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If you struggle to find time in the morning to cook yourself a healthy breakfast, then please allow me to introduce you to banana bread Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats. This healthy crock pot oatmeal recipe is the closest thing you’ll find to living in a bed and breakfast. Simply stir the ingredients together the night before, set your slow cooker to low, and in the morning, you’ll awake to the heavenly scent of warm cinnamon floating through your home. 

Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal in a white bowl topped with bananas

If I ignored the dishes, I’d feel a little like I had a personal breakfast chef.

I discovered this method for cooking steel-cut oats in the crock pot the year a series of unfortunate events left us without a stove for almost three months.

I’ll spare you the details, but suffice to say that without a proper cooktop or oven, I embraced my slow cooker with a passion I didn’t realize I could muster for an appliance.

I’d seen overnight steel cut oatmeal recipes floating around the web for ages, but most were for the cold variety that soaks overnight in the refrigerator. (Check out my version of Overnight Steel Cut Oats!)

While I do adore regular overnight oats (these Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats and this Sugar Cookie Overnight Protein Oatmeal are two favorites), in the winter months, I crave my oatmeal hot.

The issue: On weekday mornings, I’m usually too busy or too unmotivated to stand at the stove and wait for steel cut oatmeal to simmer. My priorities are coffee and finding a pair of socks that match.

The solution: Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats!

2 bowls of overnight steel cut oats next to fresh bananas and cinnamon sticks

What Are Steel Cut Oats

If you’ve never had steel cut oats, prepare yourself for a serious oatmeal upgrade.

  • Steel cut oats (whole oats that have been cut into a few pieces) are significantly less processed than instant oats, which are steamed, pressed, ground, and otherwise obliterated.
  • This means that, unlike instant oatmeal, which has all the flavor and texture of a pile of wet sawdust (oatmeal skeptics, I can sense your nods of understanding), steel cut oatmeal has a hearty, pleasing texture and nutty taste.
  • As a bonus, because steel cut oats take your body longer to break down, they keep you fuller too.

The one downfall of steel cut oats is that, if you make them day of, they can take 30 minutes or longer to cook on your stovetop, which is about 26 minutes longer than I’m willing to wait for my breakfast on an average morning.

Making overnight steel cut oats in the slow cooker solves the problem.

All of the steel cut oatmeal magic happens in the slow cooker overnight, so in the morning, the only waiting you’ll do is for the coffee to brew. (Another example of overnight recipe magic: Crockpot Egg Casserole!) 

slow cooker full of cooked overnight steel cut oats

Flavoring Steel Cut Oats

On its own, oatmeal can be pretty bland, but with a few little tricks, you can turn it into a crave-worthy breakfast.

  • To give my banana bread overnight steel cut oats some pizzazz, I took inspiration from my favorite healthy banana nut muffins, adding mashed ripe bananas, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the oats before they cooked.

The result was a filling, healthy breakfast with the cozy flavor of freshly baked banana bread.

Going along with the Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats banana bread theme, I couldn’t stop myself from topping my bowl with extra banana slices and walnuts.

Combined with the bananas that were mixed into the crock pot oatmeal, this steel cut oats recipe has just the right amount of sweetness for me.

  • If you prefer your oatmeal on the sweeter side, I suspect a drizzle of pure maple syrup or honey will do the trick. Chocolate chips and a giant dollop of peanut butter wouldn’t hurt either.
  • For those who prefer to keep the overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats plain, you can swap the mashed banana for unsweetened applesauce or a few extra splashes of milk to ensure they do not dry out.

Tips for Slow Cooker Overnight Oats Success

  • Either be VERY generous with the nonstick spray or use a crock pot liner. Steel cut oats like to stick.
  • Use regular, long cooking steel cut oats like these ONLY. Any other kind of oatmeal (including quick-cooking steel cut oats, regular rolled oats, quick oats, and the aforementioned instant oatmeal) can’t stand up to the hours in the slow cooker and will degrade into total mush.
  • Every slow cooker is different. If your slow cooker runs hot or does not have a function to switch to “off” or “keep warm” after the cooking time is through, you risk overcooking or even burning the edges of the steel cut oatmeal. If this is the case, my suggestion is to make the slow cooker steel cut oats during the day when you can keep an eye on it, and then reheat it the next morning. This guarantees perfect crock pot oatmeal, and you still have the make-ahead benefit.
  • Hack if you are REALLY worried about the edges burning: stir together the steel cut oatmeal ingredients inside a large casserole dish that will fit inside your slow cooker. Pour a little water in the bottom of the slow cooker, and then place the dish inside (the water should go about halfway up the side of the dish). This creates a water bath and allows a longer cook time.

Other Favorite Steel Cut Oats Recipes

  • Pumpkin lovers will flip over these Pumpkin Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats. Bonus: Kids love them too—my 2 1/2-year-old niece eats them daily.
  • I’m also a fan of stirring in a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder into my oatmeal to make it even more filling.
  • Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats. Ideal for making perfect steel cut oatmeal in less time.
  • Also, steel cut oats can be made on the stovetop! Here is how to make the PERFECT bowl of Steel Cut Oats.
2 bowls of overnight slow cooker steel cut oats topped with sliced bananas

How to Store Leftover Oatmeal

This recipe makes a big batch of slow cooker oatmeal, which I guarantee you will be happy to have on hand.

  • You can store leftover overnight slow cooker steel cut oats in the refrigerator for almost a week, and in the freezer for months. To reheat, simply mix your desired portion of steel cut oats with a little water or milk and warm it in the microwave.
  • For meal-prep ease, I also like to freeze my leftover crock pot oatmeal in portioned containers and place a few in the refrigerator to thaw at the beginning of each week. I love waking up knowing that I’m just a few minutes away from a warm, healthy bowl of steel cut oatmeal, with no work beyond lifting my spoon required.

Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with Banana

4.48 from 117 votes
Overnight slow cooker steel cut oats that cook while you sleep! With banana, cinnamon, and warm spices, this easy crock pot oatmeal tastes like your favorite banana bread. Just put the ingredients in your slow cooker and in the morning, breakfast is served!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 10 minutes

Servings: 6 servings



  • Place all of the ingredients except the toppings in the bottom of a 4-to-6-quart slow cooker and stir to combine: Steel cut oats, water, milk, mashed bananas, flaxseed meal, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours (overnight) or on high for 4 hours, until the oats are soft but maintain a bit of chew. Remove cover and stir to evenly combine the ingredients. Enjoy warm with desired toppings.



Overnight steel cut oats can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 2 months. To reheat, top desired amount with a few tablespoons of water or milk, then warm in the microwave or in a small saucepan until hot. If the oatmeal is frozen, let thaw overnight in the refrigerator first.
*The ground flaxseed meal I added for a nutritional boost. If you don’t have it or do not wish to add it, simply omit it. You can also substitute chia seeds or hulled hemp seeds.


Serving: 1(of 6, without toppings—about 1 1/4 cups)Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 28mgFiber: 6gSugar: 1gCalcium: 139mgIron: 2mg

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  1. I just got on the slow-cooker overnight oats train about three weeks ago myself, and holy moly it’s  game changer. Nothing like waking up to hearty oats waiting for you (and that smell!!!) Can’t wait to try your version – bananas sound heavenly! 

  2. I need more of these recipes in my life! I am a BIG fan of anything banana bread flavored! Also, I wanted to tell you that I was thinking of you yesterday when you posted about your father’s birthday. Just know that his love will continue to shine through you. Love you friend! 

  3. Believe it or not, I JUST came into possession of a slow cooker thanks to project cohabitation :) And I’ve been dying to try overnight steel cut oats! Also, your new dark wood backdrop is totally dreamy. 

    1. Hello!
      I’ve been eating this recipe every morning for almost 3 weeks now. I first made it with coconut almond milk in place of the milk, the second time I replaced th he milk entirely with water. The taste is still full, and lost no “mouth feel” as my husband says. Very forgiving recipe. Whenever I’ve made the recipe without milk or butter I’ve upped the amount of cinnamon and vanilla.

      I’ve played around with this recipe a great deal, always using the core ingredients, but I found I’m able to throw handfuls of dried cranberries, whatever raisins, nuts, and even a couple of diced up Granny Smith apples.5 stars

      1. I’m so excited to hear this Cynthia! Thanks so much for sharing your review and all of the different ways you’ve customized the recipe. It’s so great to read and helpful for others too.

    2. We tried it with soy milk and it was awful. Had to be thrown out. So maybe some non-dairy milks would work but I wouldn’t recommend that one. We are making it again tonight with whole milk!

      1. Thanks for reporting back, Renee. I’m sorry to hear your experiment with soy milk was unsuccessful! I hope you love the next batch.

  4. Hi Erin, this looks so good – I want some right now!!  Hubbybwas just asking for a batch of oatmeal…we’ll give your a try!

  5. I love slow cooking steel cut oats! It’s the best way to eat them. Great recipe, dear!

  6. I love the taste of steel cut oats the best, but like you said, aint nobody got patience for them in the morning!  I love that I can wake up to the delicious smell of banana oatmeal and not have to actually make a mess in the kitchen!  This recipe is da bomb :)

  7. I’d definitely take you up on that chocolate and peanut butter addition! Something about that Elvis combo of banana, chocolate, and PB is just irresistible :)

  8. This looks fantabulous, my dear! I might not be able to enjoy it sadly on account of the bananas, but I do know the wee one and the husband would devour it for days!

