Overnight Oatmeal

Total Time:
9 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
9 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
Directions

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 8 to 9 hours.

Stir and remove to serving bowls. This method works best if started before you go to bed. This way your oatmeal will be finished by morning.


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This is like eating warm oatmeal raisin cookies for breakfast. So yummy! And healthy. Used dried cranberries and raisins (no figs). I'll be making this regularly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OK, here's the thing. It looked perfect....... I was looking for a good recipe to use some steel cut oats a friend had given to me. I bought a Proctor Silex 1.5 quart slow cooker, figuring it would hold it about right amount - perfect - right below the rim. Sprayed the pan due to the other reviews about sticking and burning, measured all ingredients exactly- except substituting golden raisins for the figs- not a fig fan- stirred the pot, covered and set on low for 9 hours. Took off the lid in the morning to a perfect looking pot of oatmeal with fruit. The golden raisins plumped and now looked like green grapes. No sticking or scorching and right to the rim. Perfect. Then I tasted it..... weird, sour, sweetish but odd, like a bad fruit wine and oats. Wow, so disappointed! Plus the raisins were just plain weird how they came back like whole sour grapes. For the texture and basic recipe, I give it 2 stars, but will play around with PLAIN oats and then add fruit after it's cooked. Odd! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also found that it came out too mushy. I had it on low overnight for 9 hours, and its much too liquidy. Maybe it should be uncovered, like apple sauce. I have no idea why its so loose and liqudy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unmitigated disaster. My cooker only has a "low" setting (no "warm"), so perhaps that was the problem. I cooked it for 8 hours overnight and it was a mushy, scorched awful mess. Not recommended! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, love, love this. I have a 7-quart Hamilton Beach Stay-n-Go slow cooker. I made a single batch and kept all of the liquid measurements/types the same. I don't like figs at all, so I decided to go with a cup of golden raisins and a cup of Granny Smith apple. I also added cinnamon and some nutmeg. I cooked it on high for 30 minutes, then left it to its own devices overnight on warm. It was perfect! Didn't need to spray down the cooker or use a liner at all. I had no crunchy spots and the cooker required a regular amount of cleaning - no scrubbing or soaking necessary. I portioned out the leftovers and heated them up in the microwave with a splash of milk and a little brown sugar. Can't wait to try it with other fruit variations. Love you, Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Make it all the time!..except I use apples,cranberries and cinnamon. I also use the crockpot liners for easy clean up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was craving some warm oatmeal in the morning, and, like I always do, I looked first to see if Alton Brown had a recipe for it. :) Unfortunately, I didn't have any figs or dried cranberries, so I used what I had. I doubled the recipe...thought I had half and half, but I had heavy whipping cream! So, i used half heavy whipping cream and half whole milk (along with the water). I added a finely grated 2 inch knob of fresh ginger along with 1 & 1/2 TBS of cinnamon and 2 tart apples chopped. Just sweeten to taste in the morning if you like, but the apples and cinnamon add a nice sweetness to it. YUMM YUMM! I would love to made this again, and next time I will try it with figs! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This works great. However, I found that if I make 4 servings on the stove at once, then place in the refrigerator and just microwave a serving each morning with a bit of water. Then add toppings, it works very well and convenient. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! I suggest you first try it on a day that you can watch your slow cooker. I have a Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker. Recipe as stated, 1 hour on low, turn to warm and leave overnight. I keep it in the fridge and add a bit more milk when I warm it tin the morning. Delicious! Try it with fresh apple and maple syrup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe, but with a few modifications. I use only 3 cups of water and 1 cup of soy milk or milk, and instead of figs and cranberries I typically use 1 cup of dried apples and 1 cup of currants or raisins. I also add a teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon of cinnamon. This is just the flavor combination that I prefer--I did try the figs once and the flavor didn't bother me but I didn't care for the texture of the partially rehydrated figs. Also, as long as I grease my slow cooker with a little oil or butter before adding the ingredients, I don't have the problem with the oatmeal burning and sticking to the insert. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and very good. Used only 3/4 cup dried fruit; figs, cranberries and apricots. Added a bit of brown sugar in the morning. Did not have my slow cooker here so I cooked it on the stove for a few minutes, kept it in the pot overnight and cooked it for a few minutes in the morning. It was perfect. This will be great when we have a large crowd at our cabin. