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How to make overnight steel-cut oats in the slow cooker (that don’t stick to the sides of the crock-pot)

I’ve been on a mission:  To figure out how to cook steel-cut oats overnight without losing half of them because they stick to the sides and get all crusty.  I figured it out, people.  And I’m still excited.
Use a dish inside your slow cooker that is sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Without the oats touching the sides of the slow cooker you prevent the sticking.  If you use a dish inside you also can extend the time that your breakfast can cook without getting overdone.
I especially loved this combination of the pearl barley and the steel-cut oats.  It added a texture dimension and seemed extra hearty.  I love to eat these after a long Saturday run when I’m so hungry.  They stick with you and you can add all your favorite toppings.  I will be using this method again and again and again!!!
Add your favorite toppings…I did apples and bananas.


Spray an oven safe dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Fill it up with the ingredients and place inside your slow cooker…no sticky mess in the morning just perfect oatmeal!

Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup steel-cut oats

1/4 cup pearl barley (regular not quick-cooking)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 3/4 cup water
Optional toppings:  fresh fruit, milk, nuts, raisins etc.
1.  Spray an oven safe dish (mine is corningware and it is about 1.7 quarts) that fits into your 5-7 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
2.  Place all ingredients inside dish and stir to combine.
3.  Place dish directly inside slow cooker insert. (you do not need to add any water to the bottom of the slow cooker)  Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for about 7-9 hours.
4.  Remove dish carefully and serve with desired toppings.

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  2. ELIZABETH 10/19/2016 at 6:08 pm

    Used 1 cup steel cut oats and 4 cups boiling water. Cooked on WARM setting in small crockpot. Results were rather gloppy. Not to my liking. Next time, I’ll use 3 cups of boiling water.

  3. Cheryl 10/28/2016 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you thank you Thank you!!!! I love waking up to a hot breakfast but can’t stand all the oats wasted on the sides of my crock pot! I am nerdy excited to try this