  9. I completely agree with you on steel cut oats. While I love oatmeal. I find steel cut oats, with their nutty bite, far more enjoyable. Plus the slow cooker method rocks. I used to stand at the stove stirring adn sitrring. We enjoyed every bite, but the standing and stirring got old, and so did I. Then I discovered the oven-method – from Marion Cuinningham, I think. From there it was a short hop to the (as we used to call it) the crock pot. What a great method. I love your additions of flaxseed and spices. These sound wonderful. Eat your oats!

  10. Always looking for a great overnight oats recipe; the banana bread flavor sounds amazing; looking forward to making it :)

  11. I made this last night.  I was a little underwhelmed when I found that it had stuck to the pot and was pretty bland.  A little coconut oil would prevent the sticking and add richness.  I added some to my serving and it was great.  Also, I know many people like to sweeten their oatmeal after serving, but I have an 8 yr old who serves herself.  She is not allowed to add sugar, honey, maple syrup, candied ginger or banana chips on her own.  I learned my lesson long ago.  I added a little brown sugar (I only needed 2 Tablespoons for the whole pot) and she loved it.  We are taking this recipe to the slopes next weekend.  It’s perfect for bunch of skiers!

    1. Carolyn, I’m sorry that this flavor didn’t hit the spot for you exactly as written, but I’m glad that coconut oil and brown sugar did the trick. That sounds fabulous! Enjoy it on your ski trip too. That sounds like a fun trip, and I love that this recipe will be coming along with you!

  12. I made this last night, too.  I have kids so I added a little brown sugar.  The flavor was very good, but the texture was pretty gloopy.  Much of the oatmeal ended up dark brown and stuck to the sides of the slow cooker.  I was hoping for a little more chew to the oats.  Just hard to adjust cook time when you’re sleeping :)

    1. DJ, I’m sorry you had trouble with the oatmeal sticking! I didn’t run into that, but I did a bit of reading and discovered a method for preventing it—mix the ingredients in a large, heatproof casserole dish that fits inside of your slow cooker. Then, fill the slow cooker with enough water to come half way up the sides of the dish, gently place the dish inside, and cook the entire thing in a water bath. I hope that helps! I plan to test the recipe that way next time myself. Does your crock pot have an automatic off switch? Setting the timer for less time may help with the texture too. 

  13. I’d love to try this but wondering if there is something I could substitute for the ground flaxseed meal? Thanks! 

    1. Hi Alisha! You can simply omit the flaxseed meal or swap it for another “super food” mix-in ingredient like hemp seeds or chia seeds. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  14. I made this last night with a couple of variations from previous posters. I added 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of brown sugar. It turned out so good!! I’ve added a small amount of raisins, chocolate chips and sunflower butter as a topping and it’s just perfect! Thank you!!5 stars

    1. Lindsay, I am so excited to hear this! Thanks for letting me know and sharing your tips for others making the recipe too.

      1. You’re welcome! Had leftovers this morning and they heated up with a bit of milk perfectly. I used just raisins this time and it was just as tasty. Will definitely be making this one again! Thanks Erin!

        1. I was hoping to go completely sugar free on this recipe but it definitely needs some. So I added about 1/4 cup honey. I also used unsweetened coconut milk since I’m lactose intolerant. Can’t wait to heat it up tomorrow morning! 4 stars

  15. Sadly, I read this and realized you cannot use quick cook steel cut oats! If I do, would you have any suggestions as how to modify the recipe? 

    1. April, if you want to use quick cooking, I would suggest cooking them on the stovetop according to the package instructions. You can always mix in the mashed banana and spices to create a similar effect. Unfortunately, quick cooking oats will turn to goo in the slow cooker. The other option would be to try reducing the cooking time significantly, but since I’ve never tried this recipe with quick cooking oats, I can’t give you an exact time.

    2. I’ve used quick steel cut tons of times overnight. The package says 1.5 hrs on low. Its even a little firm in my instant pot/slow cook mode. So increase liquid some. Worth a try!

  16. Have you ever tried this w/ dried bananas? Bananas don’t last long in my house, but I do have a bag of bananas I dehydrated myself.

    1. Anna, I haven’t so I can’t say for certain how that would turn out. The ripe bananas add both moisture and sweetness to the oatmeal, so the final result would definitely be different. The dried bananas won’t mix in with the oats the way ripe, mashed bananas do. I’d suggest starting with mashed bananas, then decide how you’d like to customize the oatmeal from there!

  17. I’m trying to work with some gluten free rolled oats I have (I see that it says not to substitute these). I’m new to the slow cooking game, cooking in general if I’m honest, so is there any particular reason for not using rolled? Is it just a texture thing, or will the taste be wrong? I really wanna try out this recipe

    1. Hi Sarah! Rolled oats won’t work for this recipe because they have such a short cooking time, they’ll turn to total goo if left in the slow cooker overnight.  If you want to use rolled oats, I would suggest cooking them on the stovetop according to the package instructions. You can always mix in the mashed banana and spices to create a similar effect. Unfortunately, quick cooking oats will turn to goo in the slow cooker. The other option would be to try reducing the slow cooker time significantly, but since I’ve never tried this recipe this way, I can’t give you specifics. I hope you are able to find a way to make this recipe work for you!

  18. Do you think you could double or triple this recipe for a large group in a standard sized crockpot?

    1. Hi Chelsea! I’ve never tried this recipe doubled or tripled—my guess is that you would be safe with doubled, but I’m not sure about tripled. Big batches of things can sometimes not cook the same way. If you need a really, really big batch, perhaps you could borrow a slow cooker from a friend and have two batches going at the same.

  19. This recipe essentially was my introduction to steel-cut oats, and I was looking for something–like you–that didn’t take forever and a day when I wanted something fast. I liked the efficiency it provided but might adjust upwards the “banana bread” components to get more of that flavor–especially the bananas. I really like the way it reheats–thank you for the tip on adding milk/water during the reheating to help loosen it up. 2 T (milk) added to one cup of the final product, then heated on high for 3 minutes (stir after two) seemed to be a good combination for me.

    Thank you!5 stars

    1. John, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for the specific tip on reheating the leftovers too.

    1. Hi Rick! Please see the answer to Sarah’s question above—essentially, because rolled oats cook more quickly, they will turned to mush in the slow cooker. Steel cut is the way to go.

  20. Tried this last night for the first time and was disappointed with the texture… I’ve been eating steel cut oats for a while and didn’t expect them to turn so “mushy” in the slow cooker. The flavours were great, but the texture definitely was not. I followed the directions, using 4 cups of water and 2 cups of 1% milk. I had it on low for 8 hours. Would you have any suggestions to improve the texture? Less liquid? Doing the 4-hour version on high? I really like the flavour so I would like to make this work! Thanks

    1. Hi Isabelle! This sounds like the oats overcooked. Every slow cooker is different, and yours might be extra powerful. I would try cooking it for less time that specified in the directions (for either low or high heat) and see how that goes. You could also skip the slow cooker entirely and make the oats on the stovetop with milk (use a little less liquid than the amount specified on the package since you’ll be adding mashed bananas), and the other recipe ingredients (mashed bananas, spices, vanilla, etc.). I hope it goes better for you the next time!

    2. I too tried this last night with the same measurements of oats, milk, and water, and unfortunately I had the same mushy result. When I originally combined the ingredients, my husband and I agreed that we probably should have used two cups of oats and half the amount of water. However, we decided to trust the recepie and take it from there. Next time we will try more oats and less water. We love using our slow cooker and loved the idea of this warm, cozy breakfast. We do have a more basic cooker without the bells and whistles, but I’m sure it works all the same :) 

      1. Hi Hannah, I’m sorry to hear you experienced the same result. Every slow cooker seems to behave differently, so the amount of time needed to get the right texture can really vary depending on your model! If you do try less liquid, I’d love to know how it comes out.

      2. Hi Hannah! I accidentally set my crock to warm instead of low and they came out perfect! I think mine would have been overcooked had I not had this happy accident. You might want to give it a try!

  21. I ate this again this morning and have everyone at work questioning me about what I’m eating and how can I eat it every single day? This banana recipe is wonderful, I don’t remember ever eating the same food every day before but each time I have my oats they still “taste great and no desire to eat something else”. You know your hooked when you pass up the donuts at work, and other junk food. I’ve also noticed I eat a great deal less during the day since I started eating this recipe for breakfast. I’m up at 5:30 every single day, eat my banana oats around 8 .I graze on it all morning at my desk at work, I eat nothing coffee break snack, and most days I find its 3:00 and I’ve forgotten to eat my lunch. My clothes are fitting better, less muffin top. :)5 stars

    1. Cynthia, I am so so happy that you love this recipe so much! I get the same way about oatmeal myself. It’s also wonderful to hear how filling this is and that’s it helped you make positive healthy changes. HOORAY! Thank you so much for letting me know and taking time to leave this kind review. It truly means a lot!

  22. I just made this last night, but instead of using my slow cooker, I used the stove-top method. I brought the water/milk to a gentle boil, added the oats and brought them to a rolling boil. Once at a rolling boil, I reduced to a simmer and added the spice mixture. After about 20 minutes, I added the mashed banana and vanilla. After 10 more minutes I pulled the pot off the stove and let the oats sit until they reached room temp so I could place in the fridge. I had a bowl this morning and it was perfection! I only added 1tsp of light brown sugar to my serving this morning. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe. The spices were just right and the bananas added perfect sweetness.5 stars

    1. Ashley, I am so excited to hear that you enjoyed these flavors so much! Thanks for sharing your tips to cook the oats on the stovetop—I know it will be useful for many. Enjoy!

