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Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats

Hearty, healthy and ready to customize, you can make a big batch of these slow cooker steel-cut oats and enjoy a different breakfast every morning – just add different mix-ins!
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Servings: 5, 1 cup servings
Skill level: Beginner

What you need

2 Tsp. unsalted butter or coconut oil
1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
6 1/4 cups water
1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 Tsp. salt
1/4 Tsp. ground ginger
Pinch ground cardamom
Spray nonstick cooking spray

How to prepare


Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add oats; toast, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes or until the oats smell slightly toasty. 

Spray 4- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Transfer oats to slow cooker. Stir in water, Coffee Mate, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cardamom.

Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 7 to 8 hours, stirring once or twice. Stir and loosen with a little water if needed. 

Ladle oats into bowls; top as desired.


Cook’s Tip

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in sealed container. Simply reheat in a microwave-safe bowl.

Optional toppings

brown sugar, raw honey, pure maple syrup, toasted chopped or sliced almonds, hemp seed, pepitas, sliced bananas, seasonal berries or sliced seasonal fruit or nut butters.