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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6 months ago Mitzi Allen

This has been our breakfast for many years! I triple the recipe and refrigerate so we can have more during the week. It's an instant breakfast! I cook it with some brown sugar and raisins. You can replace and add all sorts of things; apricots anyone? Prunes? Chocolate chips (ugh). Milk, cream, coconut milk, whatever you like. It's the very health oats that makes this satisfying breakfast.


7 months ago Anne Wong

I made these twice in the past month! It's lovely! Thanks so much for the recipe!


8 months ago Myrna Loy

How can you do just one serving?


8 months ago Diana Jordan

You could probably reduce quantities using a recipe conversion calculator like this one - http://www.cooks.com/rec... , but why? Steel cut oats store and reheat well. I live alone but when I make oatmeal I always make enough so I don't have to cook the next day (particularly if I'm coming down with a cold or something). It makes for a fast, easy meal without 'instant stuff'.


8 months ago Kimberly Anaya

Is this supposed to be covered with the lid? I'm confused


8 months ago Aenea Endymion

This is how I've been cooking mine, except in a Pyrex glass container (I don't recall off-hand how big it is, but I'd guess two large cups, vertical rather than horizontally wide), a 1/4 cup of oats, a chopped apple, and about a cup's worth of liquid.


8 months ago Nicole Morris-Clark

What's the nutrition info? I am a recently diagnosed diabetic and was wondering about the carbs specifically, especially with the added honey. Thanks!


8 months ago Jessica36

I use almond milk all the time and it works well


8 months ago cathy

Can I substitute almond milk?


8 months ago Debbie Tucker

This recipe was delicious. I used 2% milk and it still tasted wonderful. Next time, I think I will just use maple syrup or brown sugar to flavor and add pecans. The almond butter wasn't my favorite. But it was still very tasty and great to have ready to eat in the morning.


over 1 year ago robin lewis



over 1 year 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...


over 1 year ago Jackie Casey

Yes you do! This dish is awesome!


over 1 year 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.


over 1 year ago Jessica36

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


over 1 year ago missbellpepper

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


about 2 years 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!!!


over 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?


over 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.


over 2 years ago Mickey0627

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


over 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.


about 2 years ago PlantGrrrl

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


over 2 years ago Mickey0627

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


over 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.


over 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.


over 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"?


almost 3 years ago TheLearningCook

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


about 2 years 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. :-)