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a big fan of most oatmeal because it is tasteless and mushy. This oatmeal on the other hand turned out great. Like most everyone else, I tweaked the recipe to my tastes. I cut the water down to 3 cups and added 3 fresh apples instead of the dried fruit. I used whole milk since I did not have any half-and-half on hand. I also added ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt. This morning I added some maple syrup and butter, and enjoyed a fantastic bowl of hot oatmeal for breakfast. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good. Burned a little in the pan, but tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In my family this recipe is more like 8 to 10 servings - its really hearty. I have a fairly recently purchased crockpot so I followed the advice from reviewers to start it on high then turn it down to the warm setting for overnight. It was perfect in the morning, no sticking or crustiness. I actually followed the recipe as written (!) and the only change I would make would be to chop the figs before adding them to the crockpot. Next time will try the dried apple/cinnamon version. Thanks to everyone for their helpful comments! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took the advice of some early reviewers and used the warm, not low, setting on my crockpot. Have made this several times, success every time, no burning or crusting. Great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The success of this recipe is really going to depend on your crock pot. I have a Rival. Made it last night. Checked on it this morning after 7 hrs. on the lowest setting. Some was stuck to the sides of the crock pot, if I had let it go further, it would have burned. I only used 1 cup of the dried cranberries. It is really delicious! I also sprayed the crock pot with Pam before starting. Clean up...not so bad, some scrubbing necessary. Other than omitting the figs, I followed the recipe to the letter. Also I used the McCann's Irish Oatmeal and not the regular oatmeal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has brought oatmeal back to our house for breakfast! It's so easy to throw together the night before, especially when mornings are so chaotic. I make this with little to no dried fruit, since my kids won't eat it if I make it with the fruit. The half and half gives it such a nice creamy texture, and steel cut oats have so much more depth of flavor than quick cook oats. I have NOT had any trouble with the oats sticking to my slow cooker. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe, although I think 99% of the people who make this don't follow it exactly. Half of my liquid was vanilla soy milk, and I used apples, ground ginger and cinnamon instead. SO good! p.s. There will be a good amount hardened/burned on the side of the pot, which I just scraped down as best I could and ended up adding some good texture to the oatmeal. The one person's idea of spraying the pot first with oil sounds like a good one if you want to prevent this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is pretty good... i used doubled the size of my portions and used 8 cups of unsweetened almond milk and left out the half and half. also i used 4 cups of dried mango instead of the cranberries and figs... the result was an almost unbearably sweet porridge. it was good but really sweet. as with all recipes i feel this one deserves some tweaking. i will be experimenting with different types of fruits next time item not reviewed by moderator and published
I typically don't review recipes since so much of the success is matter of personal taste and opinion. But here, I feel there are actual issues with the recipe. Admittedly, I didn't follow the recipe perfectly. I used all the proportions but skipped the fruit, since I wanted to add that to my oatmeal in the morning. Using four cups of water and one cup of half-and-half with one cup of steel cut oats, I found this recipe way, way too soggy. The oats retained some of their flavor, but the consistency was poor and drippy. Add to that the fact that all around the perimeter of my crock pot was caked on, stuck-on sludge. I probably lost 1/8 to 1/6 of the oats to that sticky mess. Ultimately, I was cleaning my crock pot for far more time than I spent only partially enjoying a drippy, soggy porridge. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Am I the only one who thinks the proportion of dried fruit in this recipe is way off?? My oatmeal didn't taste like oatmeal; it tasted like fruit compote. The texture was fine, and I didn't have any problems with scorching, but the oatmeal turned faintly reddish purple and tasted strongly of dried fruit. On the upside, I didn't have to use any additional sweetener, so at least that was a healthy bonus. But as someone who loves the taste of oats, I wish the final product tasted more "oaty." item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy & so good. I changed the half & half to whole milk and added some chopped walnuts and a bit of cinnamon. GREAT way to start the day!