Crockpot Steel Cut Oats w/Peaches & Blueberries

by DanicasDaily on March 22, 2010

Last night I decided it’s been too long since I’ve made up a big batch of Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats.  Steel Cut Oats are My FAVORITE type of oat because they are completely unrefined and they have such a chewy texture that almost “pops” in your mouth.  I am pretty sure once you try REAL Steel Cut Oats (NOT the Quick Cooking Kind), it will be hard for you to go back to regular oatmeal.  This recipe is so easy and you wake to a big pot of Steel Cut Oats.




3 C Steel Cut Oats (I used Trader Joe’s)

1/4 C Ground Flax Seeds

8 C water

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract (I used Bourbon Vanilla :D)

Pinch of Salt, optional

1 lb frozen peaches

1-2 c frozen blueberries


1.  Spray your crock pot with nonstick spray or use a crock pot liner.  DO NOT SKIP this step you will be scrubbing for days.

2.  Combine all the ingredients in your crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours.

3.  Remove cinnamon sticks.  Serve with your favorite toppings.  I LOVE making this into a dessert and using brown sugar, whipped butter and coconut.

Makes 10 cups, 4 points per cup.

Nutritional information per serving (I think this estimate is high ~ calculated at

Calories 216.8, Total Fat 4.6 g, Saturated Fat 0.1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g, Cholesterol 0.0 mg, Sodium 51.9 mg, Potassium 97.0 mg, Total Carbohydrate 39.4 g, Dietary Fiber 6.8 g, Sugars 9.7 g, Protein 6.9 g

I didn’t really do any step by steps for this recipe.  I fill my crock pot to the brim and all the fruit rises at it cooks over night.


Once you mix it all up, it looks like delicious oats with firm fruit.  It freezes AWESOME too, just be sure to portion into 1 cup containers.  A little water might be needed when heating.


I made a BIG 6 point bowl of comfort ~ topped with 1/2 Tbsp Whipped Butter, 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar and a sprinkle of unsweetened organic coconut.


MELTED brown sugar + whipped butter = CARAMEL ~ this tastes just like PEACH COBBLER in every bite if you don’t mix it up!


Mid morning I snacked on a LF Cabot Cheese and small Banana (2 pts)


Last night I was sort of on a roll with preparing foods for the week.  I whipped up a Batch of Harvest Grain Salad.  I had a 1/2 cup (4 pt) serving over mixed greens with mini peppers, an 1/8 of Avocado (1 pt) and Beniisimo Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar.


Flavored Balsamic Vinegars are my FAVORITE salad topper because they add pretty much zero calories and TONS of flavor.


Since I am debating if I have a cold or not, I added a cup of Muir Glen Organic Chicken Noodle Soup for good measure (2 pts).


And a perfectly hard boiled egg ~ 2 points of Protein

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My AWESOME co-worker brought me my FAVORITE ChocoLOVE bar today so I knew that my afternoon snack was ALL ABOUT CHOCOLOVE!


Several of you have ask if their chocolate is really THAT good or why I LOVE it.  To me, it’s awesome because they include FULL SIZED ALMONDS plus just hints of sea salt with a super creamy, smooth dark chocolate.  I had 6 squares for 3 points (160 calories) which is totally worth it!


By the time I got home, I was pretty much feeling like I have a cold.  I decided I NEEDED some spicy soup to scare my cold away.  Awhile back, I saw that Biz made THIS VEGETABLE PHO soup and I have been wanting to make it ~ PHO is one of my FAVORITE soups around!  I wanted her entire meal actually but I was too lazy to make it all so I put a spin on it!

I started off combining the broth, ginger, jalapeño, pepper corn and cinnamon chips.  I was hesitant to add the cinnamon but it honestly added an AMAZING new level of flavor.


While my broth boiled, I chopped up some veggies I had on hand ~ cabbage, carrots, green onion and cilantro.


I pulled out some of the TJ’s MINI Chicken Cilantro Won Tons that I used when I made my Chicken Cilantro Potsticker Veggie Soup.


I removed everything in the chicken broth and added the cabbage and carrots.  I cooked them for 5 minutes, then added 12 mini wontons plus the jalepeno slices, oyster sauce and sriracha.  I let it cook for 2 minutes.


Tadahhhh! 4 points of deliciousness!


But, you know I couldn’t leave it alone ~ I doused it with more Sriracha!  Super HOT ~ hopefully I “singed” my cold away!


I think I could eat a million of these mini won tons ~ so good!


See, I actually did buy the won ton/pot sticker wrappers to make her Thai Basil Won Ton Cups too, but my cold wouldn’t let me :) So, I ended up just baking 5 of them at 350 for 8 minutes.  They are pretty tasty and would be awesome topped with some parmesan and black pepper. (2 pts)


I washed it all down with some Sobe Forti-FIGHT!


Plus, broke out my Greenergy to take along with my vitamins.