  23. I left the flax out because I didn’t have any and my oats are a soupy mess. I followed the recipe to the T and even let it cook on low for 8 and 1/2 hours. Should I have added more oats to compensate for the flax?

    1. I’m so sorry this didn’t turn out for you! While some readers have had the oats turn mushy due to overcooking (every slow cooker is a little bit different, so as with all slow cooker recipes, it’s important to be familiar with how quickly yours finishes food), soupiness has not been an issue. I do think that omitting the flax was part of it—next time you can add extra oats. Also, are you sure you used traditional (not quick cooking) steel cut oats and not old fashioned or quick oats? This recipe is designed to work with steel cut oats only.

  24. Just made this and it was fantastic!! So happy with the results. Doesn’t even need brown sugar for me!! I wanted to eat the whole pot!5 stars

  25. I made this last night and the only changes I made were adding 1 T. coconut oil and 2 T. brown sugar. And the only problem was that it smelled so good while it was cooking that it actually woke me up at 4am lol :) It was really good and super filling! I’ll be making this again for sure! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.4 stars

    1. Heather, I am so happy to hear this!! Thank you so much for trying the recipe out and taking time to stop back by and leave this lovely review. Enjoy every bite!

  26. Love steel cut oats but, like everyone else, I hate that they take so long to cook. Who has time for that in the madness that is most weekday mornings!?!?  Add the banana bread inspired flavors to cooking the steel cut oats overnight in the slow cooker and I’m in banana oatmeal heaven.  You are this week’s kitchen shortcut hero, Erin!  

    1. Agree with you on the time it takes to make steel cut oats Cat! I hope this recipe does the trick for you.

      1. I’ve been eating this oatmeal for breakfast all week!  It is so delicious and filling.  My favorite toppings have to be the peanut butter (homemade honey roasted PB) and chocolate chips with sliced bananas, though sliced banana and raw honey came in a close second.  Thanks for the reheating tip, that tablespoon of milk made all the difference.   Just put on a pot for next week.  I want to thank all the reviewers for the coconut oil and brown sugar suggestions.  With 2 T of each added in I didn’t have a problem with the oats sticking to the crock and the level of sweetness was just right considering all sweets I use for toppings :). Dessert for breakfast. Yum!

  27. im making this,tonight. I used coconut almond milk, do fingers crossed. I also used crock pot liner, so hopefully wont stick.

  28. I made this, it was wonderful! I would definitely recommend using a crock pot liner for easy cleaning up. No mess at all!4 stars

    1. Hi Jennifer! I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed this. Thanks so much for trying it and taking time to leave this lovely review!

  29. I’m going to make this tomorrow morning for breakfast. I know from sad experience that nothing can redeem overnight steel cut oats from my slow cooker. It must be super hot.  I’ve figured out that If I soak the oats overnight, they take just a fraction of the time they normally require on the stove. I’m sure they won’t be quite the same as your overnight oats are but I’ll never know and ignorance will be bliss! ?

    1. Hi Kathrina, it’s true…slow cookers can vary so much. It’s a bummer you had to find out from experience. The soaking tip is awesome; thank you for sharing! I hope you enjoy!

    2. I love this! It’s like eating dessert for breakfast. I think I would really like it with whipped cream on top! ;-) I made it on the stove after letting the oats soak in the liquid ingredients overnight. I added the mashed bananas and ground flaxseed just before cooking. It took about 20 minutes on the stove but that’s okay – gave me time to wrassle the kids, set the table, and find more milk!

      4.5 stars!5 stars

  30. Thank you for this recipe!!! I just made it last night and had some for breakfast today. The only things I didn’t add were the flax seeds or nutmeg since I didn’t have any on hand. I substituted extra cinnamon for the nutmeg and extra oats for the flax, sprayed the bottom of my crock pot with coconut oil and used unsweetened vanilla almond milk- cooked it on low for about 7 hours and it was perfect!!! I had no issues cleaning out my crockpot and the consistency was fine. I added a small dash of honey and a few walnuts to the top- I’m still full and look forward to eating it tomorrow and the rest of this week now. :)5 stars

    1. Hi Jen! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! :) Thanks for sharing your steps and substitutions and toppings! It sounds like a delicious bowl. I really appreciate your taking the time to leave this wonderful review!

  31. This was AMAZING! SOOO yummy. I skipped the cinnamon and the nutmeg but added 1 heaped tbsp. of honey and 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips after stirring it well. One last stir for the chocolate chips then didn’t touch it again so the chips would stay somewhat formed.

    Serving it I put on a tiny bit of brown sugar, a handful of chocolate chips, toasted walnuts and thinly sliced bananas and it was incredible!

    I had it on for more than 8 hours though as I slept in but the texture was fine. It sat for about an extra hour just keeping warm.5 stars

    1. Hi Sarah, thanks so much! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe! The chocolate chips sound delicious. Thank you for leaving this awesome review!

      1. Had it again today. Just as good too! I didn’t need the brown sugar. Just tossed on a few more Chipits milk chocolate chips, banana and those toasted walnuts, which I just fried up in the small fry pan till roasted. The walnuts not only added nutrition but some great flavour! Between those and the chocolate, it gave me my milk chocolate fix without a big hit of calories! Leaving out the nutmeg and cinnamon with these made this an entirely new taste experience. Let me know if you ever try it. Super tasty way to get chocolate in a modest way!

  32. This was my first time making steel cut oats, and I will definitely make this recipe again! It was a delicious way to use up ripe bananas and the steel cut oats a friend of mine gave me after she purchased them by mistake. Her loss, our gain! This makes mornings much easier too. I did it just like the recipe states. Very good…so good, in fact, that my two-year-old daughter requested more! Definitely a keeper!5 stars

    1. Hi Beth! Welcome to the world of steel-cut oats! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe and that it’s now a keeper for your family. Thank you so much for leaving this wonderful review!

  33. Awesome, Kathrina! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipes! Thanks for taking the time to report back and let us know how everything went. :)

  34. Hi there! I tried this and it smelled so good cooking! However, in the morning, it was so soupy! It just seemed wrong and looked nothing like the photo. Is it really this much liquid to only 1.5 cups oats? Help!

    1. Hello! Yes, the liquid amounts are correct. It sounds like an error with measuring or perhaps the type of oats used. It’s important that they are regular steel-cut oats (not old-fashioned oats or even quick-cooking steel cut).

    2. I had the exact same experience. All that liquid between the water and milk and nothing but a soupy great smelling soup in the crock pot. Soooo disappointed.

      1. Hi Robyn, I’m sorry to hear the recipe didn’t come out for you. I know it’s disappointing to try something new and not love it!

  35. I made this today. It was so delicious, I couldn’t help but to eat a bowl before bed! I would recommend doubling the spices. I do love cinnamon though, so maybe its just me! I sprinkled my bowl with extra cinnamon, some honey, and coconut flakes! SO GOOD!5 stars

    1. Honey and coconut flakes sound delicious! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Nora. Thanks so much for reporting back!

  36. Fabulous consistency! My crockpot runs a bit hot, but a little extra liquid solves that. Using your basic outline, I’ve switched it up to apple/cinnamon oatmeal as well. It’s fun to have a solid base to play around with. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe, Kerrie! Apple/cinnamon sounds delicious. Thank YOU for leaving this great feedback!

    2. Could you please tell how to adjust the recipe to apples and cinnamon? I don’t eat bananas due to the belly fat issue, but I want to try an over night oatmeal recipe.

      1. Nancy, I’m afraid I don’t know as I’ve never tried the recipe this way! You could experiment with using applesauce instead of the mashed banana, though it won’t be as sweet so you may want add in maple syrup. I’d also cut back on the liquid since applesauce is more liquidy than bananas. If you do decide to play around, I’d love to hear what you think! I do have this cold apple cinnamon overnight oatmeal recipe you might like:

  37. Came back to say I once again made this oatmeal, but this time put Pure Whey protein powder in. Did not really change the consistency or taste! So anyone looking to up their protein content without boring shakes, this is a tasty way! I just add a splash of half and half when hearing it up, because the protein absorbs some of the liquid. 5 stars

  38. Let me just start by saying I HATE oatmeal! And I just made my second batch this morning, which means you know its good!! I’ve never enjoyed oatmeal but this recipe is delicious, filling, and great for when you just need to pop something in the microwave on a busy morning. I discovered Erin’s blog in January and have made many recipes and have yet to be disappointed! :) Thanks Erin!5 stars

    1. Hi Olivia! I’m so happy you’re here, and I’m glad that you enjoy this oatmeal recipe! Thank you for taking the time to share and for the kind words about my recipes!

  39. Has anyone had a problem with the oats sticking or burning? I haven’t tried this recipe yet but another overnight recipe I tried burned and stuck no matter how often you stirred.

    1. Hi Susianne, a few other commenters mentioned that they added 1 or 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to the recipe to prevent sticking. I didn’t have any problems with sticking in my batch, but everyone’s slow cooker is different!

  40. Made this….delicious!  Used coconut milk instead of regular (ran out!!) and added an extra banana since I LOVE bananas! Woke up in the morning to a wonderful breakfast.  5 stars

    1. Alice, I’m so glad you enjoyed the oatmeal! Thanks for taking the time to report back and share your tweaks—I think coconut milk sounds delicious!

