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Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats


Steel cut oats make a great, hearty breakfast and I prefer the texture over rolled oats.  However, on a busy morning, the last thing I want to do is cook a pot of steel cut oats.  Preparing in advance in the slow cooker and then freezing individual portions makes a great way to enjoy a hearty, nutritious bowl of oats any day of the week.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats


Abbi @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 5 cups water
  • 0.5 teaspoons salt


Mix all ingredients together in the slow cooker. Turn on low. Cook for 3 hours, stirring once each hour. Proceed to freezing directions.

Freezing Directions:

Divide cooked oatmeal between large muffin tins (about 1 cup servings).  Freeze muffin tins until solid.  Dip the bottom of the muffin tin into warm water to release the frozen oatmeal cups and store in the freezer in gallon size freezer bags.  To serve, reheat 1 portion for 1-2 minutes.  Stir, heat 1 additional minute.  Top with desired toppings such as sliced fruit.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Information:  Serving Size = About 1 cup. Calories – 150, Total Fat – 3 g, Total Carbohydrates – 27 g, Protein – 5 g.  Dietary Fiber:  4  WW Plus Points: 4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

12 Responses to “Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats”

  1. diana says:

    Looks great! Do you reheat in microwave or on the stove?

  2. Melene says:

    Could you do this with milk instead of water in the slow cooker-and still freeze them?

    • abbi says:

      I do not see any reason why you couldn’t do it this way. The steel cut oats cooked in the slow cooker with just water end with a fairly creamy consistency even without milk though.

    • Michael McDowell says:

      Generally, dairy in a slow cooker isn’t a good idea. It tends to curdle.

  3. Angela Jacobs says:

    I am having a hard time finding steel cut oats. All I can find are whole grain rolled oats. We don’t have Trader Joes or Costco around my area…just Walmart, HyVee, Jewels..

    • abbi says:

      My local stores have them with the regular oatmeal. You may also want to look in the organic/natural foods section if they are not with the regular oatmeal. Finally, you can often find them in bulk food stores or sections as well.

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  7. Leane says:

    I love my oats with berries and bananas, just like your picture! Can I freeze them with this mixture as well?

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