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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CrockPot Steel-Cut Oats shown in serving bowl with maple syrup and pecans.

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 I originally made this with agave nectar, but now I would use Sugar-Free Maple Syrup (affiliate link) which reduces the carbs, although this will never be a low-carb dish.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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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.

Process photos for How to Make Steel Cut Oats in a CrockPot

How to Make Steel-Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans:

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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 shown in serving bowl.

Steel-Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans finished dish in serving bowl
Yield: 4 servings

CrockPot Steel-Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

If you haven't tried cooking steel cut oats in the crockpot, these CrockPot Steel-Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans are amazing!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Combine steel cut oats, water, and salt in crockpot. (I sprayed the crock with non-stick spray to prevent sticking.)
  2. Cook on low, stirring every hour or so.
  3. After 3 hours start checking to see if the oats are as done as you'd like.
  4. 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.
  5. Put one-fourth of the hot cooked oats in a bowl, drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle nuts over.
  6. 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.

Notes

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

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.

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Steel-Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Pecans finished dish in serving bowl

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.

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