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3 Ways to Spice Up Your Slow-Cooked Oatmeal

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Packed with fiber, calcium and potassium, oatmeal is a tasty and healthy alternative to sugary cereals, pancakes loaded with syrup and packaged breakfast bars. Ditch the unhealthy breakfasts and kick start your morning by fueling up with a bowl of this whole-grain powerhouse.  Oatmeal is quick and easy to prepare, can be topped with an array of tasty toppings and most importantly, it will keep you feeling full all morning long.

You can still start simple, by making your oatmeal overnight in your slow cooker. Then, check out the fabulous finishing touches to add extra flavor using recipes below!

Slow-Cooked Oatmeal
First you need to know how to make warm, creamy oatmeal in your slow cooker. Once you've gotten down the basics you can add anything from fruits and spices to vegetables, meats, chocolate and peanut butter! The more additions you make to the oats in your slow cooker, the more mouth-watering the aroma drifting through your kitchen will be.


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • Pinch of salt
  • Brown sugar, to taste.


  1. Add the steel cut oats and water to your slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, overnight.
  3. In the morning, stir in half-and-half, salt and brown sugar to taste.
  4. If desired, top with fresh fruit, nuts, granola, maple syrup, peanut butter or honey.
  5. Pack your oatmeal in your Crock-Pot® Lunch Crock® Food Warmer to take your breakfast to the office with you - all you have to do is plug it in once you sit down!
Oatmeal is far from boring, especially when you spice it up with one of these creative ideas.Oatmeal is far from boring, especially when you spice it up with one of these creative ideas.

For a bowl of oatmeal that's truly innovative, bursting with zest and packed with bold flavor, consider one of these 3 recipes for inspiration:

1. Add a Savory Egg
Adding a basted egg not only mixes up the texture of your morning oatmeal, it also adds piquant flavor and extra protein. Just before your oatmeal is finished, baste an egg by following the steps below.


  • Slow-cooked oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Gruyere cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Crack an egg into a custard cup or small bowl.
  3. Gently slide the egg into the melted butter and cook for a bout 30 seconds.
  4. Once the edges of the egg turn white, add 1 tablespoon of water to the pan.
  5. Then immediately cover, to capture the steam and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. The egg is ready when the white is set and the yolk begins to form.
  7. Bring the finished oatmeal to a bowl and blend in olive oil and cheese.
  8. Top with the basted egg, season with salt and pepper and enjoy!
Adding a savory, basted egg to your morning oats will add both protein and flavor.Adding a savory, basted egg to your morning oats will add both protein and flavor.

2. Add a Taste of Vermont
Bacon and maple syrup have pretty much become synonymous with a classic American breakfast. But have you ever considered combining them with oatmeal for an irresistibly sweet and savory meal? This recipe is perfect for filling up on a cold morning.


  • Slow-cooked oatmeal
  • 1 to 2 slices bacon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • Maple syrup, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon.


  1. Fry bacon over medium-low heat in a skillet, cooking for about 5 minutes on both sides until it is nice and crisp.
  2. Pat bacon dry and slice into small pieces.
  3. Bring the finished oatmeal to a bowl and whisk in salt and flax seed.
  4. Top with sliced bacon, maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon.

3. Add a Chocolaty Twist
If you're in the mood for something sweet, look no further than this recipe for dark chocolate pomegranate oatmeal. The rich chocolate is the perfect balance to the sweet pomegranates, which also provide a great crunch. This is a dish that's light, yet still packed with flavor.


  • Slow-cooked oatmeal
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate, divided in two
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave
  • Handful of dark chocolate chips, optional.


  1. Blend half of the pomegranate seeds in a food processor and grind until they form a pulpy juice.
  2. Strain the bits of seeds from the liquid.
  3. Just before your oatmeal is finished, add the pomegranate juice and stir until a desired consistency is reached.
  4. Add in the cocoa powder, vanilla and choice of sweetener. 
  5. Top with remaining seeds and chocolate chips and enjoy!
This chocolate pomegranate oatmeal recipe will taste more like a cookie than breakfast!This chocolate pomegranate oatmeal recipe will taste more like a cookie than breakfast!
Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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