Crock Pot Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal

Yawwwwnnnn. It’s Monday morning and we are a sleepy little bunch this morning. Our toddler, or Miss Thing as I often call her, decided sleep was optional last night, so after several hours of singing and rocking and looking at stars, we all ended up in bed watching Finding Nemo for the 27th time after which we finally got a little bit of shut eye.

Thank goodness we had this Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal waiting for us this morning. It’s the little things that make life a little easier … and not having to worry about thinking up and turning out a breakfast made me happy indeed.

Crock Pot Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal | Kitchen Treaty

I am rubbing my eyes, downing the coffee, and shoveling this yummy stuff in while trying to hammer out this blog post. My daughter is spooning every other bite into the water she just poured all over her highchair tray.

The first time we tried this oatmeal was last week, um, for dinner. I was testing the recipe and Miss Thing started exclaiming, “Oatmeal! Oatmeal!” She ate a ton, which is always a victory around here. We love it, too.

Even though there’s no milk or cream in this oatmeal, the overnight Crock Pot preparation and the pumpkin make it wonderfully creamy, tender, and even a little decadent.

I love making oatmeal this way. I put it in one of my large Fiestaware gusto bowls, and set that into the Crock Pot. Then I fill the Crock Pot with water, making a bain-marie of sorts. This allows the oatmeal to cook evenly all night, right in the bowl. In the morning, I scoop some of it out into a bowl for the hubby and the kid, and the remaining is for moi. AND THEN I DON’T HAVE TO SOAK AND SCRUB AND SOAK AGAIN AND SCRUB THE DANG CROCK POT! (Well … really, it’s my guy who doesn’t have to scrub the Crock Pot. Somehow he always ends up taking on that job … gosh, I love that guy.)

Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Crock Pot

So yeah … oatmeal this way is pretty much the best thing ever.

Oh, and another benefit to cooking steel-cut oats in the Crock Pot is that I’ve found that only need about half the oats that you do for more traditional preparations. I think the long soaking time makes the oats swell a bit more. So it totally saves you money – and I would guess ultimately calories, too.

Anyway. This particular Crock Pot oatmeal recipe is my most recent obsession. It uses a good amount of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and pecans for a creamy pumpkin-pie-esque delicious overnight easy-clean just dang awesome breakfast.

Crock Pot Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal | Kitchen Treaty

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Crock Pot Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal

Perfect for fall, this creamy spiced pumpkin and pecan oatmeal makes for an easy, hearty, and no-mess breakfast.

Yield: 3-4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water plus additional water for bain-marie
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans plus more for topping if desired

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl mix 1 1/2 cups water, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Add the oats to a 23-ounce or larger oven-safe bowl (I use Fiestaware or Pyrex are good choices). Pour the pumpkin mixture over the top. Stir. Carefully place bowl in the middle of the Crock Pot and carefully fill Crock Pot with water, to about 1 inch below the rim of the bowl. Sprinkle with pecans.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Turn off Crock Pot and remove lid, allowing the bowl to cool enough to lift out of the Crock Pot. Remove bowl and stir well. Sprinkle pecans and additional brown sugar on individual servings, if desired.

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34 Responses to “Crock Pot Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal”

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  2. Liz posted on October 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Ooh, boy! Now this is the way to eat oatmeal…YUM!

  3. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. posted on October 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I can’t think of a more perfect fall breakfast!

  4. Wendy | Around My Family Table posted on October 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Great minds think alike, but I’m loving your version! I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for joining #Crocktoberfest2013!

  5. Ramona posted on October 15, 2013 at 3:47 am

    This is one healthy and delicious breakfast. The bonus is it’s from the slow cooker. :) Great to share crocktoberfest week with you. :)

  6. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on October 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I love steel cut oatmeal in the crockpot, but I usually make it plain and mix stuff in later. And I don’t usually put water in the pot like that. GENIUS! Cleaning that baked on oatmeal out of the crockpot is never fun.

  7. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on October 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I love steel cut oatmeal in the crockpot, but I usually make it plain and mix stuff in later. And I don’t usually put water in the pot like that. GENIUS! Cleaning that baked on oatmeal out of the crockpot is never fun.

    • Karen Troughton replied on October 18th, 2013 on 8:32 am

      As much as I swoon over my Crock Pot, I HATE scrubbing the sucker! I’m grateful that my guy usually takes on the task. Though usually I think it’s because he’s sick of seeing it soaking in the sink.

      • Breanna B replied on February 4th, 2014 on 10:01 am

        Just a helpful tip for you karen or anyone who loves using their slow cooker, Reynolds, the same company that makes the foil wrap also makes SLOW COOKER LINERS. I use them every time I cook in my slow cooker and there’s no need to soak or scrub :D

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  9. Allen posted on October 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I make steel cut oats for breakfast frequently during the colder months, but this was my first foray into using a crock pot. I didn’t feel like searching for a bowl as an insert so I will get to soak and scrub, but I’ve got to say it will be worth it. I’m sampling a bowl now as I wait for my wife and daughter to stumble downstairs. Tastes so good I pulled your recipe up again so I could share with friends this morning!!