    1. Hi Melissa, I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the 21 day fix, but perhaps someone else here knows! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe!

  41. I added a little more than 1/4 cup of brown sugar, so it was sweet (I’d forgotten about the sweetness in the two bananas). I also put in 1 1/2 TBPs flax seed instead of the 3 TBPs, and it was good. I made this because I had seven bandannas on my counter that were going brown, so this was a good way to use two. :) I myself enjoyed the oatmeal – but I’m not a big fan of oatmeal in general, so I’ll have to see what the rest of my family thinks.
    Thanks for the recipe!4 stars

    1. Naomi, thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and taking the time to share your tweaks and feedback! I hope it’s a hit with your family too.

  42. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this oatmeal! I make a batch every Sunday and then eat it for breakfast all week long. I follow the recipe to a T except I leave out the flaxseed meal. And I only cook it for 4 hours on low in my crockpot…comes out perfect every time! I eat a serving with 2 tbsp of peanut butter and sliced banana and it is just so delicious and filling and hearty. Keeps me full until lunch time! My husband likes to add real maple syrup, coconut flakes, nuts or dried fruit to his. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!5 stars

    1. HOORAY Suzanne, I’m so glad to hear this recipe is a winner for your family! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this nice review. :)

  43. I made this as a surprise breakfast for overnight guests. They went crazy over the odor in the kitchen and raved over the taste.  All of us have been making it ever since. What a fabulous breakfast!!
    We use very ripe bananas for the sweetness. Perfect that way. 
    It stuck badly to the slow cooker so now I use a liner. 5 stars

    1. Barbara, I’m so glad to hear this recipe was a hit for you! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this great review.

  44. I made this recipe over the weekend and something just wasn’t right when I ate it. It smelled AMAZING when cooking, but when I ate it the next morning the after taste was really weird… The only difference I did was adding an extra banana because I had 3 and didn’t want to throw the one away, I also cooked it on high for 4 hours. Would the extra banana have anything to do with it…? Or would it have been the 2% milk I used? I love almond milk and have heard almond milk holds up a little better in the crock pot than regular milk..

    What do you think I did wrong to make the after taste not quite right…?? I really want to get this recipe right, it sounds terrific!

    Thank you!!!

    1. Karlyn, I’m honestly not sure! The milk wasn’t old was it? It could also have been that the bananas were really ripe and overpowered the oats and other flavors. Next time, I’d suggest making the recipe as directed and see if you are happy with the results. You can try these pumpkin slow cooker oats too if you like:

  45. No we had bought the milk the same day, ok I will try it with less bananas and see if that helps. Could it have been that I cooked it on high instead of low…? 

    Thanks and I will have to try that pumpkin one!

    1. Hi Karlyn! I’ve made these on high before and the flavor was fine. I’d try fewer bananas next time. I hope that helps!

    2. And one more thought! Be sure that your cinnamon and nutmeg are fresh and that you don’t overuse them. Too much nutmeg especially can throw the flavor off, because it’s a strong spice. I definitely would grate your own if you can, as it tastes much, much better. You can also try only adding 1/4 teaspoon to begin with, tasting it once the oats are done, then adding more if you like to taste.

  46. Just made this for my husband ,toddler and myself. Woke up to the best smelling breakfast this morning. We all enjoyed it even my picky 2 year old ate it! Thanks for sharing it so glad I came across it while searching for recipes!!4 stars

    1. HOORAY Meredith! Thanks for taking the time to leave this nice review—I’m so glad everyone in the family enjoyed it!

  47. Sounds great! Sorry for this silly question but I have a crock pot … is that the same thing as a slow cooker?  

  48. Quick question. I want to make this tonight to take to work in the morning for a breakfast potluck so I was wondering if you have ever doubled or tripled it? Would the bake time be the same?

    1. Hi Ellen, I think you would be safe to double it. I’ve never tried, but that would fit in the slow cooker just fine. Tripling would be a really big batch, and sometimes multiplying a recipe by that much can have odd results, so I’d start with doubling and see how it goes. The cooking time would be about the same, I think.

      1. Thank you for your quick reply. I just finnished putting it all together and I just doupled it. That should be enough to feed everyone. I will let you know how it turns out. I also made a small side of fruit (rasberries,blueberries, strawberries and blackberries) that my co-workers can add as well as bananas. Thank you for your recipe and I hope it turns out.

  49. I followed the recipe to a T but mine turned into a soupy mess of gluey, watery goop with burnt, boiling edges. My little kids wake me up a lot at night and I smelled the heavenly scent and was starving! But I can’t eat it! I’m so disappointed I could cry. My crockpot was a gift and it’s only got low and high and nothing else. It certainly doesn’t work for this recipe. I would experiment but I don’t want to waste my organic steel cut oats and I don’t think I could handle another night of that gorgeous smell only to have it not work. I might throw the whole crockpot through the window! ?? I rated it lower because it’s not a recipe that works for everyone, looks like a lot of people had to make adjustments of some sort, and it didn’t work at all for me. The idea was brilliant though! 2 stars

    1. Hi Laura, I’m sorry the recipe didn’t come out for you. As you already noticed in the comments, many people have had success, but every slow cooker seems to be different! I know it’s disappointing to try a recipe and not have it come out, so I truly wish you would have enjoyed this.

  50. Hi- followed the banana recipe to the letter – but doubled it.  Came out perfect, great texture, smelled yummy!  The only strange thing was the color of the bananas- they looked like bits of ham- pinkish Brown- their texture was as expected and they tasted good- but didn’t look very appetizing- any thoughts?  Thanks!

    1. Hi Rick, I’m not sure what may have caused that, as it’s never happened to me before! Perhaps the bananas were extra ripe? I’m glad to hear that it was delicious regardless!

  51. I love this so much! It’s absolutely perfect for breakfast. I get up super early for work and right now just make some microwaved egg whites and a handful of berries. Which is fine but gets old after a while. This sounds absolutely amazing and healthy. Perfect to take to work with me. AND, I have a few containers of steel cut oats that I haven’t used yet. So this is perfect for pantry cleanout too!

  52. Hi, Erin! I made this over the weekend it was fantastic! I’m excited that I have another slow cooker oatmeal option. I added peanut butter, toasted pecans, and a swirl of maple syrup to it. Very filling! Thanks for creating this recipe.5 stars

    1. Hooray Stefanie, I’m glad to hear this was a hit! Your additions sound amazing. Thanks for taking the time to report back!

  53. …just wanted to say thanks for sharing your recipe! It made for a hot and delicious “Brinner”, after a long Wednesday evening of Church and Choir Practice. Our whole family enjoyed it, including the kids. Thanks Again! ?5 stars

  54. Hi Erin! I recently stumbled across your blog and I am in love!!!! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. I was wondering if you could tell me if it is absolutely necessary to put the ground flaxseed meal in this recipe? I have all the other ingredients except for this one. Thank you!

    1. Hi Sarah, you can definitely omit it if you don’t have it. And see the notes section below the recipe for some additional substitutions you could make.) Enjoy!

  55. Happy accident! I was using a new crockpot and managed to set it to warm instead of low. Was a little concerned when I woke up and didn’t smell the sweet banana bread aroma I was expecting. They actually came out wonderful!!! No sticking at all, liquid all absorbed, and honestly a perfect texture. It was only cooking for about 6 hours. Am thinking I will just continue to do them this way from now on. Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes!!!They have all been hits!!!5 stars

    1. Hi Trista, I’m so glad the oatmeal still came out! Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try and taking the time to report back.

  56. I’ve been looking for a really good and this hit the spot. It does have a really good banana nut flavor but you can top it with so many things.5 stars

    1. Hi Irma! I think you could do that if you cut the recipe down to 1/3 or 1/4 of the original amount. It would be experimenting though, as I’ve never tested it this way myself. If you decide to play around, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  57. I’ve never made meal in the crockpot but I certainly love others who’ve tried this. I ended up doing it on high for four hours and it was perfect! Being new to the oatmeal craze steel cut is the way to go. Many thanks for this wonderful recipe. I can’t wait to try it next with some coconut oil, that sounds superb. 4 stars

  58. I’m sad b/c this was the 2nd time I’ve made this, and it came out not tasting good. I followed the recipe to the tee. The nutmeg seems to be the culprit even though I bought the whole kind that I needed to zest myself. Not sure what happened. Any ideas? It also burned on the bottom even though I got up in time to turn the crockpot to Warm from Low.1 star

    1. Hi Jill, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the oatmeal! If the nutmeg isn’t a flavor you enjoy, you can certainly leave it out. Everyone’s slow cooker seems to cook differently—yours may run a little hot if the bottom burned. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not have it come out, so I truly wish you would have loved this!

  59. THIS.  IS.  MAGIC. HA!  I believe I have made this 5X in the last month as we’ve had company for the holidays & everyone is OBSESSED w/ it.  It is DELICIOUS!!!  We did add a little brown sugar to each serving & topped w/ all sorts of dried fruits, fresh fruits, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips, nuts etc etc…we are HOOKED.  Thank you so much for this AMAZING recipe.  Freezes wonderfully as well for a quick healthy breakfast!  MAKE THIS!!!!!5 stars

  60. Hi!  I’m hoping to make a large portion for my preschool class next week when we read The 3 Bears (it will be our porridge;). Do you think it would work if I just triple everything?  Do you suggest any alterations to the recipe?

    Thank you so much!  Excited to try it!

