon. It is just perfect for a morning where there is a bit of a chill in the air.

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal: Apple Cinnamon

Have I kept in you in suspense long enough? Here’s the recipe!

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal: Apple Cinnamon
  • 2 Apples- Cored & Chopped (Peel if you like, I leave the skins on mine)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 T Brown Sugar (I use Brown Sugar Splenda Blend)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tblsp Light Butter- Cut into Pieces
  • 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 1½ Cups Skim Milk
  • 1½ Cups Water (note this is an ingredient for the inside of the bowl, additional water will be needed for double boiler)
  • Garnish: Nuts, Raisins
  1. Place glass bowl inside your crockpot and add water outside of the bowl until it reaches halfway up the bowl.
  2. Add all ingredients inside the bowl except garnish and stir.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Stir well and serve with garnish.
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  • Rhonda Lambert

    ya know now I am just going duh because I love this stuff but always hate how it gets too done and is hard around the outer edges. Thanks for the double boiler tip. That will take care of the problem :)

    • Aunt Lou

      It is a handy tip to have around! Enjoy!

    • k

      Do not make my mistake and buy steel cut QUICK oats! It will not turn out.

  • jen

    I found you on Pinterest last night. Thank you for sharing your method! I used my Pyrex 8cup measuring bowl because I didn’t have anything oblong to fit in my croclpot. I had used to liners in the past (after a disaster) but I didn’t love the idea of plastic heating all night. It isn’t even burned to the inside of the pyrex! Thanks again!!

    • Aunt Lou

      So glad it worked well for you!

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