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I go with the measurements for the oats, water, and milk and then I add brown sugar, real vanilla extract, real maple syrup, and raisins. I give the interior of the crock a good coating of non-stick spray before I put anything in it - then no scraping off burned/congealed oatmeal the next day. My crockpot is pretty high powered so even the "low" setting is too high for all night, and it's not programmable. I always get up at least once anyway in the wee hours, so I just turn it to "keep warm" 2 - 3 hours before I'm going to be up for the day and it cooks just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Being the only one in my home that will eat oatmeal, or try anything new, I halved the recipe and gave it a whirl using a mix of dried cranberries, blueberries, and cherries. Woke up early and excited to find after 7hrs on low, it had dried out alot and in some places started to burn. Stirred it up well and extracted a small bowl to try. The drier texture I came up with made it taste like cobbler. For breakfast. Half recipe. One person. No leftovers. Make it again tomorrow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it. My daughter, who generally does not like oatmeal, even liked it. I used some dehydrated fruit that comes from a local grocery store, already mixed together. It includes: cranberries, pineapple, raisins, golden raisins, papaya, strawberries, cherries and blueberries. That made it delicious! Also, I put it on warm overnight, increased to low for about an hour in the AM, and it was perfect! Thanks for the recipe! I'm looking forward to taking it to work every day this week. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For a little healthier version, I used 4 cups of rice milk (vanilla flavored and 1/2 cup water for the liquids. I also included the cranberries and used a 1/4 cup dried cherries for sweetness. No sugar required. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this. Been looking for a way to enjoy oatmeal since it's so healthy and this finally did the trick. I have a 5-qt crockpot so I doubled the recpie and used skim milk for some of the water. I used dried cherries and added vanilla and 2 cinnamon sticks. This cooked in 4 hours on low so if I ever did it overnight, I'd set the crockpot on warm as some people suggested. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best oatmeal ever! I used dried apples and apricots and frozen, unsweetened peaches...added vanilla,brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1/2 stick butter, and a pinch of salt. I set the crockpot to cook on low for 8 hours and added more water and turned it back to low for about 45 minutes in the AM to adjust the consistency. Use a liner to avoid scorching on the bottom. I drizzled cream on top (very rich and it was to die for! This was special for Christmas so I would omit butter and switch to almond milk for everyday goodness. I will definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. We followed the recipe (omitting figs because we're not partial to them and woke up to amazing smells and taste! We've needed to thin the oatmeal out with additional milk and have been feasting on it for the past 2 mornings. A definite keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! I like it with blueberries better than figs, but yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
awesome item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Crock Pot is less than a year old. I'm glad I read through the comments on this recipe. I put my Crock Pot on "Warm" for the night and the oatmeal came out perfect. It has been a couple of days now and the leftovers are still great. I will definitely make this again, but will substitute some other dried fruit for the figs. No one really cared for them, and I'm not sure they imparted much flavor besides. My husband has requested a bacon and maple oatmeal next time... we'll see. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kitchen smelled heavenly this morning. This is a simple, healthy breakfast. I added a little less water, because I didn't have figs on hand. It was a bit crusty at the bottom, so I probably could of used the full amount the recipe called for. I now have breakfast ready to go for the rest of the week. Will make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have the dried fruit so I followed the rest of the recipe anyway except I have a five quart Rival and really like oatmeal and trust Alton totally so I doubled it. I like maple, brown sugar and cinnamon so I added some to the recipe. I left it on low and went to bed. It was a little soupy when I got up so I turned it up to high for about 30 minutes. The reason for the soupyness wasn't the slow cooker, it was because I hadn't used the dried fruit which would have absorbed some of the liquid, but the higher temperature took care of that. I forgot to say I misted my crock pot with olive oil before adding the ingredients, no cleanup problems and it doesn't affect the flavor. I added fresh blueberries to my bowl and it was the best oatmeal I've ever had. Thanks Alton you're the best and I'm pulling for your team on Next Food Network Star. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this on sunday to have for breakfast all week and although I didn't follow instructions exactly (didn't add milk or half and half just made it with water and a pinch of salt b/c I really like to add granola and nuts it was fabulous! I made it before I went to bed and int he morning it was perfectly cooked! Thank you so much. It coulnd't have been easier! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I saw this on a rerun of Good Eats. The very next day we went to the grocery store to grab the ingredients. He made a batch with cinnamon and raisins, and I made one the next night with cinnamon, dried cranberries, and dried blueberries. It was oatmeal perfection! I can't wait to try other variations of this recipe! Seriously, it's a fast, easy, hot breakfast, and a lot healthier than a lot of other fast breakfast options. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been eating this recipe for a few weeks now. I absolutely love it.I change up the ingredients from time to time, adding apples,cinnamon, raisins, etc.I haven't changed anything else in my diet except these oats and I've lost a few pounds.(pretty sure its from the large amounts of fiber combing out my system Plus, I'm not hungry for hours after breakfast now.If you use apples and cinnamon in with the oats and leave them to cook overnight you house will smell like apple pie when you wake up in the morning.Better than the smell of my morning coffee. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this last night. It turned out great! Not too mushy (although oatmeal is going to be a little mushy and definitely not too watery. I cooked it in my Rival crock pot/slow cooker (same thing. It even says "crock pot/slow cooker" on the crock pot. I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't have half and half I used whipping cream (not the cool whip kind. I also only added the dried cranberries -no figs. I also added a half teaspoon vanilla and cinnamon. Yum yum! Super easy and so great to wake up to a cooked breakfast!! I'm going to try Alton's cook on the stove steel cut oatmeal next time and compare. Thanks for the easy and yummy recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night. I used almond milk and water. No fruit since I had none on hand. I added cinnamon and bronw sugar, before cooking. It turned out wonderful. All the liquid was absorbed to perfection. Once in my bowl I added a little milk and splenda just like you would oatmeal. I will be taking my leftovers to work for lunch. Thanks Alton item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried using a water bath to cut down on the number of dishes used. I tried dried mangos and blueberries instead of figs. For a quick start in the morning, it works really well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have half and half so I reduced the water by 1/2 a cup and added 1 cup of whole milk. The result was a cream texture and bursting with flavors of the figs and cranberries. Because I am single, I was also curious how it would be the next day. I just popped it in the microwave for a couple minutes and it was still nice. You could add a little moisture in the form of water or milk if you want to thin the left-overs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. It is so easy to make and easily varied by changing the dried fruits used. The texture is so much better than regular oatmeal; not nearly as mushy. And it doesn't need any extra sweetening. And I really love having breakfast ready to eat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Worked out really great! I've made this a couple of times now, the last time with chopped dates and sliced apples... yum! It's a great, healthier alternative to over-sweetened instant oatmeal, and even quicker in the morning. One thing - you HAVE to use STEEL CUT OATS. Not old fashioned, and certainly not quick or instant. Just because it's in a canister doesn't make it steel cut! No mushiness here! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I made this in a new-ish (~2 year old Crock-Pot brand slowcooker. It is a double slowcooker with two smaller pots - I'd say each one holds ~4 litres. I cooked over night (8 hrs on low, and it worked perfectly. I didn't have cranberries, so I subsituted one chopped apple instead, and I added 1/2 tsp of cinammon. I also greased the pot before cooking so it didn't stick. I chopped the figs into little pieces (the recipe didn't really say what to do. It was super yummy, and makes a great low-cost, nutritious meal that my family loved. So nice to wake up to a cooked breakfast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely loved this! I was dreaming about it all night in anticipation. I only changed a few items because my crock pot is bigger than a 2 quart. I doubled everything, omitted the salt. Substituted Almond Milk, added one chopped apple, 2 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tbsp of vanilla item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can add cherries or apricots. Also spray the inside of a slow cooker with pam prior to adding ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times and love it each time!. I add different dried fruits, I like the cranberries best. Love the texture of the oatmeal, great way to start the day! Thank you for such a good and easy recipe! My five year old grandson loves the taste! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy and DELICIOUS!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too mushy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe just needs practice. Overnight means overnight..not any longer...pumpkin doesn't hold up well overnight, but nuts and dried fruit do...add the pumpkin in the morning...great wAy to start the day..yummy smells in the morning and breakfast ready to go....Thanks, Alton.