    1. Hi Lisa! What a fun idea! I’ve never tried this recipe tripled—my guess is that you would be safe with doubled, but I’m not sure about tripled. Big batches of things can sometimes not cook the same way. If you need a really, really big batch, perhaps you could borrow a slow cooker from a friend and have two batches going at the same. I hope you enjoy!

  61. Hi Erin, I came across this recipe last year and loved it. I have made it many times. I have tried several other oatmeal recipes, as I love oatmeal, but I believe this is my favorite, and I thought you should know!! My husband who is not fond of oatmeal, if you can believe that, thinks it’s pretty good! Thank you so much!5 stars

  62. Hi Erin! I’m so excited to try this recipe, one quick question, I’m looking for a nonstick spray alternative that’s not a liner, do you think adding butter to the recipe or coating the slow cooker in butter or coconut oil etc will do the trick?

    1. Hi Naomi! I haven’t tried it myself, but other readers have added coconut oil to the recipe and not had trouble with sticking. I hope that works for you too if you decide to give it a try!

    1. Carolo, did you use regular steel cut oats—not quick-cooking steel cut, old fashioned, or any other kind? I’m sorry it didn’t come out! I haven’t had issues with it being liquidy before. No matter what though, I know it’s disappointing not to have a recipe come out as expected, so I wish it would have been perfect for you!

  63. This is THE best oatmeal I’ve ever had. I followed directions exactly, other than using coconut milk instead of skim and ground nutmeg. Perfect texture and flavor combination. I topped mine with dark chocolate chips, walnuts, and peanut butter. Amazing that it’s only sweetened by the bananas! Perfect way to start the day. Thanks for a keeper recipe!5 stars

    1. Hi Paula, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the recipe! Are your spices fresh? Sometimes that can be a culprit. Many other readers have loved the recipe, but I know everyone has different tastes, so I truly wish you would have loved it.

  64. I made this recipe on the “KEEP WARM” setting for 5.5 hours, and it was perfect. I hope you will consider adding that suggestion to the instructions. So many people reported that their oatmeal turned into soupy mush, and it’s such an easy fix! Also, maybe you could list what brand/type of crockpot you used? That way we have an idea if our cooking time will be similar to yours.

    I added 2TBSP maple syrup, and 1 T coconut oil. I used a mix of almond milk/ flax milk/ 1% milk. I added half an apple, and 2/3cup walnuts to the cooker (so we don’t add any topping later, since my kids serve themselves when they wake up.) I used dried nutmeg 1/4t, and added 1/2t of pumpkin pie spice. It was delicious!

    I currently have a Proctor Silex, however my last slow cooker required using the “keep warm” for oatmeal also. I saw that only two other posters mentioned this- I hope this tip will help someone else.

    Prior to cleaning a messy slow cooker, I always fill it with water, then set it on high for an hour. It becomes much easier to clean after you boil water in it, and it avoids having to use liners.

    Lastly, my crockpot does not have a timer, so I use my own plug-in timer that goes into the wall, and I set for 5.5 hours. It’s like the timer for outdoor Christmas lights, but it’s small and only $10 at any store. (We use this timer on our living room lights when we’re out of town, to deter burglars.)

    Thanks for the recipe. Sorry for the long comment! :)4 stars

    1. Hi Donna! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, and thanks for sharing your tips too! I do link to the model of slow cooker I use if that info is helpful (it’s under the “Recommended Tools” heading in the blog post).

  65. I would like to make this as a banana bread loaf. I would like to put it in a loaf pan in water in my crock pot. My loaf pan is 9 x 5 inches. How long do should I cook it ?

    I made this about 3 years ago and it was amazing. I just can’t remember how long I cooked it for. Thanks for your help.

    1. Dorothy, you mean you baked the oatmeal in a loaf pan? I honestly have never tried this, so I’m afraid I can’t advise you here. If you do try it though, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  66. This was fabulous!! I made mine during the day and did not take 4 hours of was done at 2 1/2 to 3 hours and smelled amazing…just like banana bread!!! I added chopped banana and granola mix with raisins and almonds when it was done. The only substitute I made was that I did not have flaxseed on hand so I used a super grain blend of buckwheat, tri-color quinoa, and millet. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!5 stars

  67. This was the most delicious oatmeal! I didnt have the ripe bananas but added fruit after. I ate this all week at work!

  68. This was so delicious! For anyone wanting to use old fashioned oats. It took 5 hours and came out perfect!

    1. Hi Andrea, I would recommend still checking the recipe for doneness within the time frame given, but it should be able to go longer in the crock pot without burning.

  69. I made this two days ago and I have to say it came out great. I wanted to keep and eye on it so I made it during the day. My old crock pot must run hot because on low it was done in 4 1/2 hours. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of flax seed, which I did not have on hand. I have to say it made a lot. There are three in my family and after 2 days of breakfast I still have some in the fridge. It warms up quite easily. My weakness is with fresh blueberries and maple syrup. I used McCanns steel cut oats which cost a little more but are worth it.5 stars

    1. Hi Teresa, I added the ground flaxseed meal for a nutritional boost. If you don’t have it or do not wish to add it, simply omit it. I suggest substituting chia seeds or hulled hemp seeds. I hope this helps!

  70. How many nutritious elements breakdown in a slowcooked oats after a night of continuous cooking? Otherwise, a fabulous idea!

    1. Hi Anna! I’m not familiar with any nutritional elements that are broken down in oatmeal after being cooked in the slow cooker. I hope this helps!

  71. In a word: disappointing

    It was just very bland and watery. If I did it again I’d reduce the water by half a cup and up the spices.

    Also it made a ton. Now I’m left with a bucketful of bland watery goop. I should have halved the recipe.2 stars

    1. Hi Matt, I’m sorry this recipe didn’t work out for you. I know it can be disappointing to try a new recipe and not have it work out, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

    1. Hi Gennifer! This recipe has about 7g of protein per serving as written, but other readers have added protein powder with success to increase this amount. I hope this helps!

  72. I made the recipe as written initially. It was bland for my taste.  I needed to add sweetener, used maple syrup also added Craisins and golden raisins.2 stars

    1. Hi Kealy, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the flavor. You can certainly adapt the sweetness based on your personal preferences. I hope you were able to enjoy the recipe!

    1. Hi Kelly, did you use regular steel cut oats? I’m very sorry it didn’t turn out! I haven’t had issues with it being too liquidy before. Either way, I know it’s disappointing not to have a recipe come out as expected, so I wish it would have been perfect for you!

  73. I made this last night. Followed the recipe exactly. However, I have a HUGE crockpot. I think it’s an 8 qt one. I was worried that it would burn if it was on low for 7-8 hours. After reading the reviews, I decided to put it on the keep warm setting for the night. It came out PERFECT when I woke up this morning. So, for me, 10 hours on keep warm for a very large crockpot was it! Thanks so much for this recipe. Perfect for this rainy N.C. morning. And my kids loved it. Can’t beat that!!!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit, Nichole! Thank you for taking the time to share your settings and this kind review!

  74. I accidentally put the peanut butter in the slow cooker while cooking. Do you think it will come out ok still ? (Fingers crossed) 

  75. I made these oats last night and they are delicious.  I rubbed the crockpot with coconut oil and proceeded with the recipe as written.  I added some chia seeds because it’s what I had.  My crockpot runs hot so the oatmeal was done in 5 hours.  No sticking because of the coconut oil.  I cooked separately some quinoa and Kamut and added it in and portioned out the oatmeal and froze it all.  Easy recipe and utterly delicious on this cold morning.  Thank you so very much.  5 stars

  76. I think this recipe is fine if you, like me, have some steel cut oats to use up and don’t want to stand over the pan stirring them. But even I found the end result really bland and without any of the sweetness I love about banana bread, even when I added syrup on top. The oats have a nice texture that I enjoy but even making this with three ripe, medium-sized bananas and extra cinnamon left me with a pretty tasteless dish.2 stars

    1. Hi Liz! I’m sorry to hear that this fell short of your expectations. I (and other readers) enjoyed the flavor of these oats, so I really wish you would’ve too. In the future, you could adjust the spices or add sugar as needed to suit your tastes. I hope this helps!

  77. Made a batch yesterday. They were done after about 3 1/2 hours on high. Had a little sticking so just need to be more generous with the spray. Enjoying my first bowl this morning- amazing! Tastes like banana bread and I only used 1 1/2 bananas. Added a splash of maple syrup for sweetness. Looking forward to a week of delicious and healthy breakfasts. 5 stars

  78. I am looking forward to trying this recipe tonight. But for the sake of our environment and future generations, please please please remove the recommendation to use a slow cooker liner!

    1. Hi Jackie! I do try to use the liners sparingly, but every now and then, I appreciate the convenience. Thank you for the reminder to be aware of how much plastic we use! You can certainly choose to not use a liner for this recipe (just make sure you coat your slow cooker with lots of nonstick spray). I hope you enjoy it!

