Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Honey




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slow cooked overnight oatmeal with almond butter and honey

Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Honey  ~ wake up to this healthy, protein rich breakfast, no slaving over a hot stove in your pajamas necessary!

Crock Pot oatmeal with almond butter and honey

I’m essentially a very lazy cook.  I’m always looking for shortcuts, and the shorter the better as far as I’m concerned.  I’m at my most lazy when it comes to breakfast, but I never want to sacrifice a fantastic meal just to cut corners, so when I find a recipe that satisfies me on both counts, I’m ecstatic.

Oatmeal is one of those things that I love to eat, but hate to cook.  I don’t want to haul out the pan and measuring cups, I don’t want to stand there and stir, not at 7 in the morning.  But I’ve had trouble in the past with overnight oatmeal recipes.  I find that they’re often too dense, not creamy enough, and worst of all, sometimes they get an unappealing crust on them.  I made this overnight steel cut oatmeal in the crock pot several times during the week and they turned out perfectly every time.   They now have a permanent spot on our short list of family favorites.

Super creamy overnight oatmeal, in the crock pot!

Breakfast doesn’t get any better, or healthier, than this.  Honestly, I’m not into downing a cold green smoothie first thing on an icy February morning.  A warm bowl of steel cut oatmeal is much more like it.  These steel cut oats are thick and creamy, the almond butter and honey give it great flavor and, if you use chunky almond butter, you’ll get a little extra texture, too.

overnight steel cut oatmeal

My husband likes his with dried fruit and nuts.  Since I cook the oats in individual cups, everyone can customize their own.

overnight steel cut oatmeal in the crock pot

The key to the perfect creamy quality of this overnight steel cut oatmeal is that you don’t cook it directly in the crock pot, you cook it in separate containers in a water bath in the crock pot.  That gives the perfect amount of gentle heat that results in perfectly cooked oats by morning.  You can even switch the controls from low to warm if you’re not ready to eat right when you wake up.

slow cooked overnight oatmeal with almond butter and honey

Almond butter and honey is a combination I never thought of, but it’s wonderful, and if you really want to be decadent, scrape the seeds of a vanilla bean into the oats before you pop them in the slow cooker.  You won’t believe your good fortune when you lift off the lid the next morning and are met with a blast of vanilla scented steam and the creamiest oatmeal you’ve ever eaten.

crock pot steel cut oatmeal with almond butter and honey

Have any of you tried this method?  It really is the perfect solution to a hearty, healthy and warm breakfast that’s miraculously waiting for you when you wake up.  Sometimes I want to marry my slow cooker…just sayin’.

UPDATE:  Since posting this recipe I’ve discovered another overnight oats method that I love just as much ~ you can find it with the recipe for OVERNIGHT STEEL CUT OATS WITH WHISKEY BUTTER. My equally delicious DATE NUT OVERNIGHT OATS recipe uses the same method, no slow-cooker required!


Reader Rave ~

“Just finished eating this and it’s fabulous! Comes out perfect! I doubled the recipe and put into two mason jar pints so I could store them easily and eat them without mess. I also used crunchy almond butter and I think it really added a nice texture! Would be delicious topped with banana too! Thank you for the great technique!”  ~ Desirae


Note: recipe just slightly adapted from food52.

Overnight Crock Pot Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Honey
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Category: breakfast

Cuisine: American

Yield: serves 2

Calories per serving: 258.77 kcal

Fat per serving: 16.68 g

Saturated fat per serving: 2.36 g

Carbs per serving: 21.08 g

Protein per serving: 9.69 g

Fiber per serving: 4.35 g

Sugar per serving: 4.43 g

Sodium per serving: 178.59 mg

Cholesterol per serving: 6.1 mg

slow cooked overnight oatmeal with almond butter and honey

Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Honey  ~ wake up to this healthy, protein rich breakfast, no slaving over a hot stove in your pajamas necessary!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked steel cut oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • optional: seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 2-4 Tbsp almond butter
  • honey to taste

Instructions

  1. You can make this in one container, or in two individual containers. I used two glasses that had 1 2/3 cup capacity each.
  2. Put 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup milk in each container. Add a small pinch of salt to each and stir to combine.
  3. Set the containers in the slow cooker and add water to come about halfway up the glasses.
  4. Set the crock pot on low, and leave it until morning (about 10 hours.)
  5. Give each serving a stir, and then swirl in the almond butter and top with honey just before serving.

Notes

This recipe preps in 10 minutes, then cooks in the slow cooker overnight, while you sleep.

 

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Ronel
    April 16, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Will this recipe work for large flake oats?

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Yes, you can use regular rolled oats.

  • Reply
    Jackie
    February 6, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Sue! Just wondering if you covered the glasses in the crockpot with lids? Or just use the lid to the crockpot? Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try this (:

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      I left them uncovered and just used the crock pot lid, Jackie.

      • Reply
        Jackie
        February 7, 2018 at 2:37 pm

        Thank you Sue! Trying this tonight(:

  • Reply
    suzanne
    January 20, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I am making this in my crockpot right now. I did it in a pyrex glass pitcher and put in a few extras. I used unsweetened almond milk in place of the regular milk. I also added some cinnamon and some PB Fit powder. Come morning, I will probably add a sweetener packet to mine and my husband will probably add some fresh maple syrup to his. Thanks for the recipe and I will let you know how it turns out.

