In case you didn’t already know, I am in love with everything pumpkin and autumn. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats is a breakfast with a healthy base of hearty oats flavored with pumpkin and spices. Add the topping for a sweeter oatmeal, or just stir in a little applesauce or date paste.
I am in love with pumpkin and winter squash. They are good for you and can be used in just about any sweet or savory dish. They also keep last through much of the winter when stored inside.
Or you can do my favorite thing and stock up on canned pumpkin puree right after Thanksgiving when it’s on sale.
Why Make Steel Cut Oats in Your Slow Cooker?
I love the connivence of adding my oats and nondairy milk to the slow cooker before I go to bed. The steel cut oats do cook soft with this method.
That means if you like chewy steel cut oats you’re better off making them in your Instant Pot or on the stove.
While You Have Your Slow Cooker Out Here Are More Crockpot Oat Breakfasts.
You can’t exist on Slow Cooker Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats alone.
This list wouldn’t be complete without Earl Grey Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats with Rosewater. Two of my favorite flavors that go great with oatmeal.
What Do Slow Cooker Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats Taste Like?
This oatmeal has a healthy steel-cut oat base mixed with pumpkin and spices. The sweetness comes from the topping, but you can always add some extra sweetener or a splash a vanilla nondairy milk to make it a little sweeter.
How Do You Keep Oatmeal from Sticking to the Slow Cooker?
The easiest way is to spray some oil in the crock before adding your ingredients. You can also line the crock with parchment paper, but make sure that there’s a solid barrier to contain the liquid.
I tear off a very large piece of parchment place it in the crock and then cut off the extra paper.
Can I Use Water in Place of the Nondairy Milk?
You sure can. Just use the same amount of water. I do find that the tiny bit of fat from the nondairy milk helps the oats still less in the slow cooker.
Can I Use Rolled Oats in Place of Steel-Cut Oats?
I do not recommend doing this because they will basically dissolve and create an unpleasant texture. You could cook them in a pot in pot method with water in the slow cooker and on top of a rack if it’s the only choice you have.
Can I Use Oat Groats in Place of Steel-Cut Oats?
You can but increase the water or nondairy milk to 2 cups. Cook the same amount of time.
What’s the Difference Between Rolled Oats, Steel-Cut Oats, and Oat Groats?
Rolled Oats are steamed then put through rollers. That makes them the most processed, but not in a bad way. Rolled oats are still good for you.
Steel Cut Oats are whole oats with the husk removed. Then they are literally cut with steel into 2 or 3 pieces.
Oat groats are are whole oats with the husk removed and nothing else. These are the least processed.
Slow Cooker Ingredients
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
- 1 3/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Nondairy Milk (or plain plus 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
coffee cake topping
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar, or other sweetener if you don't use refined sugar
- 3 tablespoons pecans, chopped, or leave out to make nut-free
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
The night before:
Mix toppings in a small container and cover until the morning. Spray your crock with some oil to help with clean up later (optional).
Add all the ingredients except the toppings.
Cook on low overnight (7 to 9 hours).
In the morning:
Stir your oatmeal well. It may seem watery at the top but if stirred it should be a more uniform consistency.
Top with coffee cake topping.
soy-free and gluten-free **This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker 1½ to 2 quarts
Nutrition InformationYield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 189 Total Fat 9g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 7g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 6mg Carbohydrates 26g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 3g Sugar 14g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 4g