* I WON!! Biz held a giveaway to celebrate her birthday last week and I was the LUCKY winner today ~ woohoo!  Check out what I won – SO EXCITED!  Thanks BIZ!

 * Tomorrow (03/23) Is FREE Pastry Day @Starbucks ~ Get a FREE pastry w/any drink order PRINT YOUR COUPON and tell me what you got!

* Not that this is related to anything in particular, but, this cool chart for Food Storage came in my Eat Clean Diet Newsletter ~ thought I’d share.

My book and BED are calling my NAME ~ I hope this COLD goes AWAY soon!

Night all!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

janetha March 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm

why did it never occur to me to make breakfast in the crock pot? GENIUS! oh. breakfast casserole in the crock pot. ok i kinda feel like you have done this before? or if you havent, it seems like something you WOULD do, and then i would steal your idea/recipe :) LOL debating if you have a cold hahah you are so cute. blueberry vinegar sounds unreal! yum! DONT GET SICK


kate March 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I love peaches in my oats. Actually I love all fruit in my oatmeal! Feel better soon!


Tay March 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Love those wontons!! Yummmm. Thanks for the Starbies reminder! I’m on complete vacation mode break so hopefully I leave the house by 10:30! 😉


Lauren March 23, 2010 at 3:41 am

What a fantastic oatmeal recipe!!! I have never tried to make them in a slow cooker, but I can’t imagine it being anything less than sensational!

Have a great day hun!


Ashley March 23, 2010 at 4:56 am

blueberry balsamic? yum! My mom used pomegranate balsamic in a rgreen bean meditteranean salad ecipe over Thanksgiving and it was absolutely delicious. YUM


Biz March 23, 2010 at 7:10 am

Hooray for the pho soup!! Yours looks delicious – I agree the spicy broth makes it! 😀


Tiffany March 23, 2010 at 7:16 am

OMG love the idea of oats in the crock !!! And now I am singing “Oats in the Crock” to the tune of “Pants on da ground” haha. I have never made it before it the crock but dumb question, can you freeze it afterwards or how long will it stay good in the fridge?

I got a piece of lemon poundcake this morning-yay for free pastry day!

Hope you feel better soon-I was the same way yesterday and couldn’t decide if I was getting sick or not but after a good nights sleep, feel myself. Sriracha always helps chase the bad goons away!


Tina March 23, 2010 at 7:33 am

I always love your creativity with meals. Those wonton things look great for a soup. Oh, Trader Joe’s, why can’t you be closer to me?! :(


DanicasDaily March 23, 2010 at 8:31 am

Hi Tiffany,

Yes, you can totally freeze them. In fact, I usually put half of it in the freezer in 1 cup servings. When you unthaw it/reheat it, you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water, but, other than that, you are good to go.

You can keep it in the fridge for about 4-5 days.

I somehow secretly wish you could’ve posted a you tube video of you singing so we all could’ve heard it 😀 LOL

Thanks – I am doing my best to make this cold not really develop and go away!



Melissa S. March 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

i love your harvest grain salads! they always look so good!

and i don’t know that i’ve seen flavored balsamics! Interesting!


Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well March 23, 2010 at 9:01 am

Lovely oats recipe! Overnight oats are so convenient!


Lynn (The Actors Diet) March 23, 2010 at 9:19 am

love the crockpot/steel oats tutorial!


Denise (the apple hill adventurer) March 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

congrats on the win!
I tried irish oats once, and I have to say, to me, it is not worth the cooking time. I don’t enjoy the consistency I guess :p I am good with instant oats haha

I also find that I love fresh blueberries, but when I put them oats, they dont hold their own flavor wise. blackberries, strawberries, and raisins seem to fair the best!

your eats for the day are SO yummy looking!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 23, 2010 at 10:49 am

I don’t have a crock pot, but I used to LOVE making a huge batch of steel-cut oats and eating them all week! I need to do that again. Yours look delish!

I love balsamic- blueberry sounds to die for!

I had no idea you did a post on the perfect h-b egg- I just did one recently! Great minds think alike =D

And that chocolate… YUM!



kalli@fitandfortysomething March 23, 2010 at 11:59 am

i just love steel cut oats but i have never crock potted them….i think i may try :)


BroccoliHut March 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Mmm peach-blueberry is one of my favorite smoothie combos, so I bet it’s delicious in oatmeal as well!


Jenn March 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I’ve been debating on wether I have a cold or not too. :-/ Hope the verdict comes out favorable.

That soup looks YUM!

Reply March 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I have not made oats in the crock pot yet but yours sure do look good.

Sorry you have a cold. Both of my kids have come down with colds, what’s up with that it is Spring!


KBaker March 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

as an FYI: Reynolds makes a crock pot liner bag that is a BIG help with clean-up. you get a little juice. but… if you spray lightly with non-stick and line it with the bag — clean-up is a breeze!


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