  79. Oh my goodness! I don’t know how this tastes so indulgent, yet it’s so healthy. I used unsweetened almond milk for the milk and chia seeds instead of flax meal.. other than that, I made the recipe as stated. Thank you for this healthy recipe!5 stars

  80. This recipe is truly amazing. I’ve been eating it three weeks straight and am not tired of it yet!5 stars

  81. Made this last month when my daughter and her boyfriend visited. It was such a hit. I’m making it again today. I also added a chopped Granny Smith to the mix. I sprayed the crock pot with a non stick spray and had no problems with sticking.5 stars

  82. Hello!
    I tried this out myself and loved the results. I’d love to teach this to my preschool class, but we’re doing everything virtually at the moment. May I have your permission to teach this to my kids if all credit goes to you? It’s been so difficult to produce meaningful content and I think cooking brings families together, especially when you wake up to the smell of banana “bread”! Thanks4 stars

    1. Hi Shannon, I’m honored! What a neat idea! Yes, you can certainly teach this recipe to your students. I hope it will be a hit!

    1. Hi Tammy, I’m sorry to hear that this recipe didn’t turn out as you’d hoped. I (and other readers) enjoyed the texture of the oats, so I wish it would’ve been a hit for you too!

  83. Just had to tell you that I love this recipe and make it all the time. I have tried it with banana bread toppings but I actually love it with fresh berries. Thanks!!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed it, Lara! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  84. I made this and it came out amazing!

    I used my Kitchen Aid to mash the bananas, and added cinnamon, vanilla, Chia seeds, and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar to the bananas, then mixed that in with all the other ingredients in the slow cooker.

    The nutty, smooth taste is soooo worth the ten minute prep!

    And. . . it’s so economical!

    Thank you!5 stars

  85. I was dying to try this, as I’m a healthy eating oatmeal lover :-) I slow cooked on low setting for 3 hours. Knowing my crockpot runs hot and usually cooks things in half the time of what the recipe says, I made sure to check before falling asleep at 11:30pm and it was done. The only thing I changed was I only used 1 banana, I added chia seeds (so they were in that gel-like tapioca state, which I don’t mind) & about 1Tablespoon of raw honey & the flavor was delicious. I wanted to eat a bowl so badly right then but I’m trying to stick with an intermittent fasting schedule so I took a tiny smidge to make sure it was ok. I will add yogurt & berries on top in the morning !! I can tell it will need more milk when I reheat but now I’ll be dreaming of my delicious bowl of oatmeal in the morning! :-)5 stars

  86. I would love to try this with my family at Thanksgiving, but can I leave the bananas out? Will that change the amount of liquid I need to add? I would like to make it, then put all the toppings to the side, like a buffet style so each person can add their own flavors. :)

    1. Hi Kelli! I haven’t tried this recipe without the bananas, but you could experiment with it. The bananas do add moisture, so you may need to add some liquid to the oats. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  87. This is one of the best recipes I’ve used. Almost like a pudding. I add 1/2 cup raisins. It is my favorite breakfast and very healthy. Thanks for adding it.5 stars

  88. made this recipe this weekend. when prison mike said they got fed nothing but gruel in prison, i think this is what he was talking about! i found the texture of this difficult to enjoy – sticky, gloopy, chunky mush. granted, this was my first attempt to make steel cut oats, so maybe i just need to expand my horizons a bit! i did let it go about 10 hours on low, and i feel like my slow cooker runs a bit hot even at low setting, so maybe i just overcooked it
    the bananas i used may not have been ripe enough, because this had very little sweetness as made. thanks to the author’s suggestions for toppings, and some other reader comments, adding in some almond butter, honey, etc. really helped.
    the great thing is that this recipe makes enough for 6 servings so i will be changing it up for breakfast each morning this week. going to try with some fresh fruit – apples, berries, etc.
    despite my difficulty enjoying the texture, with a few toppings this really is delicious, and it is definitely satisfying and filling. will make again!4 stars

  89. Fabulous! Next time will remember to butter sides of crockpot. Difficult to clean. I was skeptical because there’s so much liquid. Also I used apples instead of bananas. No particular reason other than I have a lot of apples. Naturally sweet enough. No sweetener needed. And sooo creamy. Thank you! I now have breakfast ready for a week. Just warm it up.5 stars

  90. I use a cheap timer to turn my crockpot on at 2, off at 6. You need to adjust timer to fit your time and now hot your crockpot gets. Works great.5 stars

  91. I was concerned about 6 cups of liquid to 1.5 cups of oats, but these were wonderful! I woke up on a cold rainy morning to a hot breakfast! I put blueberries on top and they were so good. Now I have breakfast for the week, too! Thanks so much for this recipe!5 stars

  92. Five stars even though I haven’t tried Erin’s particular recipe. I knew that steel cut oatmeal will stick or even burn if cooked directly in the pot. I had success with the water-bath method, but the only container that work was a 4- quart Pyrex measuring cut. Problem here is the handle, which decreases the amount of oatmeal I can cook at once. Then I tried a crockpot liner, and oh what a mess that was, trying scrape hot sticky oatmeal from all the folds in the liner. Perhaps liners aren’t one-size-fits-all and chose what ACE Hardware had in stock. Now I’m anxious to try the non-stick spray method. Let’s see how it comes out.5 stars

  93. I used the exact same Crock Pot as shown in the video on low for 8 hours, I followed the recipe exactly. Luckily I used a liner because the bottom burned terribly. I didn’t realize it right away and stirred it to mix in the liquid that was still remaining and unfortunately the burned part got all mixed in and made it inedible. Not sure what went wrong. Had to throw the whole thing away.2 stars

    1. I’m so sorry that you had trouble with this recipe sticking, Leslie. I know it’s frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out, so I truly wish it would’ve been a hit for you!

  94. Absolutely love love this recipe!!! I love steel cut oats so this was a no-brainer for me to try. I have made it at least 6 times, and myself and my grown daughter have totally enjoyed it every single time! I have made it using almond milk, oat milk and just regular milk, and all three have been delicious. I sometimes add a little brown sugar and maybe an extra super ripe banana that I have in the freezer. I always use a crockpot liner as the oatmeal does get thick and will stick to the crockpot, so this makes cleanup so much easier. Since all crockpots are different this will probably cook quicker or slower than someone else recipe. I suggest to check on in at 4-5 hours on low as it might already be done!! You can eat it as is, add fruit, nuts, granola, anything that you fancy. – Thats why its an awesome recipe – you can adjust it to your own taste. If you love steel cut oats please try this recipe – you will love it.!!!!5 stars

  95. I have made this oatmeal so many times and it is always excellent. I had to figure out that my slow cooker really cooks pretty hot, and the oatmeal is actually done in four and a half to five hours. After that, it really takes a beating in my slow cooker. Now that i know that, it’s always perfect! Even my father, who is an extremely picky eater, loves it. So, i always make extra and drop a container off for him every week. Thank you for this great recipe!5 stars

  96. We all loved this recipe! Speaks volumes because my daughter has had oatmeal so much she won’t normally eat it anymore. She told me this was the best oatmeal she ever had. We will surely make it again. Garnish with chocolate chips ;)5 stars

  97. Made this today and they smelled really good for a while. Not sure what happened. I used the good steel cut oats and set on low for 7 hrs. At 4 hrs I took a peek and they were a soupy mush with no bite to them at all. (Like a pack of instant oatmeal except they didn’t have any flavor either.). I thought the 6 cups of liquid was a lot since the regular cook method calls for 4 cups, but since I never did oats in a crock I decided to follow the recipe exactly (for once in my life).
    (The only thing I did different was I used 2 small bananas from the freezer. And I used a crock pot bag, which I had never done before.)

    1. I’m sorry to hear that this didn’t turn out for you, Catherine. It sounds like the oats overcooked. Every slow cooker is different, and yours might be extra powerful. I would try cooking it for even less time and see how that goes. I hope you were still able to enjoy them!

  98. Made this twice now and absolutely love it. Only adjustment I made was maple syrup instead of vanilla because that’s what I had on hand. Wow. This is the best. The house smells like banana bread. The taste and texture are perfect. I also tried the instant pot version of this recipe but much preferred the slow cooker version. I never thought I’d be passionate enough about an oatmeal recipe to write a review for it but here we are! Thank you for a great recipe!5 stars

  99. Question… If I add chia seeds instead of, or in addition to the flax seeds, do I need to add more liquid? I know chia seeds absorb a lot, but not sure how that might affect the cooking outcome? Is it better to add them afterwards? I only ask because you suggest adding it in the recipe as an alternative and am curious how it turns out. I usually add both flax and chia to already cooked oatmeal so don’t know how they do being cooked.

    1. Hi Alli! You can simply swap in the chia seeds for the flax seeds, and other readers have made this swap with success. I haven’t tried adding both, but that may require a little extra liquid. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

    1. Janell, the full recipe card is just above the comments. You can use the “jump to recipe” button at the top too.

    1. Hi Ryan! Unfortunately, I don’t have the information for this recipe in grams. You should be able to find some charts online that will help you convert the ingredient amounts. I hope this helps!

  100. Tried cooking it on warm as I was afraid to overcook and left it precisely 7 hours. I just have to agree with so many others….. soupy goopy mess. Perhaps there are just different kind of oatmeal preferences, mine is not mush and that’s all this turned into. I tried to save it by adding more oats when I woke up to get back the nutty chewy texture, I think I just wasted more oatmeal.

    1. Hi Kirsty, I’m sorry this recipe didn’t work out for you. I know it can be disappointing to try a new recipe and not have it work out, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

    1. I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed it, Michalene! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  101. Follow the recipe to a T! But unfortunately the oats weren’t very sweet. I think my bananas could have been riper. I will probably try to add some brown sugar to it for sweetening.3 stars

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and sharing your results, Megan! I hope you enjoy it even more next time!

