I have the most absolute, groundbreaking, PERFECT idea for Suhoor —
Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not the first person who threw steel cut oats in a slow cooker (affiliate link). But I don’t know why all 1.6 billion Muslims aren’t making them for Suhoor?!?!? Because they’re perfect for Suhoor!
Why, you ask? Well…
Numero Uno: Steel Cut Oats are a health food. They are whole groat oats that have been chopped into pieces. And since you’re (hopefully) eating less during Ramadan, you want to try to make your calories count.
Numero Dos: They are high in fiber and a complex carbohydrate, both elements which should be present in a pre-fast meal. And because they rank low on the Glycemic Index, it takes pretty long to digest them. So they make you feel fuller longer, which is ideal for fasting.
Numero Tres: You can throw them in the slow cooker right before sleeping (which is probably late, since it’s Ramadan) and be extremely lazy in the kitchen in the morning. No rushing and constant Fajr-time monitoring required!
So…Don’t feel like making parathas? Steel cut oats got your back! Want to spend the wee hours of the morning focusing on spiritual rejuvenation? You do you, boo! 😀
I love the texture of steel cut oats, and this an easy/lazy/delicious way to cook them. Plus, I’ve naturally sweetened them with dates. By morning, the dates take on a beautiful purple hue and become very easy to mix in. Add to that, you’re amping up the nutritional factor with milk. Milk provides protein and other nutrients that will set you up for the day. It’s a complete breakfast.
Before you start, here are a few tips:
- They may take more or less time to cook depending on your slow cooker. When it’s done, the edges will be slightly browned, and the oats will be well cooked and creamy but still have some liquid. You may want to make them during the day once to see how long they’ll take in your slow cooker.
- Use a slow cooker liner like this one (affiliate link). Otherwise, you’ll allocate the time you saved from cooking to cleaning. Don’t use rolled oats unless you intend to cook them for a much shorter time, and with less liquid. For more kitchen hacks, grab my 15 Kitchen Hacks to save you time and energy!
- I’ve tried them with just the base recipe (oats, water, milk, salt, and dates) and many times with my recipe below. You can build on the base recipe as you wish!
Date Sweetened Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups milk I use dairy, soy, and sometimes almond
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 4 pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 tsp rose water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder or freshly ground green cardamom seeds from about 3 cardamom pods
- pinch saffron optional
- up to 1 tbsp honey optional, though I usually add
Line your crock pot or slow cooker with a slow cooker liner.
Add all ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Slow cooker times can vary depending on the size of your slow cooker.
Mix to shred the dates as desired. I often serve it with a splash of milk. You may also add a little milk before reheating leftovers.