Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford, Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
8 Hours 15 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 cup oatmeal and about 1/4 cup apples)

Steel-cut oats offer a nutty alternative to hot cereal made with rolled oats. If you prefer, substitute firm pears for apples or dried cranberries for the raisins.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 8 ingredients in an 8-cup heatproof glass bowl. Set bowl in a 6-quart slow cooker; add cold water to slow cooker, filling until water comes three-fourths of the way up outside of bowl. Cover slow cooker; cook on LOW 8 hours or until oats are thick and creamy.

Step 2

Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Stir oats; spoon into bowls. Top with apples.

Ratings & Reviews

Overcooked Oatmeal

December 12, 2016
I prefer my steel-cut oats "crisp-tender" -- one of the best things about them is that delicious popping texture in your mouth! This produced overcooked oatmeal, in my opinion, and very muted, bland flavors. I had higher expectations.

3 1/2 stars

August 28, 2016
I halved the recipe and used my 8 cup Pyrex liquid measure container inside the crock pot.  It only took 6 hours to fully cook.  The flavors were ok - this is not very sweet and I couldn't really taste the maple.  The oatmeal was nice and creamy; love those steel cut oats.  To bring it up to 5 stars I think I'd need some cream and brown sugar.


April 08, 2016

Easy and good

January 04, 2016
Very good! We have a large oval crock pot and cannot fit any bowls large enough into it so I cut the recipe by 1/3 and cooked for 6 hours, then crock switches to warm for another 2 hours. Turned out really good, leftovers the next morning we also good.