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How To Cook Steel Cut Oats 3 Ways | Slow Cooker, Stove-Top + Overnight

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Learn how to cook steel cut oats three different ways; on the stove-top, in the slow-cooker oats and overnight. Steel cut oats are the whole oat groat cut into smaller pieces with a steel mill, so they are super nutritious and absolutely delicious.

The first question most people have about steel cut oats is is how are they different from rolled oats? Rolled Oats are simply the entire oat groat (before they are cut into pieces to make steel cut oats), steamed, rolled, re-steamed, and toasted. Basically, they have been through a bit more processing, so they tend to lose a little of their nutritional value and some of the hearty, chewy texture.

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STOVETOP METHOD
1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups water
2 cups unsweetened almond milk

In a medium saucepan, bring water and milk to a boil. Add oats and stir. Watch them closely for the first couple of minutes because sometimes they like to bubble up and over.

Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes over low heat until oats reach the consistency you like (20 minutes for chewy, al dente oats, 30 minutes for more creamy).

Scoop into bowls and serve with your favorite toppings.

OVERNIGHT METHOD
1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add oats and stir.

Cover and turn off the heat. Let sit overnight.

In the morning add a splash of water (or milk) to loosen the oats and heat over medium-low heat until warmed through.

Scoop into bowls and serve with your favorite toppings.

SLOW COOKER METHOD
butter, coconut oil or cooking spray
1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups water
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
pinch of salt *optional
cinnamon stick *optional

Coat the slow cooker with butter, coconut oil or cooking to spray to prevent the oats from sticking.
Add oats, water milk, salt and cinnamon to your slow cooker and stir.

Cover and cook on low setting 4-6hours, or on high for 2-3 hours.

Scoop into bowls and serve with your favorite toppings.

I like using the unsweetened almond milk because it adds a subtle sweetness and creamy texture but, if you prefer, you can use all water for each technique and still have super creamy, delicious oats.

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING: Calories 150 | Total Fat 3g | Saturated Fat 0g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium: 0 | Carbohydrate 27g | Dietary Fiber 4g | Sugars 1g | Protein 5g

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43 Comments on How To Cook Steel Cut Oats 3 Ways | Slow Cooker, Stove-Top + Overnight

  1. Bertha Gervacio // 11th January 2019 at 2:53 pm // Reply

    Whats the difference from the old fashioned oats?

    • Clean & Delicious // 11th January 2019 at 3:04 pm // Reply

      Rolled Oats are simply the entire oat groat (before they are cut into pieces to make steel cut oats), steamed, rolled, re-steamed, and toasted. Basically, they have been through a bit more processing, so they tend to lose a little of their nutritional value and some of the hearty, chewy texture.

  2. Clean & Delicious // 11th January 2019 at 2:53 pm // Reply

    Happy Friday my friends! Today I’m sharing 3 different cooking methods for making steel cut oats. Pick whichever one works the best for your lifestyle. ENJOY! xo – Dani

    • Pardesi detour // 11th January 2019 at 3:01 pm // Reply

      Clean & Delicious glad to see a video from u other youtubers are slacking yet calling it there job idiots

    • cydney haynes // 11th January 2019 at 4:23 pm // Reply

      So true, I subscribe to other channels , this is practically the only one continuing throughout the winter holiday season! Thank you , love this channel !

    • alvaro martinez // 11th January 2019 at 10:15 pm // Reply

      Nice recipe Dani. And you are the most pretty girl in the kitchen. greetings from México city.

  3. Mmmmmm… oatmeal taste so good. That taste so sweet and creamy oats. Great healthy recipe. See u next time. Happy new year!

  4. Steel cut has a nice texture i prefer over regular oats

  5. Kimberly Ocampo // 11th January 2019 at 3:22 pm // Reply

    I love these 101-type videos. So handy and practical!

