CrockPot Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans
CrockPot Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans show how easy it is to cook steel cut oats in the crockpot if you haven’t tried that!
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One of my favorite carb-splurge breakfasts is Peanut Butter Oatmeal, which I usually make with Extra Thick Rolled Oats cooked in the microwave, a method I learned from my blogging friend Alanna. I’ve been wanting to try steel cut oats, but I wasn’t sure about the longer cooking time, reported to be as much as 45 minutes on the stove.
Then I heard about cooking steel cut oats in the crockpot, and when I tried it, I loved the crockpot version of steel cut oats.
I made these CrockPot Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans, and they were so, so good. I originally made this with agave nectar, but now I would use Sugar-Free Maple Syrup (affiliate link) which reduces the carbs, although this will never be a low-carb dish. But if you’re someone who eats oatmeal occasionally, this is definitely worth a try.
What ingredients do you need?
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- Steel Cut Oats (affiliate link)
- salt (do not skip the salt)
- Sugar-Free Maple Syrup (affiliate link)
What are Steel Cut Oats?
Steel cut oats are oat groats that have been chopped into smaller pieces, making them easier to cook. They are less processed and higher in fiber than rolled oats.
Here are the different types of oats:
- The least processed form of oats are oat groats. However, they need soaking, and take a very long time to cook.
- Steel cut oats are oat groats that have been chopped into smaller pieces.
- Rolled oats are steamed and rolled into flakes so they cook more quickly.
- Quick oats are thin pieces of oatmeal that cook in a few minutes.
- Here’s a great post on all the different varieties of oats.
More Recipes for Steel Cut Oats:
There’s a great collection of Recipes for Steel Cut Oats on my other site, Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker.
How to Make Steel-Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans:
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- Here’s what the steel cut oats look like before they’re cooked. I used Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats (affiliate link) for this recipe.
- I used a 2.5 quart Crockpot to cook 1 cup of steel cut oats, and it took me a few tries to get the amount of thickness and chewiness I wanted. (You can definitely double the recipe if you have a large slow cooker. Just keep extra servings in the fridge and microwave to eat later.)
- I decided that 5 cups water and just over three hours cooking time gave the best results with my crockpot. Newer crockpots cook much hotter than the older “slow cooker” models, and different sizes of crockpots also cook differently, so you may have to experiment a little to get the best result.
- Steel cut oats are great reheated, so make some extra and keep them in the refrigerator, then microwave for a few minutes for an extra quick breakfast.
CrockPot Steel-Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans
If you haven't tried cooking steel cut oats in the crockpot, these CrockPot Steel-Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans are amazing!
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 5 cups water (or less for extra thick oats)
- 1/2 tsp. salt (do not skip the salt)
- 1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup
- 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped with knife
- Combine steel cut oats, water, and salt in crockpot. (I sprayed the crock with non-stick spray to prevent sticking.)
- Cook on low, stirring every hour or so.
- After 3 hours start checking to see if the oats are as done as you'd like.
- I cooked the oats in these photos for 3 hours and 15 minutes, but a larger batch or an older model crockpot will take longer.
- Put one-fourth of the hot cooked oats in a bowl, drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle nuts over.
- If you're reheating extra steel cut oats later in the microwave, you may want to add a few tablespoons of water before you microwave them.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 5gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet/ Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Steel cut oats with sugar-free maple syrup and nuts would be a great breakfast option for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet, but this is too high in carbs for low-carb diet plans.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe for CrockPot Steel Cut Oats was first posted in 2009! The recipe was last updated with more information in 2023.
41 Comments on “CrockPot Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans”
I too love steel cut oats and can never go back to eating typical rolled oats. Here's what I do to cut down on my breakfast cooking time.
Before going to bed toast 1 cup of steel cut oats in a medium saucepan for a few minutes over medium low. Then slowly pour in 4 cups of boiling water (careful, it will bubble and hiss). Then put the lid on, turn off the heat and leave it to sit on the element (I have an electric stove). The residual heat from the element and the boiling water does all work. In the morning I stir in a little milk (evaporated milk makes it very nice) and maple syrup and cook for about 5 minutes till creamy. All done.
I so very much enjoy your recipes. Keep up the good work.
I love this idea. I do steel-cut oats all winter and just throw a little maple syrup on it and am done. The addition of the pecans and agave syrup would be great!