  102. Taste and texture were really good. I used quick cooking steel cut oats, added 4 egg whites and cooked in slow cooker for 1.5 hours. Also added more salt and some Splenda. Was great with chocolate chips and maple pecans. Will definitely use this recipe again.4 stars

  103. Absolutely the BEST breakfast recipe for the whole family! My 6 year old son loves this so much he asks for it every week! He loves alternating between chocolate chips and blueberries/strawberries as a topping. I follow the recipe as is and only added 2 tbs of brown sugar for a little bump in sweetness for my son and I as we have a sweet tooth :-)! I also alternate between the flax seed, chia seeds and hemp hearts for a little extra nutrition boost. Another week of awesome steel cut oats in our house for breakfast! My son will have a huge smile tomorrow morning when he smells and sees his oats in the crock pot!5 stars

  104. Taste: okay if you add sweeteners like dried fruit, maple syrup, agave syrup,… The banana doesn’t taste good after so long.
    Texture: completely dried out to a crust on the sides if you use the overnight option. Inside on the dry side of creamy.
    Ingredients: I like that it’s a healthy porridge without processed sugar and with the addition of flax-seed for omega fats.

    Conclusion: if I make it again I will shorten the time to 5-6 hours on low. Otherwise add extra liquid. I had apple sauce in my fridge, maybe that would have worked better but was scared of the sides burning… happened anyway.2 stars

    1. Sorry to hear this didn’t turn out as expected! I know it can be frustrated when trying a new recipe and it doesn’t go as expected. Did you happen to use my suggestions on how to make them plain or any of the tips on making these as success that I outlined in the blog post?

  105. I’ve been making this regularly in mass quantities and freezing portions for my diabetic (type 2) hubby. It’s a good start to his day and the slow carb release is perfect to carry him through to lunch. His blood sugar levels are coming down too! I like to add slivered almonds to mine. I keep telling my friends about it too. So good!5 stars

  106. My husband‘s comments: it’s got enough sweetness to cover up the healthiness or it without being naughty.
    It was super easy to prepare, I did it in the afternoon so I could turn off the slow cooker before bed time and have it ready for breakfast. I ended up having 3 bowls before bed! No need for chocolate or other snacks then haha. Is definitely make it again.5 stars

  107. To the people saying that it was mushy and too much water. What kind of crock pot do you have? I had to stir and consistently add more water?!

    1. Hi Michelle! While I’ve only tested this recipe as written, I have a few readers who have used apples with great success. You will find their notes about it in the comments. Hope this helps!

  108. Did not like this. After cooking all night the banana and vanilla flavor got really overpowering. It tasted like I was eating an artificial scented candle.1 star

    1. Hi Michelle! I’m sorry to hear the recipe wasn’t to your taste. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not enjoy it, so I truly wish it would have been a hit for you.

  109. Quite possibly the worst recipe I have ever cooked. It smelled good but tasted like slop. Way too much liquid is called for1 star

    1. Hi Harry! I’m sorry to hear the recipe wasn’t to your taste. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not enjoy it, so I truly wish it would have been a hit for you.

  110. I made this recipe and am very happy with it. I didn’t have a banana that was ripe so I-left it out. It still turned out great. I made this with unsweetened soy milk. Halfway through i saw it was a little soupy. So I added 3 Tbsp extra of the oats and a Tbsp of peach preserves. It came out delicious. Great recipe – thanks for sharing.5 stars

  111. Turned out great! I followed the proportions of my brand of oats (1/4c oats to 1.5C water) and did three servings and it turned out great! Also, using lots of Pam made cleanup easy as well.

    My smaller (3.5qt) slow-cooker does not have a timer, so this probably cooked for too long. I will continue to experiment! Thanks for saving me from the stovetop method.5 stars

    1. Beth, I have a plug-in timer that I set so that I can schedule the oats to start cooking at midnight. I have a 2.5 casserole slow cooker with no timer as well. Love it, wish it had a timer, but this is a good workaround.

  112. Absolutely one of my favorite ready meals to wake to! I enjoy adding some nut butter and maple syrup for added flavor.5 stars

  113. Omg!!!! Made these steel cut oats in slow cooker and just can’t believe the magic. The fragrance about drove me crazy it was so wonderful. My only tweak to your recipe was to add allspice. Erin this is such a winner. Once again you came through. Also congratulations on being Healthlines best cookbook of the year. Well deserved as your recipes are delicious, healthy and doable.
    Thanks much for making these wonderful recipes available.5 stars

  114. Mine didn’t come out at all. It was soupy and not the consistency of oatmeal. Not sure why others who rated got good results.1 star

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble with this recipe, Jennifer. Unfortunately, it’s so hard to say what might’ve gone wrong without being in the kitchen with you. I hoped it would of been a success for you.

  115. Wow Erin, this is my new favorite recipe. I’ve used this template to make steel cut oats a half dozen times now using different spices and fruits. Also made your pumpkin oats. How can something so sinfully delicious be this healthy! Right now it’s in my crock pot with your spices plus garam masala and blueberries to be folded in with walnuts to serve. Thanks again for doable recipes that are healthy and delicious.5 stars

    1. Hi Kerry! You likely could. I haven’t tried it myself and it won’t come out as creamy as it would with milk. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  116. I loved it and it is now my make in advance go to! I can’t wait to change it up with different fruits. It was a little soupy so I just shut the heat of and vented it. It was thickened by the time I finished my crunches. Thanks for posting!5 stars

  117. I made this during the day so I could stir it occasionally and just keep an eye. Turned out GREAT. We’ll see what everyone at the potluck breakfast tomorrow thinks of it, but it smells so good! I subbed chia seeds for the flaxseed meal and the consistency is perfect.5 stars

  118. Really good. Never would’ve imagined long cooked bananas would be so well incorporated and so tasty. Do you think I could add strawberries too?
    Thank you5 stars

    1. Hi Marineh! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review! I haven’t tried any other types of fruit but I believe some other readers have with success. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  119. I didn’t have flax seed so added an extra 1/3 cup of steel cut oats as I saw the other comments about it being too soupy (I like thick oatmeal). Also added a tablespoon of maple syrup, about 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and a chopped apple. Cooked it on low for 5 hours and saw that it was perfect consistency so turned it off then. It was very good with just the right amount of sweetness! Would make it again!5 stars

  120. Genius! Has become my go to oats recipe. Only thing I do differently is add powdered protein during the cook and dark chocolate chips on the reheat. I double the recipe and freezer most of it in weekly portions. Hell of a recipe! Thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi JC! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review and feedback on the protein powder!

  121. I woke up to the best smell in my kitchen. Cinnamon and nutmeg. I looked into the slow cooker and there was a black mess of burnt oatmeal. I followed the directions exactly. In fact, I added extra milk accidentally. It was all burned up crusted to the side of my slow cooker. I am so disappointed as I was excited to wake up to delicious oatmeal. I’m not sure people actually make these recipes before they post them.1 star

    1. I’m sorry you to hear had trouble with the recipe! I know it’s frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed them, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too! It’s hard to know what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you.

  122. This turned out great. I followed the recipe and set my cooker for 8 hours on low then it switches to warm thereafter. Very hearty and filling. Didn’t have extra bananas for topping, but that was okay since adding a dollop of peanut butter, bit of honey, chocolate chips, and toasted walnuts ended it tastily. Thank you for this recipe!5 stars

  123. I was looking for an alternative to instant oatmeal and this recipe is great! Other than adding a touch of honey in my serving I made no changes. So much better than plain oatmeal, loved it!
    I cooked it for 8 hours which may of been a bit too long but other than a very messy pot it was great. I did not read the part about spraying ALOT or using a liner but definitely will do that next time.5 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with the recipe, Todd. The timing has worked well for myself (and others) so I wished it would of been a hit for you too.

  124. I have been playing around with this recipe. It still burned using a crock pot liner so I put about 2” of water and then put all of the ingredients (in us bananas) into a smaller Pyrex bowl inside the cooker. On low 4 hours and is perfect! Removing the bowl was tricky. But I got it out without a disaster or burning myself!

    4 hours means no overnight, but not a problem. Thanks for the great recipe!5 stars

  125. Made this recipe today as written, except I added 1 C of liquid egg whites for protein. My slow cooker runs hot, so I did 4 hours in low and it turned out perfect. I like the level of sweetness (which is very low) but some (especially kids) might prefer to add some coconut sugar, maple syrup, or brown sugar. I will definitely make this again!5 stars

  126. I followed the recipe exactly as written and my family loved it! I have made it three times so far this season. It is delicious, healthy and so much better than buying dry cereals. It is a nice change from eggs, and healthier, too. The milk and flax seeds add protein so I stay full longer. We add walnuts, maple syrup and blueberries or more bananas to top it off. Thank you for an easy and healthy recipe! Can’t wait to try more from this site.5 stars

    1. My house is big on oats! I’m going to try it and hope everyone approves, if they do, this will become a Sabbath staple & I’ll share with my friends 😁

    2. BEST overnight slow cooker steel cut oats thanks to your AMAZING recipe, Erin!! I doubled my recipe and added a can of reduced fat coconut milk and chia seeds. I added the liquid bc I was afraid I wouldn’t wake up in time in the morning to cut it off and didn’t want to overcook it. It stayed in the crock pot on low for almost 9 hours so I definitely think adding the milk helped in my situation. I then heated up some wild blueberries in a bowl topped with a dollop of almond butter. I then poured this over the oatmeal with a little stevia and a tsp of agave nectar and it hit the spot! Almost like eating a healthy pb&j! Thankful to have this base recipe you shared. It’s now a staple breakfast recipe in my kitchen! :-)5 stars

  127. I know you said NO subs but I have quick steel cut oats on hand and I do not like to waste! Can you cook these type of oats for 2 hrs on high instead??

