Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Remember when I mentioned the other day how important having breakfast is?  Well, I wasn’t going to keep you hanging on some easy breakfast ideas to start your day.  My kids and I love oatmeal.  They are so cute sitting at the kitchen table in the morning with their little bowl of oatmeal and their plate of berries.  I am so happy that my kids love fruit.  They would pass up a snack for fruit any day.  Veggies, well that’s another story but I will gloat for a moment about their love of fruits.  Anyways,  steel cut oats is another morning favorite.  These good for you oats that are packed with fiber take a little longer to make then your typical oatmeal but with cooking them in the crock pot you can eat them more often with minimal effort.

I love to serve then like a parfait, although I’m certain my kids don’t care how it is served, but for me I think it looks pretty.  One serving, is 1 cup cooked oats, which is about 1/4 cup dry.  I take 1/2 cup of steel cut oats and place it in the bottom of a bowl, then half of my yogurt.  Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of steel cut oats and yogurt then add some berries.  So simple and comes in at about under 300 calories with the yogurt for a hearty breakfast.

In a crock pot add in steel cut oats.

2 cups skim milk (or your choice milk) and 2 cups water.

1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.

1 tablespoon agave nectar (or if you prefer maple syrup).

1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional).  Give it a stir, place cover on top and cook on low for 7-8 hours. In the morning the oats will be cooked. Turn off heat. Stir and serve warm topped with your favorite berries.

RECIPE UPDATED! After several comments regarding the cooking time of this recipe I have retested it and have updated with the necessary changes in the revised recipe below. Enjoy!


Overnight Steel Cut Oats

An easy way to make steel cut oats that will be ready for breakfast in the morning. Serve with your choice of yogurt and berries for a filling breakfast.

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups skim milk (or non-dairy milk such as almond milk or coconut milk)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg


  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir until combined.
  3. Cover and set on low for 7-8 hours.
  4. Turn off slow cooker. Stir and serve with fresh berries and yogurt.

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    1. So I tried this last night and it nearly worked perfectly. It sat in the slow cooker for 8 hours after I turned it off and it was still fairly soupy in the morning, so I turned it back onto high for about 45 minutes to get it to a more oatmeal-y consistency.

      1. Glad you tried it! You know, I think my crock pot runs hot. An hour seems to be fine in mine, but I have had my crock pot forever so I think I might need a new one as well. 🙂 Things tend to heat it in very quickly so I think I’m going to adjust the recipe for 1 1/2 hours on high then shut it off. Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  1. Has anyone tried these with almond or coconut milk? I’m breastfeeding and my son has a milk protein sensitivity and I have a soy sensitivity, so neither of those are an option for our family

      1. ok great! made it for work this week and tasted more like desert then breakfast! loved it! thanks so much look forward to discovering more of your recipes!

  2. It didn’t work for me :(. Started it at high for 1.5 hours then shut it off. It sat in the slow Cooker for 9 hours and was soup when I got to it in the morning. I put it back on high & I’m waiting for it to thicken up. It’s been 2 hours and it’s still soup. Followed the recipe exactly… No substitutions. 🙁 This crockpot is one that usually runs hot, so I’m confused…

  3. I was so excited to try this recipe, but when I did it was just soup in the morning. I followed the directions exactly and when I woke up I even turned it on again but it didn’t help much. My slow cooker is usually on the hot side so I don’t know why it didn’t turn out. I’m so bummed!

  4. I ran across this recipe last night believe or not while grocery shopping. I had another overnight oats recipe I was going to make, but I love steel cuts oats and did a quick search and found yours! It worked great for me. I probably cooked it for 8-9 hours and it was perfect. After portioning into containers, I added a tablespoon of splenda brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of grape jam and 1 tablespoon of crunchy almond butter. So good!! I used almond milk and it was perfect. Will for sure make this again! Beats the heck out of babysitting a pot of oats on the stovetop!

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