The Easiest Way To Make Steel Cut Oats

Anyone else a fan of steel-cut oats? I love them, but I somehow make a mess every time I make them. They boil all over the stove, and it's just a chore to clean up the pot and the stove. I've been reading on Pinterest about cooking steel-cut oats in the slow-cooker, so I decided to give it a try. 

Oh my goodness... I will never cook them another way. It was so ridiculously easy, and if you prep your slow-cooker with a slow-cooker liner, clean-up is non-existant. Side note: if you've never used a slow-cooker liner, you need to, pronto. You can find them in the store near the foil. 

I cooked mine on high for 3.5 hours and they were perfect. I haven't cooked them on low, but I understand that you can set them on low for 8 hours overnight while you sleep. Again, I haven't tried that yet, but I'll experiment with it. While the oats were still warm, I scooped out 1-cup portions and dropped them into jumbo muffin tins to cool completely. I then popped the muffins tin in the freezer for a few hours to freeze the oats. I popped them out of the tin and they're in a freezer bag, in the freezer, perfectly portioned for when I feel like some steel cut oats. Here's the recipe I used. Swap out the pears for apples, some juice or milk for some of the water, the allspice for cinnamon or your favorite mixture of spices, the honey for your favorite sweeter, etc; it's your creation!

Ginger Pear Steel-Cut Oats

1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
6 cups water
3 medium pears, diced
1-inch knob ginger, grated
1 tsp allspice
1 Tbls vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey

Place all ingredients into a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Turn on high and cook for 3.5-4 hours. Makes 7, 1-cup servings.

5 Weight Watchers Points Plus