I love oats for breakfast, great idea to do them in the crockpot! I add lots of cinnamon and raisins to mine!
I like to use the crockpot for cooking oats too.
Another way to cut down the cooking time is to prep the oasts and water, bring to a boil; reduce the heat and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. They will only take about 10 minutes to cooki the next morning.
Carla, that does sound good and I”m intrigued by the buttermilk in the recipe. However with butter, brown sugar, and whole milk that recipe wouldn’t be South Beach friendly. Might be fun to experiment to see if I can come up with a South Beach version.
I’d really love to try this and your other oats recipes (like the peanut butter).
I use alton brown’s recipe at the Food Network (link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/steel-cut-oatmeal-recipe/index.html ) It does take about 30 minutes to make, but I’ll do a batch tonight (Sunday) and then either buy breakfast on Friday, or do another batch Thursday night after work. Its pretty easy and there isn’t much babysitting involved.
My e-mail is slow sending comments so I’m responding and them a comment is getting published later! Driving me crazy. Coach Kai, I haven’t tried cooking regular oatmeal ahead and storing in refrigerator but can’t think of any reason it wouldn’t work.
Tanna, next I want to try pin head oats. I’m not sure I would like them as much for cereal, but I think they’d be great as a binder in meatload or mixed into bread dough.
Linda, thanks! You knew that when you said “pressure cooker” that would get my attention. I’ll look for some oat groats and try them. I don’t have an electric pressure cooker but it’s on my wish list.
Susan, didn’t want to miss it!
Lydia, love that you’re becoming a crockpot convert!
Kevin, I do have a rice cooker like that! What a great idea. I’ll try that method too. (So many great tips from everyone, this is really fun.)
Katie, I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t work to double the recipe, or even 2.5 times my measurements since my crockpot wasn’t full and yours is more than double the size. It might take a bit longer to cook. If you like thicker oatmeal, you might want to not quite double the amount of water.
Thanks then i can grab and go during the week. Can you do this for other types of oats
Hmm, I only have the big 6 qt crock pot I wonder if I double this if it will work?
Peanut butter oatmeal with a touch of honey is so good! Steal cut oats are my preferred form of oatmeal. I like the chewier texture and the slight nuttiness. If you have a rice cooker with a porridge setting and a timer you can also use that to have the freshly made steal cut oatmeal just as you wake up in the morning.
As a fairly recent convert to slow cooker cooking, I’m loving anything that can be made in it, especially in the summer when I don’t want to heat up the kitchen.
I used to be a fan of the typical flat, chipped oats we use here, but once I tried steel cut, my loyalty wavered. I like mine with a few spoonfuls of half & half and maple syrup.
The crockpot is a great idea for this simple, yet hearty breakfast.
Thanks for making the time to contribute to WHB during your very busy, but happy, weekend. : )
Don’t count out oat groats. I love them and used a pressure cooker to cook them and they turned out great. I happen to have an electric one that will keep things warm and overnight and they were perfect for breakfast.
I do oatmeal and grits in my little crock pot.
I love steel cut oats and pin head oats.
Lizykat, thanks for the input. Most of the recipes I saw said 30+ minutes cooking time. I think your idea of keeping the lid on is a great one. I will try cooking them on the stove for sure.
MsBlueKat, Your ideas for savory steel cut oats sound great! Definitely will experiment with that.
Pearl, they were very tasty!
oh kalyn – that looks so good!
I LOVE steel cut oats. Cooking them in the crockpot is a great idea. In addition to stirring in peanut butter or agave, I sometimes make them savory
Use broth (chicken, beef, veggie – your choice) and add some dehydrated minced onion. When the oats are almost done, add a couple of tablespoons of parmesan cheese and, if on hand, some leftover veggies. The first time I did this, I used leftover stirfry that had a bit of soy sauce on them. It was wonderful!
Hey Kalyn…I think this recipe is a great idea for the weekend getting ready for the week? but steel cut oats don’t take so long. Here is what I do several times a week.
3 cups water with pinch of salt, bring to boil. Pour in 1 cup steel cut oats (bob’s red mill). Stir and bring to a soft simmer. the lid should be part way on to keep the steam inside the pot, helps cut down on cooking time I believe! :} when simmering I put the timer on for 15-20 min. Stir a few times. they come out chewy but not overly so. I add golden raisins, some milk. The BEST breakfast any day…enjoy