  • Reply
    Desirae
    January 6, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Just finished eating this and it’s fabulous! Comes out perfect! I doubled the recipe and put into two mason jar pints so I could store them easily and eat them without mess. I also used crunchy almond butter and I think it really added a nice texture! Would be delicious topped with banana too! Thank you for the great technique!

  • Reply
    Molly
    December 20, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Do you leave the cover off?

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      No, leave it covered Molly.

  • Reply
    Tony
    August 23, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    This might be naughty, but I switched out the almond butter for Trader Joe’s cookie butter. SO GOOD!

  • Reply
    Glenda Margaret
    March 18, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Would this method work if you used coconut milk/cream or almond milk?
    It sounds delicious and I am dying for the colder weather so I can try it out. Too hot here in Sydney, Australia at the moment.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 18, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Absolutely, but I would just make sure that whatever liquid you use isn’t too thick, like coconut cream can be. I would think either coconut milk or any other nut milk would work great!

  • Reply
    Louise
    February 24, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I love this recipe and make it every week. Over time I have made 2 adjustments. I like to make a few days worth of oatmeal at a time so I make double the recipe and make it one large pyrex that fits in my crockpot. When done I just cover it and put it in the frig for the rest of the week. Also, I found cooking it over night on low made it a bit lit porridge – lost the crunch of steel cut oats. So, I start it on low and reduce to warm before I go to bed. It turns out just right. I also play around with what I add. Usually a little cinnamon, cloves and cut up apples. Yumm…… Love the idea of cooking it in the crockpot

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 9, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I’m not a green smoothie girl either but a cozy bowl of oats I can definitely embrace! Love the almond butter and honey combo!

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    February 8, 2015 at 11:35 am

    What a nutritious and delicious breakfast!

  • Reply
    Barbara
    February 8, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Great idea…sometimes I make oatmeal the night before and refrigerate (I’m lazier than you!)….but waking up to fresh oatmeal sounds great to me. The water bath is genius. I posted a farro porridge last week, think I’d have to cook the farro first though.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 8, 2015 at 7:14 am

      I am definitely going to try with other grains, farro porridge sounds great.

  • Reply
    Velva
    February 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I have been tempted a few times to make the overnight refrigerated oatmeal. Not now. This is the only way to go!

    Velva

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      I have to agree Velva … the other methods just don’t give me the result I’m look for!

  • Reply
    Cecilia
    February 7, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Hi Sue, I love oatmeal, and your recipe sounds so delicious and easy, I have to make it. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply
    Doreen Ifkovits
    February 7, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Do you think rolled oats would work?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 7, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Sure Doreen, you can use regular rolled oats, but the texture will not be quite the same. And I would not use any of the quick cooking varieties.

  • Reply
    Maria | Pink Patisserie
    February 6, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I’m so with you on the cold smoothie on a cold morning thing.. Not going to happen. This however definitely needs to. Sounds divine!

  • Reply
    Ami@NaiveCookCooks
    February 6, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I recently tried overnight oatmeal for the first time and I must say I love how it makes mornings so much easier!!

  • Reply
    Tricia
    February 6, 2015 at 11:17 am

    My husband would love this – printing to share!

  • Reply
    Susan
    February 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

    This is a wonderful idea for working people and families on the go! I would have never thought to put nut butter in oatmeal but I love the idea. It looks delicious, Sue.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 6, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Susan!

  • Reply
    Choclette
    February 6, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Ooh, I like the idea of almond butter, I can honestly say I’ve never tried that in porridge before. I bet your method is a good one. The best porridge I’ve ever eaten is my mother’s which cooks at a very gently heat in the bottom of the age overnight.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 6, 2015 at 9:37 am

      I had never put nut butter in oatmeal before either, it was a great surprise! And I think the very slow gentle cooking must be the secret to the creaminess. I can’t claim to beat your mother’s, but maybe this will come close :)

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Bring Back Delicious
    February 6, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I actually thought of asking for vanilla beans for my birthday just to have around for recipes like this. They make such a big difference!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 6, 2015 at 7:36 am

      I can totally get that, if they weren’t so expensive I’d put them in everything!

  • Reply
    georgeann
    February 6, 2015 at 5:59 am

    When do you add the fruit and nuts?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 6, 2015 at 6:50 am

      You add those after the oatmeal has cooked, Georgeann, just like with the almond butter.

  • Reply
    Monique
    February 6, 2015 at 5:36 am

    So I love oats..in muffins ..cookies..bars..etc..I just can’t stand it warm and wet .Jacques loves it..I have tried..the steel cut oats I bought at Costco..I think I have enough for 100 yrs..and made it in the morning..Like you..I hate doing that when I first get up..I am ready to bake and cook soon after breakfast ..not before..so it’s all bran..green tea..a yogurt..etc..Anyways..I have made it..Jacques eats it..I can’t look at it.Maybe this would work for me:) Genius.

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    grace
    February 6, 2015 at 5:22 am

    i had some fantastic oatmeal the other day and i can’t stop thinking about it. it was my first taste of steel cut oats, and i’m hooked!

  • Reply
    Linda@There and Back Again
    February 6, 2015 at 4:39 am

    What a great idea! I’m like you about cooking first thing in the morning…not going to happen. But I can see the appeal of setting up this recipe at the same time I get the coffee pot ready the night before. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Christy
    February 6, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Can you use almond milk in place of milk?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 6, 2015 at 6:53 am

      absolutely!

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