October 3, 2012

Slow Cooker Breakfast – Overnight Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oats

It’s Crock-toberAs part of this month-long series I’ll be featuring slow cooker and crockpot recipes that are easy and inexpensive! 

I have tried to make steel-cut oats in the slow cooker before – you can see how that turned out here. I’ve been a bit nervous ever since I had to take a chisel to my slow cooker from the last disaster. But this slow cooker pumpkin pie steel cut oats recipe sent in from Brooke worked perfectly!

You will need a slow cooker with a timer and a warming feature to make this recipe. I use the Frigidaire Professional 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker (Amazon link) – but any slow cooker with a low and warm setting should work. I cooked them for a total of 7 hours – three hours on low and four hours on warm.

What are steel-cut oats? Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats – the inner portion of the oat kernel. They are also called Irish Oats or Pinhead Oats. They take longer to cook than traditional oatmeal and have a nuttier flavor and are usually more chewy than other oats. A little bit goes a long way and they are very hearty.


2 cup steel-cut oats – Try to buy in bulk. Plus use this coupon for $1 off any McCann’s Irish Oatmeal product (zip 98513).

1 can pumpkin puree – I used my homemade pumpkin puree!

4 cups water

2 cups milk – I used one cup skim milk and one cup half and half, since it was in the fridge and needed to be used

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

pinch of salt

Optional toppings: brown sugar, maple syrup, chopped pecan, butter, crushed graham crackers, raisins, dried cranberries.

I definitely recommend toppings – the recipe is very basic, which is perfect I think because then everyone can customize their own flavor. What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?


  1. In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and set to low heat.
  2. Cover and before going to bed, let cook on low for three (3) hours.
  3. Slow cooker will keep it warm until morning (mine automatically turns to warm for four hours) and the oats should continue to cook (but not burn) all night.
  4. Add your favorite toppings – brown sugar, maple syrup, chopped pecan, butter, crushed graham crackers, raisins, dried cranberries. The basic recipe is an amazing base, but if you want some dynamic flavors you’ll want to add at least some brown sugar.
The oats were perfect after 7 hours – 3 hours on low and 4 hours on warm. But would probably be fine after 8 or 9 hours, if you’re lucky enough to get that much sleep. If you’re nervous about burning them, you can do what I did – cook the first batch during the day so you can monitor it’s progress and get an idea of how well cooked they are after seven or eight hours.

Print you coupon for coupon for $1 off any McCann’s Irish Oatmeal product

This recipe was sent in by Brooke as part of our Crock-tober series – so she’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card! Send in your recipe and if I feature your recipe on the blog you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card!

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  1. Chuck Steele says

    I’m going to give this a try in the instapot. I’ve had great luck with steel cut oats in that. This should just help me up my game. Thanks

  2. I will NEVER EVER cook oats in my crock even if it’s been sprayed, took me days to clean it!. Instead I use the immersion method-fill crock pot with water and ingredients to a ceramic bowl then add bowl to water filled crock pot. I coo k on low for 8hrs (it switches to warm after) and we have PERFECT oats and no chesiling needed.

  3. Mmmmm. Pumpkin + oatmeal = heavenly. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  4. I would love waking up to this awesome breakfast. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Love the pumpkin flavor, it just smells so good while it cooks. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  6. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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  7. Just finished a nice bowl of pumpkin pie oats! It’s one of my favorites (even in the summer!)

  8. Sounds so good! Pinning for the Fall!

  9. I’ve had this in the back of my mind for months! Just now trying it with almond milk (vanilla coconut flavor, vanilla extract and a little coconut oil! Smells yummY!

  10. Thanks for sharing this…the combo of pumpkin and oatmeal sounds scrumptious. My son and I can’t wait to get up for breakfast tomorrow morning…even though it will be Monday!!

  11. In the crockpot now but waiting to turn it on. It will be on warm about 7 hours if I go to bed now haha so trying to stay up a lil later to do it according to your suggestion. My 25 year old daughter gave me the recipe! So excited because I love oatmeal and love pumpkin! Will come back and let you know jow it turned out!

  12. I am on the way to the grocery store now! Crock pots are the one thing allowed in my dorm and I’ve been craving some hearty warm home-cooked breakfast. My crock-pot doesn’t have a “warm” setting on it though! Just high, low, and off – any suggestions for how I cook it without the warm setting??

    • Low is probably going to be too hot for it. If you can program it to low for a certain amount of time and then have it shut off, that might work? I’d play around with it during the day until you find a temp that works for your crockpot.

  13. vincenchildersburg says

    As with any steel cut oats slow cooker recipe; it is necessary to spray the crock with non stick spray before putting all the ingredients in to cook all night! This important step prevents the oatmeal from sticking so you can enjoy all of it!


  14. Excited to be putting this in the slow cooker tonight. Mmm… my mouth is watering already. Thanks for the recipe!

    • This was *amazing*! The entire family loved it. We topped it with Brown Sugar Splenda and some fat-free half & half. Calculated our Weight Watchers points and we were good to go. I set mine for a delay start of 2 hours, cooked on low for 3 hours, and let it go to warm mode where it was until we ate it (admittedly that was almost 4 1/2 hours on warm). I have a feeling this will become a regular breakfast in our household. Thanks so much!

  15. I need this in fewer than 7 hours. Try half that! OK to go on low for 3, in total, or will they still be tough? All is in, eager to try it! Hoping @ 3 hours we’re in good shape, but I can move it to today’s lunch instead of breakfast if they’re not ready. Thanks for this yummy-looking recipe!

  16. how many oz of the puree…..big can or lil’ can?
    if i don’t have a “warm” setting..do you think 5hrs on low would be overkill?

  17. Celia Husmann says

    Yum! Costco sells Bob’s Red Mill Fast Cooking Steel Cut Oats, you should check it out!

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