These Creamy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats are a delicious, healthy and hearty breakfast! Serve a bowl up with extra brown sugar and cream. And add extra toppings if you wish, like shredded coconut and nuts!
Welcome back to the last day of Slow Cooker Week that I shared with Tara of Suburble! We have been busy cooking up dishes we hoped would make your life and meal planning a little easier! So far we’ve shared Slow Cooker Roast Beef & Gravy, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, Crockpot Maple Glazed Ribs and Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce.
Slow Cookers are great for breakfast too!
I thought I would end off the week with a breakfast recipe, so I made Creamy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats. I have always been curious about making steel cut oatmeal in the slow cooker, because the idea of waking up to a hot breakfast just sounded SO good. But here’s the thing…steel cut oats in the crockpot overnight just. doesn’t. work. It doesn’t. Having oatmeal in a crockpot overnight is too long, and the oatmeal will either burn or turn to mush or both. #askmehowiknow
Make it on Sunday, have oats for the week ahead!
But this doesn’t mean you can’t cook steel cuts oats in the slow cooker, you just have to have your timing right. This recipe is a 3 hour slow cooker recipe, which means you have to think ahead about when you want to serve it. For example, you could make it during the day on Sunday, and then put it in the fridge to be enjoyed over the course of the upcoming week. This is really handy for busy school mornings when the kids can just help themselves to a scoop, warm it up in the microwave, and then enjoy a healthy home made breakfast.
Or start it early in the morning and serve it for brunch!
Or if you are planning a brunch you could start the slow cooker early in the morning and have it ready for a late breakfast. Even though the timing is short and maybe a little awkward, it is worth it for the delicious end result! And actually, the nice thing about making it in the slow cooker is that you don’t have to watch, or keep stirring the oatmeal to make sure it doesn’t burn, like you would have to in a pot on the stove. Using a crockpot makes this oatmeal perfectly creamy and delicious! It’s worth the planning!
Delicious and nutritious.
Because it’s fall, and I’m basically obsessed with pumpkin, I wanted to give this recipe a pumpkin twist. The addition of pure pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg make this Creamy Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats a delicious and nutritious breakfast!
- You have to use steel cut oats in this recipe, as regular oats just won’t withstand the length of cooking and will just turn to mush. You can find Steel Cut Oats in most grocery stores in the cereal aisle, or specialty/natural foods section.
- This is a 3 hour slow cooker recipe, which means you have to think ahead about when you want to serve it.
- Add extra toppings if you wish, like shredded coconut and nuts!
Creamy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats
- 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats see notes
- 3 cups whole milk
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup pure pumpkin
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup raisins
- Add all of the ingredients to a crockpot, and mix well.
- Cover and cook in the crockpot on low for 3 hours.
- Stir oatmeal well, and serve it up with extra brown sugar and cream. I also like to top it off with extra raisins, some shredded coconut and almonds.
Don’t forget to head on over to Tara’s blog to get another great crockpot recipe! She made Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup!
Have a delicious day!