Slow Cooker Red Bean (Adzuki) Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Red Bean (Adzuki) Oatmeal

This has a taste similar to red bean ice cream. I added a little extra sweetener for this one since I needed it to give it a sweeter feel.

If you (or anyone you live with) is a more traditional eater, adding the candied ginger makes it taste less beany. But if you like red bean ice cream you’ll really like this oatmeal.

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You can always cook the beans ahead of time and purée them with some of the nondairy milk and sweetener. This will help picky eaters get on board with a Chinese dessert for breakfast (plus they won’t be able to pick them out…)!

The red beans adds iron, potassium, and an extra shot of protein to your morning bowl of oats. You could leave out the sweetener all together and make this a savory breakfast if you wanted to.

Slow Cooker Red Bean (Adzuki) Oatmeal

Serves: 2 or 3

**This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker that's 1½ to 2 quarts
  • ½ cup Bob's Red Mill steel-cut oats (they have a gluten-free one as well)
  • 2 cups Unsweetened So Delicious Coconut Milk
  • ¼ cup dried adzuki beans
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons sweetener
  • (I used vanilla sugar)
  • diced candied ginger for garnish (optional)
The night before:
  1. Spray your crock with some oil to help with clean up later.
  2. Add everything but sweetener and the optional candied ginger.
  3. Cook on low over night (7 to 9 hours).
In the morning:
  1. Stir your oatmeal well. It may seem watery at the top but if stirred it should become a more uniform consistency.
  2. Stir in sweetener and top with optional diced candied ginger.

**(See Page Link on Menu Bar to get to Slow Cooker Oatmeal FAQS)


  1. says

    I can’t believe I’d never thought of adding the beans to my oatmeal before. I’m an avid red bean ice cream lover and I would adore this! Thank you so much for posting the recipe – it looks fantastic! =)

  2. says

    This is great! I’m eating right now for breakfast after slow cooking over night. I didn’t have any oats so I made it with bob’s red mill hot rice cereal. It worked out great. Thank you!

    • Kathy Hester says

      All red beans are not toxic. Kidney beans are the variety to watch out for and make sure you boil for 10 minutes to get rid of its toxin. Adzuki, small red beans and other heirloom variates not related to kidney beans are not toxic.

  3. Dora Abrahams says

    I am trying this right now with light coconut milk. It seems like 2 cups is not enough liquid (given the beans and oats are uncooked to begin with). Is there a misprint?

    • Kathy Hester says

      So sorry I just saw this. I made it so long ago that I can’t be sure now. But I’d add an extra 1/2 cup liquid just in case.

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