    • Kare @ Kitchen Treaty replied on November 3rd, 2013 on 12:02 pm

      Hi Allen, I’m so glad you liked it! Hopefully the scrubbing wasn’t too bad. ;)

  10. Sue posted on November 3, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Very disappointing. Bland and gooey. I’ll not be making this again. Zero stars.

    • Kare @ Kitchen Treaty replied on November 3rd, 2013 on 11:57 am

      I’m sad to hear you didn’t like it! It’s been a favorite breakfast of ours this season.

  11. Xeraux posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    My initial reaction the first time I made this was a little “Meh”, too, but I did two things differently the second time around. I added a couple of pinches of salt and another tablespoon of brown sugar. Awesome.

  12. Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) posted on November 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Looks delicious! Love the idea of steel cut oats in the crockpot. Yum!

  13. Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) posted on November 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Looks delicious! Love the idea of steel cut oats in the crockpot. Yum!

  14. Elizabeth posted on November 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I love this! I’ve made it 3 times over the past couple of weeks. It is awesome and perfection each time!!! This recipe is a keeper. Thank you.

  15. Elizabeth posted on November 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I love this! I’ve made it 3 times over the past couple of weeks. It is awesome and perfection each time!!! This recipe is a keeper. Thank you.

  16. Elizabeth posted on November 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I love this! I’ve made it 3 times over the past couple of weeks. It is awesome and perfection each time!!! This recipe is a keeper. Thank you.

  17. Elizabeth posted on November 14, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I love this! I’ve made it 3 times over the past couple of weeks. It is awesome and perfection each time!!! This recipe is a keeper. Thank you.

  18. Kelly posted on November 15, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I was searching for an easy way to have breakfast ready for my 9 month old twins so I tried this out. It tasted great – but I had to add in coconut milk to thin it out because it was super thick and sticky when I woke up this morning. Next time I am going to try my crock pot on the warm setting.

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  22. Erin posted on December 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Wanted to double this for company, but I can only fit 2 20-oz giant ramekin type things in my slow cooker. It would overflow eh? To make it as written, I can just fit one of the same ramekins in there. Thinking I’ll just not put the whole mixture in there, just wondered how disastrous it would be. This looks yummy and I’m not even a big fan of oatmeal.

    • Karen Troughton replied on December 23rd, 2013 on 7:23 am

      Hi Erin, yeah, I think you’re on the right track – just put it directly in the Crock Pot. It’ll be kind of a pain to scrub out the Crock Pot, but the Bain-marie method really only works for smaller servings (well, unless you have a giant Crock Pot and a very big bowl!)

  23. Kate posted on January 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Yum!! This was a really easy way to make overnight oatmeal, and it turned out perfectly!

    • Karen Troughton replied on January 7th, 2014 on 4:54 am

      Hi Kate, so glad you liked it! I hadn’t been making overnight oatmeal lately, but finally whipped some up last night. It was so nice to have a piping hot breakfast waiting for me this morning! :)

  24. Amber posted on January 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I love steel cut oats but hate the 20-30 minutes it takes to make them in the morning. This recipe changes all of that! This was really good and the oatmeal came out to a great consistency. Even my normally oatmeal-hating husband liked this recipe. Not having to soak and scrub the Crockpot is definitely an added bonus!

    • Karen Troughton replied on January 7th, 2014 on 4:41 am

      Hi Amber, I totally agree with you on the 20-30 minutes, seems like forever, especially first thing in the morning! I’m so glad you (and your hubby!) liked it. :)

  25. Allison posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Wow is this scrumptious! I’m on my second bowl of stick to your ribs goodness! Before serving, I poured 1 tbl heavy cream over each serving (naughty I know!), and yum! After being stuck inside due to sub zero temps, this is a real treat. Will definitely make again, especially since now I have almost nothing to clean up!

  26. Brenda posted on October 20, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Whoa!!!  I finally found a recipe/method that both my hubby and I love!!!  Question.  I don’t have a ceramic/glass bowl that will fit (I had to use the insert from a smaller crockpot this test), but I have found a metal bowl that will fit…will that work?

    • Karen Raye replied on October 21st, 2014 on 4:03 pm

      Hmm … I guess I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, it would stand up to the heat for sure. But I wonder if any of the taste of the metal might be leached into the oatmeal? Or even the possibility of rust? Sorry I don’t have a definitive answer. If it were me I’d use it as an excuse to buy a (yet another) new bowl – ha. ;)

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