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Turned mushy. And as for the person that said to address the difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker, there is none. Crock pot is the brand name (like kleenex that have become one with the product (a slow cooker, a facial tissue. I think like other reviews state it depends on the temperature of your low. My pot is newer and I will try this again on warm instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't use figs (didn't have any on hand and didn't use cranberries... I tried my best to modify it for a diabetic, but it really just came out very mushy and pasty. I ended up cutting the time before it burned. Just not what I was hoping for... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe exactly as instructed and I have to say, although I enjoyed it, something seems to be missing. I should note though that I am the only one that enjoyed it. Neither my husband nor daughter would touch it. After a few tentative bites they both decided it was "mushy" and neither liked the figs. Oh well. I love Alton Brown, but I'm not creative enough to make this work for my family. Best of luck to everyone else. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the recipe as is (except for the figs which were not easily found and my oatmeal seemed to burn after leaving it as long as instructed. After making this recipe multiple times, I found that it works better if I double the recipe and only cook on low for around 7 hours. (This may be because of my slow cooker. I have also used different fruit like chopped apples and it works great. I will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One thing I have noticed about al the reviews is that no one has mentioned the difference between slow cookers and crock pots. There is a big difference when cooking with these two devices. I haven't tried it yet but will definitely use my slow cooker first since it cooks at a lower temperature and doesn't need as much in it to cook properly. Thanks to everyone for all their great suggestions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this several times in the winter and it's so hearty and delicious. I love the texture of steel cut oats. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a winner. It works well with any dried fruit. I love a mixture of dried cherries, cranberies, chopped appricots, raisens. This mixture makes it not only a treat for the pallete, but also for the eyes. Also, the fruit cooked in it overnight disperses enough sweetener that sugar or syrup is not necessary. (It will be too soupy in the morning if you don't use dried fruit, which absorbs some of the moisture.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe did not work well for me. I followed the recipe with a couple adjustments per comments below, but it still came out runny, bland, and mushy. Sorry Alton - not good eats. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have a newer, larg crock-pot - 6 qt - I think is the size. I followed other reviews for this size and it came out amazing. I doubled the recipe and put in a little cinnamon and vanilla extract and put it on low for about an hour and then switched to warm when I went to bed -- around 11:30. In the morning it was a little watery still so I switched it back to low for about 2 hours and it was absolutely perfect - not watery, no burning. I added dried cherries after it cooked. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe. And thanks to all the previous posts that commented on the year of your crockpot. I have a newer crock, and this cooked perfectly overnight on the warm setting. And rubbing the crock with oil before putting everything in helped alot with cleanup. I did use only a cup of dried fruit, but added canned pumpkin, chopped apples & walnuts. Used milk instead of half&half to make a little lighter. Absolutely delicious .. and nothing but health! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Let me start out by saying, I'm glad I read comments. I have an older 3 1/2 quart crock pot. I rubbed the inside of my crock down with a little oil before adding the oatmeal. I added the extra 1/2 cup of half & half and I used less dried fruit. IT WAS PERFECT!!! I also added some cut-up almonds and they were yummy. I used assorted dried tropical fruit, plus some currants. The currants are the only ones that really worked. The golden raisins turned back into grapes, which was o.k. The rest of the fruit disappeared, but added very nice flavor. I think I will try raisins and apples next time. I have enough left to reheat for the rest of the week. Just perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You really need to correct the recipe. On the show he calls for an entire cup of regular cream, not half and half. Also he calls for only a cup and a half of fruit. Trying the way it is on this page, I have gotten it wrong every single time. The fruit sucks up alllllllllllll the moisture and by the morning it's a carmelized mess and not in the good way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good, very easy. Kids said it was not tasty enough for them so I added a little cinnamon and brown sugar and it was perfect. I also added apples and that really gave it a great sweetness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love steel cut oats, but can't seem to make then without it boiling over onto the stove. This is a perfect solution. I only used half the fruit which was plenty. I think any dried fruit would work. Also used skim milk in place of half and half. I used a 1 1/2 quart crock-put and it was almost full to the top. I think this kept it from burning. I stirred it once, but cooked about 8 hrs on low. Creamy and a little chewy. Yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was ok, i dont think i would make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this - but need some help! As I don't love figs and cranberries and prefer my oatmeal to be flavored with apples, need a suggestion. I tried dried apple rings, but that really left it mushy and an off/chemical taste. Any suggestions for how I could modify this to get apples in there? item not reviewed by moderator and published
