Pumpkin Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats are a delicious fall breakfast. Healthy & vegan – these pumpkin oats can be made in the crockpot or on the stovetop! This post was made in partnership with NOW.
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These pumpkin steel cut oats are the cozy breakfast of your dreams. Hearty, comforting, and SO easy to make.
Slow cooker steel cut oats are easily customizable and can be made all year long beyond just pumpkin season. Once you try them, you’ll fall in love!
I use the crockpot for anything and everything I can. Lemon Rosemary Whole Chicken, Paleo Turkey Chili, Healthy Pulled Pork are a few of my favorite recipes, one of which I usually make every week (that’s how good they are!)
While I make dinner in my crockpot all the time, I can honestly say I’ve never made breakfast in it.. because up until a few weeks ago I didn’t even know what kind of breakfast I could possibly make in it!
If you love pumpkin, you have to try these 30 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes!
I can’t believe I didn’t think to try cooking steel cut oats in the crockpot sooner. The oats came out SO delicious – rich, creamy, and perfectly cooked. Plus, they were so easy to make!
This would be a great recipe to meal prep while you’re at home on a Sunday, or to throw in the crockpot before bed for the next day!
Ingredients for Crockpot Steel Cut oatmeal:
How to make slow cooker steel cut oats:
Making these pumpkin steel cut oats is SO easy. Put everything in the crockpot, stir, and set to low. That’s IT!
It really doesn’t get any simpler than this. I also included stove top instructions in the post below if you’d prefer to follow those!
I used NOW Real Food Organic Steel Cut Oats in this recipe. We love to use NOW products in ALL of our recipes. Our pantry is filled with their ingredients, from flours, to nut butters, to protein powders and more.
I personally visited their facilities a few years ago and saw the rigorous testing and quality standards that they have in place.
Substitutions for Crockpot Steel Cut Oats:
These crockpot steel cut oats are easily customized to whatever flavor/dietary needs you’d like.
- Pumpkin: Sub pumpkin with banana or applesauce if you don’t have it or don’t want to use pumpkin
- Fruit: Add in whatever fruit you’d like to this recipe. You can add raw apples into the crockpot and let them cook with the oatmeal. If you are going to add berries, I would wait to add them until after this has cooked so they don’t get too mushy. You can also add dried fruit like cranberries or raisins while it’s cooking or after!
- Nuts/Seeds : Pumpkin seeds, pecans, hemp seeds or chia seeds all go great on top of this! Feel free to add whatever nuts/seeds you like.
- WW Freestyle Note: Use sugar free syrup instead of regular maple syrup to save 1SP per serving.
- Sweetener : You can sub maple syrup with honey. You can also use less maple syrup or add it after it has cooked to your taste
- Milk: You can use whatever milk you like in this.. dairy, non dairy, oat, soy, etc.. they’ll all work!
- Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal – You can make steel cut oatmeal in the oven. Check out this recipe for Baked Steel Cut Oats
Tips for slow cooker steel cut oats:
- Watch your crockpot – If your crockpot tends to be very hot, or does not default to shutting off after the time you set, you will need to watch your crockpot. These oats can easily over cook and they will be a mushy mess if you don’t stop them from cooking after 4 hours. Some crockpots may only need 3 hours, some may need 5. Every crockpot is different
- Spray crockpot with cooking spray – My crockpot is pretty great and most things do not stick to it, but I find that the starches in the oats sometimes can leave a sticky mess. You can spray the base of your crockpot with coconut oil or your favorite cooking spray to prevent this. You could also use a crockpot liner.
- Don’t try this with other types of oats – This recipe will not work with old fashioned rolled oats or quick cook oats. This will also not work with quick cook steel cut oats. You will wind up with a gooey mess.
- Stir if you can – I’d recommend stirring this every hour if you can. Just like when you cook oatmeal on the stove – the starches in the oats can rise to the top and stick. Stirring will prevent that and will also help disperse the spices which can also get stuck at the top while cooking!
How to store cooked steel cut oats:
These pumpkin crockpot steel cut oats will store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They reheat perfectly on the microwave or stovetop. I recommend putting them in mason jars for storing/reheating!
Other healthy oatmeal recipes:
- Apple Oatmeal
- Healthy Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
- Egg White Oatmeal
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Healthy Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
- Add all ingredients into the crockpot and stir to combine
- Cover the crockpot + cook on low for 4 hours. It's best to stir every hour if you can, but if not - it will cook just fine!
- In a large pot, add all ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to medium heat and cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring every few minutes until oats have absorbed most of the liquid and are thick.