Overnight Steel

by Heather

This Crockpot oatmeal is a great make ahead breakfast. Just put the ingredients in the Crockpot and you have overnight oatmeal ready and waiting in the morning. It’s a great gluten-free breakfast too!

One of the most common reasons for people skimping on the all-important breakfast is time. People just don’t have time to cook a breakfast when they’re scrambling to get 1,000 other things done in the morning before  they head out the door.

Although that doesn’t have to be your excuse.

9 times out of 10, I have oatmeal for breakfast. 9 times out of 10 it takes less than 3 minutes until I’m eating it. And that includes steel cut oats.

crockpot oatmeal

I used to think I was being all smart and fancy by soaking my steel cut oats overnight and then microwaving them for 6 minutes in the morning. Still a pretty quick breakfast, but this happened more than occasionally:

exploding oatsoatmeal explosion

Steel cut oats are what you have before the oat grain is rolled and smashed into the flake most of us are familiar with- the part that makes oatmeal cook so quickly and easily. But steel cut oats are just as easy to prepare, and are even better for you since they’re in a more whole form.

steel cut oatmeal

My trick? A big batch of steel cut Crockpot oatmeal – then I’m set for the week and have no excuses not to eat a healthy breakfast. This overnight oatmeal is so simple it’s not funny.

Crockpot Oatmeal || Easy Overnight Oatmeal

1 cup steel cut oats {gluten free oats if necessary}

2 cups almond milk

2 cups water


steel cut oats and almond milk

Put everything in the slow cooker before you go to bed- turn it on low, sleep, and when you get up, you have perfectly cooked, creamy, steel cut oats. A great gluten free breakfast that’s dairy free too.

crockpot oatsmaking overnight oatmeal

overnight steel cut oats in slow cookerfreshly made steel cut oatmeal

Eat them hot and fresh the first day, then store them in the fridge. For the rest of the week you can just pull out what you want to eat, add a little almond milk, and pop them in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and you’re done.

overnight oatmeal

Feel free to add in your favorite mix ins, like dried fruit or nuts, to your big batch of oats before you cook them. I like waiting until afterwards so I can make them different every morning.

Like today’s peaches and cream oats:

peaches and cream oatmeal recipe

Steel cut oats topped with warm almond milk, sliced peaches, chopped pecans, and drizzled with honey.

oatmeal with peaches and cream

steel cut oats with peaches pecans and honey

How’s that for breakfast in less than 3 minutes?

What’s your favorite quick-fix, no hassle breakfast?