    1. Hi Christine! I’ve not tested the recipe with quick steel cut oats. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  128. I’ve been trying to “conquer” steel cut oats for a while, and this recipe is wonderful! I substituted Hemp Hearts for the flax since the protein content is higher, cooked in my crock pot on high for four hours, and it was perfectly cooked. I used all my bananas in the recipe, so didn’t have any to put on top, but raspberries made a great sweet topping. No sugar or syrup needed.

    Thanks for a most excellent breakfast!5 stars

  129. Breakfast is my favorite meal. I look forward to making this awesome cereal overnight on a Saturday to enjoy Sunday on a very cold Sunday morning before service. Very tasty. Thanks.5 stars

  130. Thanks! I suffer from migraines and awful nausea. Trader Joe’s was out of their frozen overnight steel cut oats so I’m trying this recipe. I usually cook them stove top but I’m not up to doing that. Hopefully, this recipe will save me. I’m doing the 4hour method on high with a cinnamon stick, nutmeg and vanilla. Hopefully I can have it for dinner with bananas and brown sugar. The rest I plan to freeze in one cup silicon trays to have during the week. Oatmeal is good for dinner too. Looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing.5 stars

  131. Sorry, but ugh. Just started a healthier diet so I thought I’d try this as a quick breakfast, and found them absolutely gross! Kind of sticky, mushy with a weird taste.1 star

    1. I’m sorry to hear that it wasn’t to your taste Adrienne. The recipe has worked well for myself (and others) but I know how frustrating it can be to try a new recipe and not have it work out, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

  132. This is delicious!! My kids (9 and 13) don’t like oatmeal very much, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. They gobbled it up! Next time I make it I’ll use a little less nutmeg and a little more cinnamon, but other than that, it was perfect. (I’m lactose intolerant so cooked it with almond milk, which worked fine. I also added roasted pecans and maple syrup as toppings — yum!)5 stars

  133. I followed the recipe exactly as written but it came out too lose for my liking. I prefer it a little more thick however it tasted good with the walnuts, additional banana, and monk fruit. Next time I think I will use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for more flavor and spray the crockpot with cooking spray to avoid sticking.

    Also, I forgot slow cooker bags. So the next5 stars

  134. Made this last week with the addition of coconut oil & brown sugar and just a splash of heavy whipping cream in place of milk. It was yummy!

    I would like to make a large batch for a gathering next week. Do you (or any commenters) have experience with making a large batch? Could I cook 4 cups of steel cut oats in a 7 qt crockpot? (It seems doable to me, but I don’t have time to practice.) And hiw much longer might the cooking time be? Guesstimates welcome!5 stars

    1. Hi Jane! It might be doable but I haven’t tried it myself so just unsure. I’m thinking you’ll have to experiment to see. So glad you enjoyed it!

  135. Hi – This looks great. Just wondering if you have any input on increasing the quantity when cooking? I need to feed a crowd. Do you think increasing by 4x or 6x this recipe would result in the same quality when cooked in the crock pot?

    1. Hi Zorkita! I’m sorry I really don’t know due to never testing out it for a large crowd before. First I think you would need to see if your slow cooker could fit that many oats in it. Also the recipe card has a slider button to increase serving sizes but be aware that it doesn’t always accurately change the numbers in the ingredients and the directions so definitely double check.

  136. I’m trying to go all whole plant food so I’m giving up milk. Is there something I can substitute for the milk.

  137. Trying the crock pot steel cut oatmeal! Hoping I like it as much as I think I will!
    Making 1/2 recipe for at least 2 to 3 meals!
    I might add some peanut butter, just because I love it!!
    Can’t wait for breakfast in the morning!

  138. I just made this recipe in my pressure cooker! It turned out perfect and done in less than an hour!
    Put all ingredients in PC. Stir well. Close/lock lid and cook on high for 5 minutes. Let PC natural release (appx 15-20 minutes) Vent, open, stir and enjoy!!!5 stars

  139. This is a GREAT recipe and I have made it MANY times. After reading reviews and suggestions to make it your own, I came up with this:
    2 large mashed ripe bananas
    253 g steel cut oats- do not substitute quick cooking, instant, or rolled oats (as Erin noted)
    3 tablespoons total of ground flaxseed meal, chia seeds, hulled hemp seeds, or a combination
    2 T brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or a combo (opt, and I only add the sweetener when making for overnight company)
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla-flavored milk)
    1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/4 t from container
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 peeled and finely diced apple (opt, but good)
    1 3/4 cups milk – any type except soy milk
    4 cups water
    1 1/2 T flavored coconut oil to grease the crock pot (or use crockpot liner). You do not have to go all the way up to the lip.
    I used a 4-qt slow cooker.
    Remove crock pot from warmer.
    Mix all ingredients, except the toppings, in mixing bowl.
    Grease crock pot with the coconut oil.
    Tilt crock pot to avoid splashing and add mixed ingredients; place in warmer.
    Cover and cook on low for 3 1/2 hours (increase time if necessary, but this worked for me).
    Remove cover and stir to evenly combine the ingredients.
    Ingredients can be combined ahead of time. Take out 30 minutes before cooking.
    Overnight steel cut oats can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 2 months.
    After cooling oatmeal stuck on sides of crock pot will loosen.5 stars

  140. I’ve been making this recipe since I discovered it a bit over a year ago. My husband is type 2 diabetic and this is perfect for him to start the day. He eats breakfast at 5:30am and it keeps him going until 10-11am.
    He adds blueberries, I add some slivered almonds.
    I love that it doesn’t need any sweetening, it’s just like banana bread, fresh from the pot.
    I cook a double recipe and freeze it in single serve containers so breakfast can be ready in a flash.
    Thank you for this one! I love it.5 stars

  141. I will try your steel cut oats recepie tonight and enjoy healthy breakfast tomorrow. It sounds easy enough for this 78 year old widower. Thank you.5 stars

  142. Hi! Could you suggest how to add protein powder to up protein. I love this recipe but am trying to figure out how to make high protein option.

    1. Hi Cheryl! I haven’t tried it myself but it might work similar to how the protein powder is added in this recipe: If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes!

  143. I brought oats into my diet at the start of the year as my goal was to get healthy. I fell in love with oats and have enjoyed eating them in my overnight rolled oats recipes. Wanting to “switch it up” I decided to try Steel Cut Oats. I wasn’t sure how to cook them and stumbled upon this recipe when searching the web. I made these Steel Cut Oats in my slow cooker using a liner and they came out perfectly. I did not deviate from the recipe at all. My toppings were 1/2 a banana and maple syrup drizzled on the top. Delish! I have plenty of leftovers to keep in the fridge and eat throughout the week. So glad I found a nice steel cut oats option in addition to my protein oat smoothies and overnight rolled oat recipes to eat in the morning. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

    1. Hi Anne! You can swap the mashed banana for unsweetened applesauce or a few extra splashes of milk to ensure they do not dry out.

  144. Made this with McCann’s quick steel cut oats. Turned out Creamy with a bit of chew. Was delicious and so creamy. Will definitely be eating a lot more of this! In crockpot about 5 1/2 hours on low.5 stars

  145. Would you think I could add more liquid or anything else to have them in the crockpot 9 or 10 hours instead of 7-8 just because it’s the way my schedule would require?

    1. Hi Shanna, Every slow cooker is different. If your slow cooker runs hot or does not have a function to switch to “off” or “keep warm” after the cooking time is through, you risk overcooking or even burning the edges of the steel cut oatmeal. If this is the case, my suggestion is to make the slow cooker steel cut oats during the day when you can keep an eye on it, and then reheat it the next morning. This guarantees perfect crock pot oatmeal, and you still have the make-ahead benefit. Of course, if you decide to experiment with more liquid and longer cook time, I’d love to know how it goes!

  146. I made this for a houseful of weekend guests. I used to make a cheesy ham egg casserole, but switched to something healthier this year. They all LOVED it and took the recipe. The texture was a lot less chewy than stove top steel cut oats, much softer and more pleasant for those who don’t like eating “twigs and sticks” as my hubby calls it. The only change I made was to omit the nutmeg for one guest’s allergy and it was terrific without it. It needed no more sweetener for my taste, but some folks enjoyed some honey. Walnuts, almonds, raisins and craisins made it an fun oatmeal bar. Definitely use the crockpot liner! Thanks!5 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear the recipe wasn’t to your taste. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not enjoy it. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed it, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too! I would start by checking to make sure all ingredients are fresh and the bananas are ripe but not bad or with brown spots. That could be causing the taste you are getting. Hope this helps!

  147. Sounds good! But I have an easy way also. Soak 1/2 cup of steel cut oats in approx. 3/4 cup of your favorite plant based milk. I like non sweetened vinyls flavored soy milk. I am six drops of stevia. Soak overnight in the fridge. Next morning add cut up fruit, cinnamon, etc., and microwave about 90 seconds. Voila, hot cereal. Easy cleanup, rinse and repeat for the next day.

  148. Great recipe.Very pleasant flavor boost for steel cut oats. It also works with an Instapot. 12 minutes on Porridge, then 15 minutes for pressure to release naturally.5 stars