Overnight steel cut oats is simply one of the easiest recipes to make in the crock-pot. It only required two ingredients.
It has been a few years since we have gotten away from eating cereal 6 days a week, and since Dr. Oz is such a proponent of steel cut oats, I thought I’d give it a try back then.
Steel cut oats have become one of our family breakfast staples. I love that I can prepare the oats the night before, slow cook it overnight, and wake up to a hot breakfast without exerting any effort the morning of.
I’ve actually have never made steel cut oats on the stove, but have always made them in the crock-pot. It’s so easy to do, and takes less than five minutes of preparation the night before.
In addition, they are so quick to prepare. I have even brought my crock pot on different trips and have been able to serve a hot, healthy breakfast for the masses. Very cool!
You could easily do a oatmeal breakfast bar for a large group. I love serving this when we’ve had company, too. Steel cut oats are so easy to customize because people can add their favorite toppings.
- maple syrup
- organic sugar
- add your favorite here____________(the list is endless!!)
So are steel cut oats better for you than regular oatmeal? YES, but they are very similar. They are less processed than rolled oats, they have a lower glycemic index, and they may cause you to feel more satisfied for longer because they have more soluble fiber. Plus, they hold up great in the crock-pot because they are so sturdy!
**Updated April 2012: If you have a WinCo in your area, steel cut oats are $0.53/lb. at WinCo in the bulk section, so for pennies a serving, you can have a hardy meal. For $0.27 I can serve breakfast for 5 people for 2 days with leftovers. That’s less than $0.13.5 a meal!! Of course the toppings add more cost, but you get the picture.
The Recipe: Crock-Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipe
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 7-8 cups of water (we always use 7 cups)
- optional, 3 T TriMix (1 T Wheat Germ, 1 T Wheat Bran, 1 T Oat Bran)
- optional, flax seed
- Grease the bottom and sides of the slow cooker really, really well.
- Place all of the ingredients in the slow cooker (I don't even stir it).
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours on the lowest setting. My sister-in-law accidentally discovered that this cooks on "warm" overnight, too, so that's what we do now because there is minimal oatmeal sticking to the sides. Clean up is much easier.
- Stir really well, and serve with your favorite toppings.
This serves our family of 5 with one more day’s worth of leftovers.
What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?
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