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Faith @ lovelyascharged June 20, 2011 at 8:59 am
I've been a fan of my wheat bran breakfast cookies - they take 5 minutes to throw together the night before, they're loaded with protein and whole grains, and they're such a dessert-like treat in the morning! No excuse to skip breakfast at all - I never used to eat it, and now that I'm in the habit, I can't imagine going without!
Heather June 21, 2011 at 9:17 am
They sound delicious!
Stephanie @ Off the Eaten Path June 20, 2011 at 10:27 am
Thank you thank you THANK you for this! I love steel cut oats (and I wish I could eat them for breakfast everyday!) but I never have time in the morning. This crockpot recipe is PERFECT. I'm going to do this tonight! This totally made my day :)
Cait's Plate June 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm
I had peaches in my yogurt this morning and SERIOUSLY contemplated for a good 5 minutes whether or not I should be doing peach cobbler oats! Your breakfast kind of makes me think I went the wrong route :( It's supposed to be rainy and yucky in the next few days here so I think I'll have to save this recipe for then!
Heather June 21, 2011 at 9:18 am
Peaches in anything is perfect for this hot summer weather :)
Cait's Plate June 21, 2011 at 9:36 am
Haha - agreed! I made it this morning though I definitely should've cooked the peaches in with the oats! Still tasty though!
Jess@atasteofconfidence June 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm
I usually have quaker (normal) oats, but i really want to try steel cut!
Paige @ Running Around Normal June 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm
This reminds me of Alton Brown's over night steel cut oats! I remember cooking his "overnight oats" before they became cold, old fashioned oats that had just been soaking in liquid all night. I remember being so confused people weren't talking about crockpot oats! lol
Heather June 21, 2011 at 9:20 am
I was confused about that too- I'm not a fan of the cold-soaked version, but the crockpot version had me at hello ;)
Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff June 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Thanks for this solution! We usually make our oats on the stove top, but they almost always spill over unless we keep a really close eye on them. And in a crock pot, you can make enough oats for the whole family in one batch!
Tanya June 21, 2011 at 7:04 am
Oatmeal is my "go-to" fast breakfast too. I agree with you about not adding mix-ins while cooking a large batch. It is more fun to switch up the "flavors" each day! Tanya www.dinedashdeadlift.com
Karolina June 22, 2011 at 12:13 am
Oh my gosh this looks SO GOOD. I'm a huge fan of oatmeal, and love all sorts of fresh fruit in it. YUM!
Ann @ CreativeBoomer June 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm
This sounds great. I often make regular Quaker oats in the microwave. To help prevent boiling over, I switched the milk to water but doesn't taste as good. Your crockpot idea sounds like a good alternative.
Nancy June 23, 2011 at 10:24 am
I made these last night. Of course, quite easy to throw everything in the crockpot, but they really turned out mushy and burned the side and bottom of the pot! I had it on low from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Perhaps that was too long. Could you give the number of hours to cook, rather than "overnight"? I still enjoyed them this morning and have enough for several more days. It is easier, but nothing beats doing a small batch on the stove for breakfast, as the oats stay crunchy! Thanks for sharing this.
Heather June 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm
Oh I must have a wimpy crockpot then! I would try it on low for about 6 hours, or on high for 3 hours. I make them during the day a lot too, so there's no rule it has to be overnight. ;) If you're keeping an eye on them, just turn the heat off when they're still just a little bit liquidy- they'll finish firming up as they cool. It should keep them nice and chewy!
Tracie June 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm
I have thought about trying steel cut oats for a long time now, but always resisted because I heard so much about how long they take to cook. I'm excited to find that they can be so easy (and yummy). I think you have inspired me to give them a try!
Heather June 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm
I was the same way, but now that I know how good they are AND that they can be easy- I'm addicted! :)
Margarita June 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm
Awesome ! I'll give it a try! I'm glad I came here from BlogFrog .. Stumbled :)
Kristl Story June 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm
I love oatmeal, so I'll have to give this a try! My go-to breakfast is frozen raspberries (thawed) and mixed with greek yogurt. stumbled!
Heather June 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm
That sounds like a delicious breakfast!
The Damsel in Dis Dress June 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm
LOVE this idea. Why didn't I think of this sooner?
Heather June 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm
I often think the same thing to myself ;)
Treat Keratosis Pilaris July 9, 2011 at 8:28 am
I have also heard you can do steel cut oats in the rice cooker, but a week's worth is SUPER. I am not good in the morning! This would make breakfast for two a dream! I make enough pumpkin butter and applesauce for months at a time by freezing most of it into week size baggies.
Renee Huggins July 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm
I'm still afraid of doing anything in the crock pot overnight. I know, I worry too much. When you soaked them overnight, did they taste ok? I've been wanting to try that.
Tom October 3, 2011 at 10:35 am
This may sound dumb, but where can you get "steel cut oats"? I would love to try this recipe but not really sure where to find them.
Heather October 4, 2011 at 9:37 am
I like to get mine from the bulk bin from a "health" food store- our closest one is Earth Fare, but you can also get them in the regular grocery store. They're usually in the cereal aisle near the other hot cereals like oatmeal. Most of the time I see them in a smaller bag near the oat brans and 10 grain cereal mixes.
misszippy January 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm
I am all over this! So excited to try it--tonight! I love oatmeal and often use the Raw brand. Make it w/ water in microwave, then add in almond milk, almond butter and fruit. So good and easy!
Jesse M October 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm
Do you think this would work as well with regular milk or with coconut milk instead of almond milk??
Heather October 8, 2012 at 11:19 am
Absolutely! I make it with coconut milk all the time. :) Any kind of milk you have on hand will work, even water in a pinch, but it won't taste as rich.

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