  6. Have you ever tried making the overnight oats in the fridge like you can with rolled oats? Do you think that would work? I love the rolled oats but I have two boxes of steel cut that I would like to try and prep for busy school mornings. I’m a college student with two young kids so breakfast prep is essential

    • Clean & Delicious // 11th January 2019 at 3:56 pm // Reply

      I haven’t tried this myself yet but I so think it would work. However, you will need to use more liquid then you would if you were working with rolled oats.

  7. I’ve always read, that you should soak your steel cut oats overnight before cooking. What are your thoughts?

  8. Stauffer 2005 // 11th January 2019 at 4:02 pm // Reply

    I do Steel Cut Oats in my 6 qt Instant Pot….I set them on a timer before I go to bed (Manual for 7 minutes), and they are ready in the morning! We have hot breakfast way more often that way, and less cereal. YEAH!!

  9. Microwaves are only good for melting butter and heating coffee/tea, otherwise anything you cook will be nutrient depleted.

  10. Brian Burnett // 11th January 2019 at 4:36 pm // Reply

    Favorite oatmeal toppings/ingredients are unsweetened coconut flakes, ginger powder, dried mulberries, grass fed butter, walnuts, ripe banana, cinnamon powder and occasionally chopped dried fig. I eat oatmeal every night at work!
    Thanks for showing how to cook the steel cut oats!!!

  11. Jacq Paschoud // 11th January 2019 at 4:41 pm // Reply

    To do overnight in the slow cooker use it as a “Bain Marie”. Put oats and milk and /or water in a heat proof bowl, cover it with a lid or plate. Put it in the crock pot and put a couple of inches of boiling water in the crock pot, around the bowl. Put the lid on and leave on low overnight. The oats will be ready for you in the morning.

  12. My favorite way to eat oats is (cows)milk, pinch of salt, cinnemon and lots of apple. Yumm ^_^

  13. Mud Sock Girl // 11th January 2019 at 5:19 pm // Reply

    Oats are my husband’s favorite breakfast. He loves oats so much that sometimes he even has them for dinner as well. I like the steel cut but my husband prefers the old fashioned. I’ve been toying with the idea of combining the two types of oats. I would appreciate your input or any suggestions you might have. The plan is to cook the steel cut oats as usual but then add the old fashioned oats toward the end of the cooking time–so they are both done at the same time. I also plan on adding some fruit (like bananas, or dates, maybe a few diced cherries or blueberries) –I would add the dates about half way through and add the bananas and berries at the end so they wouldn’t turn to mush. I would add some walnuts to my husband’s bowl (cause I don’t like nuts in things). What do you think, is this a good or bad one? Thanks so much, your suggestions are appreciated. 🙂 Loved the video, thx :):):)

  14. Mori Darkmoss // 11th January 2019 at 6:24 pm // Reply

    Love your videos Dani. Here’s my experience making them in the microwave: I use a Pyrex container (without the lid). I’ve found that I can get the oats to really absorb the water and soften up much better and faster in the microwave. The trick is to stand by and stop and start the microwave, stirring in between, while the oats cook! I also enjoy my oats with a little Irish butter and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt. A spoon of cream if I’m in the mood. Thanks for the video!

  15. Eileen Ramspacher // 11th January 2019 at 6:42 pm // Reply

    I make mine in the Instant Pot …. 2 cups oats (not instant) 6 cups water and 2 cinnamon sticks. High pressure for 6 minutes/natural release. They come out great.

  16. I use instant pot. 5 cups water, salt and 2 cups oats. Pressure cooker 4 minutes. I do this once a week and refrigerate 3/4 cup servings for the week. I heat for 2 mins in microwave and serve with raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and walnuts!

  17. Healthy Recipe Channel // 11th January 2019 at 7:19 pm // Reply

    These recipes all looked so delicious. I have made Oats a new part of my everyday diet for heart health. Thanks so much for always putting out great recipes and content. Happy New Year. 🙂

  18. I’m so glad you make this video. I was wondering when someone would do a video on steel cut oats rather than all the other oats. Thanks love it

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