Steel Cut Oats in the Slow Cooker
There are several variations of this online. The great thing about oatmeal is that it is easy to add healthy mix-ins. We use blueberries, avocado, coconut milk, etc. But, the options are limitless! Steel cut oats are pretty much the healthiest oats because they are the least processed. Everyone in my family loves them, except for me....for some reason I prefer the most processed quick oats!
I have found steel cut oats to be very expensive in the package, but very cheap in bulk bins. All bulk bins have cross-contamination potential, so you will have to decide whether you are comfortable using them.
In your slow cooker, you will need to find a oven-safe bowl that fits in your crock pot. It should hold around 5 cups. I use a small corningware casserole dish. The oatmeal will go into the corningware dish rather than the slow cooker pot. This prevents the oatmeal from sticking to the sides of the slow cooker and burning.
4 cups liquid (we use 3 cups water and 1 cup milk substitute)
2 tbsp honey (or other sweetener...no honey for kids under 1!)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup steel cut oats
Put your dish inside your slow cooker. Add all ingredients to the dish and stir. Add water to the slow cooker until it reaches just below the top of your dish. Cook on low overnight.
You may need to play with the amount of liquids. It seems as though every batch of oats we buy requires a different amount of liquid to reach the consistency we prefer. We have used anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 cups of liquid.