1. I made this in my Rival Stoneware slow cooker crockpot purchased at least 20 - 25 years ago. 2. I made this during the day so that I could watch it in case things started to go awry, as many other reviewers mentioned. I stirred it every couple of hours and had no burning or sticking issues. 3. 8 hours and 10 minutes have now gone by--on low--and the oatmeal texture is perfect for me. Sort of crunchy/chewy. My only complaint is that it's still a little soupy. I'll cut back on the water just a bit for the next batch. That's my preference, and may not be yours. 4. I didn't add fruit, but instead seasoned it with cinnamon, fresh grated nutmeg, vanilla, a little brown sugar, and 1T butter. I'll add fruit and nuts tomorrow morning for breakfast. Can't wait. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I didn't follow the recipe exactly. But, if you have an older crock pot and an 8 hour sleep cycle, I think this will work for you. Enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is yummy and easy to make adjustments. Instead of figs, chopped apples are good. Try stirring in some maple syrup. Yummmm. Use all water instead of milk and it's still good! I have never had a problem with it burning. It could be because of the milk. I usually only use water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great. I make a double batch of this every week or two and have it for breakfast daily. I've only ever had a problem "burning" the oats in the corner of the pot, which I don't see as that big of a deal. I found dried strawberries, tried them in this recipe, and have yet to try another fruit. ONE TIP: add the fruit to the hot oats at the end of the cook cycle, recover, and let sit for a while. Otherwise, depending on the fruit you use, all of the color can be sucked out and the flavor disperses to a point where you can barely notice it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So sad. By reading previous reviews, I think it might have been my slow cooker. I put it in the crockpot on low, but 2 hours later it started to burn around the edges. So, I turned it down to 'keep warm.' By morning, the oats had disintegrated, and it was a nasty pot of mush. The dog wouldn't even eat it. I'm very sad because I had such high expectations. Any suggestions? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous way to cook oatmeal! Very creamy,and not at all burned. I did cook it on the warm setting after reading all the other reviews, and it was perfect after 8 hours. I did not use any fruit(DH likes it plain), but I did add brown sugar and a little cinnamon in the finished product, very yummy as my hubby said. Great recipie! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a treat to wake up to this morning! The texture is wonderful, and the flavor is very satisfying. To amymbrush - can you give more specifics on making the muffins? How much of each ingredient did you use? Making muffins from this is a great idea. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I double the recipe since I had a big crowd. Unfortunately, the big crowd (mostly teenagers) overslept and the oatmeal overcooked. However, I took the left over oatmeal and made muffins. I added a cup of uncooked oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, eggs and butter. The leftovers made 72 muffins that were gone the next day. I did add mini-chocolate chips to half of the muffins just for a change. I couldn't keep the teenagers out of them. They have already requested the muffins again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Like a previous reviewer, I used a 1.5 qt slow cooker. I did not add any of the dried fruit as with the water, milk (used skim instead of half and half) and oats it was pretty full. We just added raisins in the morning. It turned out perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just got a proctor silex 1.5 quart mini slow cooker and it was perfect. I hate my large Rival cooker because it cooks way too fast. Nice to wake up with a hot breakfast but it serves more like 6. Next time I will halve the recipe. All the burned ratings it is your cookers fault. I also add a little honey(skipped figs before bed and in the morning switch to warm and add blueberries, chopped walnuts, banana slices and maple sugar. Bob Red Mill steel cut oats are crazy good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe I did something wrong, but this was way too runny. It was more like a gruel than oatmeal. I did add 1/2 C. brown sugar for some sweetness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is what I call easy and delicious. You make the oatmeal the night before by literally throwing in the ingredients and waking up in the morning to a hot meal. Use a slow cooker liner and it's an EASY, EASY clean up!! PS...the fruit was toooo much...make without item not reviewed by moderator and published
