Ultimate slow cooker steel cut oats (V, GF)

Not really a breakfast person? That’s about to change. This steel cut oatmeal will make you wanna munch when you wake up!

If you prepare an entire week’s worth of this stuff on Sunday night, you’ll have it every morning M-F. It’s loaded with protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. No added oils, sugar, dairy or processed nut milks. Just pure whole foods.

Below is the single-serving recipe, which can be adapted and multiplied by however many servings you need to make at once. I usually make enough for 5 servings (1 per weekday). It heats up well in the microwave.


Toss all of the following into your slow cooker. Cook on low 5-7 hours or until done (you can’t really screw this up, just check on it and stir it occasionally). For best results, make lots!

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/8 cup raisins (optional, this is your “sweetener”)
  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 Tbs ground flax seeds (whole flax seeds are not digestible, use ground!)
  • 1 Tbs hemp seeds/hearts
  • 1 Tbs raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbs raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbs chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Top with 1/4 cup frozen blueberries or other berries.

To lower the sugar content, eliminate or reduce the raisins.

To lower the fat content, eliminate or reduce the nuts and seeds.

This breakfast is very balanced among the complex carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and Omega-3’s and monounsaturated fats. With nearly 50% your RDA for fiber, it should keep you full until your midday munch!



Wife, yogi, and cat mama living in the SF Bay Area.

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