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slow cooker steel cut oats

Date Sweetened Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

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 nutrition factor with milk. Milk provides protein and other nutrients that will set you up for the day. It's a complete breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Diet Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 296kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 2mg