Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Honey

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.

slow cooked overnight oatmeal with almond butter and honey
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Overnight Crock Pot 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!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 5 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Calories 261kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • crock pot

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Cook’s notes

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

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • 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
          Jahbari
          June 1, 2020 at 2:42 pm

          If I make 5 servings, can I put each serving in the fridge for daily use?

          • Sue
            June 1, 2020 at 5:28 pm

            That should be fine, oatmeal will keep well.

  • 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.

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