These are the best crockpot steel cut oats! A plain base so the toppings are up to you. Easy to change up to have variety to your week and breakfast. I never loved oatmeal until after my first baby, T, was born. I started making baked oatmeal for him when he was little, and then I started eating it as well and now I just love all things oatmeal!
What you need to make crockpot steel cut oats + substitutions:
- Steel cut oats- Steel cut oats are definitely the only option here! No other oat will work! I love this brand.
- Almond milk- You can definitely substitute with any alternative milk. Cashew, coconut, dairy, soy, whatever you like.
- Water- The water to milk ratio just gives it the perfect creaminess. I’ve found mixing the two really gives the best texture. You could try substituting with only milk, but the water really adds the perfect texture.
- Vanilla extract- A key to any sweet recipe in my opinion.
- Sea salt- I don’t make anything without salt. It’s what helps bring the flavor out in a recipe.
Tips for making:
- Make sure to spray or rub down the sides of your crockpot. You want to lather it up nicely with oil or butter so your oats won’t stick. They will most likely stick a little bit, but not too bad!
- We have a classic 7 quart crockpot. We really like it and it’s just the crockpot brand, but any crockpot will do!
- If you like your steel cut oats a little creamier, add an extra 1/2 cup of both milk and water. It will make them creamier, but I like mine thick! Then I add a little milk to them when I heat them for the perfect texture.
- Warm them up in the morning with a little extra milk and protein powder (optional). I really love adding the protein because it gives them a cake-like texture, and obviously the benefits of protein. They’re so good! My favorite is this brand & you can use the code lex for 15% off! Also, feel free to top with a little honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar!
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Alright, let’s get to making the recipe! Enjoy!
The Best Crockpot Steel Cut Oats
- Slow Cooker
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Spray your crockpot really well with oil or rub in butter or coconut oil. You want to make sure it doesn’t stick!
- Next, pour in all your ingredients and give them a good mix.
- Cook on the low setting for 2-3 hours until your oats are creamy and thick.
- Let it cool completely and store in a container in the fridge.
- They will harden up a bit in the fridge. In the morning, I would scoop out about 1 cup of oats or a little more and warm them on the stovetop!
- When I warm them, I add in a little liquid and usually protein powder (this gives them a cake-like consistency! I use Nuzest vanilla protein (code lex for 15% off), but you can use whatever you like!
- I topped mine with fruit, nut butter, and some seeds! Feel free to top with a little honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar too!