Overnight Steel-Cut Oats with Almond Butter & Honey

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Author Notes: Slow-cooker as bain-marie! This is an effortless, hot family breakfast that lets us sit down together before charging forth on weekdays. We change up the flavourings, but tend to break out the almond butter & honey at least once a week.ying

Food52 Review: We'll admit that before this week, we were somewhat bemused by the recent slow cooker revival. Ying's porridge helped change our minds. We love her idea of using a slow cooker as a bain marie, and what better way to be greeted on a chilly morning than with a steaming batch of steel cut oats, ready for a dollop of rich, toasty almond butter and a swirl of honey. (If you don't have almond butter, any nut butter will do.) We'll take this over Wheaties any day. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 2-3

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oatmeal
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons flavourful honey
  1. In a 4-cup glass measuring jug, stir together the water, milk, steel-cut oatmeal and salt. Place in a large slow-cooker, add enough cold water to come halfway up the side of the jug (less is fine, because there's so little evaporation with a slow-cooker), switch on "low" and go to bed.
  2. In the morning, stir in the almond butter and honey. There will be a tablespoon's worth of grain clumped together at the bottom of the glass jug; it is fully cooked, though, and needs only to be mixed in. Serve. You'll have a halo of warmth around you for the rest of the morning.
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9 months ago robin lewis

YUM. EXCELLENT. kOVED IT.

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9 months ago robin lewis

oh boy...dumb question, know, but do you put the lid on the slowcooker?? i can't tell in the instructions or pictures...i want to make this tonite...

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9 months ago Jackie Casey

Yes you do! This dish is awesome!

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9 months ago oregon cassie

All slow cookers are different. Mine is old-school -- the plastic lid just sits loosely on top of the ceramic pot, not a tight fit at all. Great recipe, try it.

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9 months ago Jessica36

I absolutely love this cooking method--this recipe is my go-to for cold winter mornings now. Thanks for sharing!!

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10 months ago missbellpepper

Vegans rejoice, this is AMAZING with coconut milk! Super rich, filling and perfect for the winter.

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over 1 year ago Afoonah

I can't thank you enough for this recipe. So creamy and wonderful. My kids love it and it will be such a help to our home when school starts! Previous recipes failed me and were a mess. Thank You!!!

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almost 2 years ago Sarah Williams 1

If we used one of the small crockpots, would need to put it in a measuring bowl, or can it just be put straight in the crock?

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almost 2 years ago jocelyng

In my experience, it's much easier to clean a measuring cup than the crock pot. The overnight cooking makes a gummy ring.

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almost 2 years ago Mickey0627

The oatmeal tends to burn around the edges and the bottom if it's put directly in the crockpot.

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almost 2 years ago Minda Wei

I have a 1.5 quart one with a removable bowl, and putting it directly in works fine for me. It does get a little crusty around the sides, but I wouldn't call it burnt.

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over 1 year ago PlantGrrrl

Sarah, have you used the crock pot liners? They are made for a dish like this.

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almost 2 years ago Mickey0627

This was GREAT! I used 3/4 cups oats. Not soupy, but not too thick either. Just perfect!

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almost 2 years ago Meglion

Oh my ever-loving goodness, this was delicious. It stayed warm until I was ready to eat it, and it's creamy, yes, but the oats have a little "pop" to them, almost like chia seeds after they've been soaking a long time. It is as warm and comforting a breakfast - and the best version of oatmeal - I've ever eaten.

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almost 2 years ago Robert Longenbaugh

For the non-crockpot option, do you fix the oats in the 4c jug and then put that into a pot with boiling water, just like you did with the crock pot? Or do you add the oats only to 2c boiling water and then let it sit overnight and add the milk in the morning? I made this in my crock pot last night and it came out perfectly, but it's not enough for my family of 5. I'm looking to see the best way to double it without having to get out another crock pot.

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almost 2 years ago ameulensteen

These were so delicious and super easy. Incredibly creamy consistency for steel cut oats--almost like a silky pudding. Plus, what's not to love about a receipt that says "and go to bed"?

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over 2 years ago TheLearningCook

This might be a stupid question but does this reheat ok if I don't eat it all the first day?

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over 1 year ago Eggplayer

My husband has steel cut oats every morning. He makes a really big batch in the crockpot http://fromaliceskitchen... and then stores what he doesn't eat in the fridge. Then, the next morning, he scoops out oatmeal into a microwave-safe bowl, adds his embellishments and then zaps it in the microwave. No problem. :-)

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over 2 years ago thepisceanchef

Someone mentioned a brand of organic steel cut oats in the comments section, that I had not heard of before. When I saw the comment, I found the brand on line, but failed to order them. Now I cannot recall the brand name. It is from a small farm. Can anyone help?

Thanks!

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over 2 years ago oregon cassie

This came-out great -- love learning new time- saving techniques for great food.

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almost 3 years ago Zim

I'd never thought about doing a water bath in the slow cooker. I'd been using Alton Brown's overnight oatmeal recipe, but had gotten sick of a big bunch of the oats burning to the bottom of my cooker. I've been too lazy to hack my slow cooker into a sous vide machine to combat the high temps of modern slow cookers.

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almost 3 years ago Geri

Would love to try but without the almond butter (allergy), would love to hear substitutions.....

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almost 3 years ago mward

You can add raisins, butter, honey or maple syrup afterward, or anything you would add to regular oatmeal.

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almost 3 years ago susan g

There are other 'butters' you might like, such as sesame tahini, sunflower butter, or - if you could have them - other nuts (or peanuts).

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almost 3 years ago rheg18

Can i use old-fashioned oats instead of steel-cut?

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almost 3 years ago mward

I haven't tried it, but I'd think you'd end up with a gooey mess. The point of cooking the steel cut oats this way is that they're a pain to cook on the top of the stove--they take a long time to cook and thy splatter. This way you don't have to deal with them except for the minute it takes to mix stuff together the previous evening and you have breakfast waiting for you in the morning. They're also supposed to be more healthy than old-fashioned, which take very little effort to prepare anyway.

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almost 3 years ago EveryoneIntoTheKitchen

I just acquired a slow-cooker and this was my first try with oatmeal. Based on my daughter's reaction this morning I'd say it's a keeper. I used 1% milk (it's what we drink) and substituted a Pyrex loaf pan for the measuring cup and it worked beautifully.

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about 3 years ago Head2Tail

Thank you so much for this recipe. This creamy, delicious, effortless hot cereal in the morning makes mornings at our house so much easier. One recipe feeds my husband, myself, and our twin one year olds (who thankfully never tire of good oatmeal). Has anyone tried cereals other than steel-cut oats?

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over 1 year ago Amy Skretta

I've done a breakfast quinoa with almond milk that is equally as delicious.

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over 3 years ago deedeebear

This is the first recipe I tried from this site and loved it. I've been gnawing my way through stove top steel cut oats for a while now and this technique transformed the oats into something more like pudding. Thank you for such a great recipe. I also love anything I can do the night before since I usually have a foggy brain in the morning.

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over 3 years ago Cookie16

I've added a little spoonful of jam or preserves in my steel cut oats with almond butter—a nice pb&j twist.