AB, how many carbs and calories. I am a diabetic and need to know. Am looking forward to cooking this dish. I love steel cut oats. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this way to make oatmeal! The figs were too much for me though. It didn't say to chop them, so i resisted my skepticism and threw in whole figs. Alas, it did prove to be too much. I shoulda chopped them. But the taste and consistency of the oatmeal was great! My crockpot has settings for low, high and warm. I put it on low for about an hour, then to warm overnight. Back to low for a while in the morning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was wonderful! Thanks AB! I made a double batch and used raisins and cranberrys since that is what I had on hand. I have a new "Crock Pot" and set the heat to warm. In the morning it was a little soft so I turned it up to low while I showered...it was perfect. I think the reviews talking about the difference in heat settings between the new and older slow cookers are the reasons for failure. There was no problem with cleanup. Next time I will try without fruit...it was a little sweet for a couple of my children but they loved the texture and would like to doctor it up themselves. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've read a ton of good and bad reviews that mean absolutely NOTHING because they don't list which slow cooker they are using. I wanted to write my review for my exact slow cooker. I used a 6-quart oval Crock-Pot Smart Pot. I doubled the recipe. I used dried cranberries, chunks of fresh apple, and milk instead of half and half. At 9:30 pm I set it to cook for 3 hours on low, then the Crock-Pot switched to warm for the remainder of the night. At 6:30 am, when we awoke, it was PERFECT. Just as if I had made it on the stove. The apples were tender, not mushy, The oats were still attractive, not brownish from the cranberries. No overcooked edges. No bad clean-up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a big oatmeal fan but I was very intrigued by this recipe when i saw it on Good Eats. I followed the recipe to a T and left it in the slow cooker for 9 hours. The edges were slightly burned (so next time I will only do 8 hours) but it still tasted good. It was very sweet and creamy, not as solid as i expected. It didn't have that instant oatmeal taste (which is a good thing). It didn't look appealing but it tasted very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I look forward to trying this. I first encountered a version of this from a venerated Swiss woman who years ago hired me at a cheese shop she ran. Among the many things she shared was her traditional take on muesli. Though it could be considered a unitasking tool, I considered it not a relic but a treasure. She had for decades been using an apple grater designed, patented and fabricated by Maximillian Bircher- Benner, specifically for his innovation of muesli. item not reviewed by moderator and published
5 very yummy stars!! I was worried about the edges burning like a few people described earlier. My solution was to put the crockpot on a timer for 8 hours and shut the crockpot off for a half an hour about halfway through cooking. I swapped half and half for skim milk and I cut back on the dried fruit (1 cup instead of 2). I used blueberry flavored cranberries, which sweetened the oatmeal perfectly. My only problem with this is I can't put my spoon down. This recipe set me back less than $4.93. I used all the fruit, but I have enough milk and oatmeal to make this at least 5 more times. item not reviewed by moderator and published
0 stars if it would let me, but 1 is as low as I am allowed. Too sweet to my taste (but then, I don't add sugar to regular oatmeal). Started it Friday night for Saturday breakfast - came down and first the smell hit me (cooking cranberries and cherries - somehow just didn't work). Ok, but I thought a perfumey sweet taste (used combo of cranberries and cherries - don't like figs or dates, but I'm still working to clean my slow cooker Sunday afternoon. I scrub a bit, soak a bit. Almost there. Will never cook this again - especially considering if you pour boiling water over the oats and let soak overnight, am almost done. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Good! We left out all the fruit. We will add some next time. Cook up fine. It was nice to wake up and have breakfast done! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too much fig! It was way too crunchy and sweet with the figs. I recommend using something other than figs. I had it on low for 8 hrs. in my crock pot and the edges were baked on. I might try it again but this time w/o figs! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used the reviewer suggested 4 C water with 1 C half & half (or milk). The crock pot is really the most challenging part of this recipe. Everything from your crock pots size, age and or temperature settings will effect; be it make or break how your oatmeal turns out. Be flexible and experiment! I used the warm setting and then had to finish it off on high in the morning. After a few trial runs you will have the recipe nailed down for use with your specific crock pot and it will be an easy, delicious and healthy breakfast staple. This recipe is similar to one I have from my great-grandfather who would soak the oatmeal with raisins overnight and then cook it in the morning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was really excited to see this recipe from Alton Brown, because he's my favorite person to watch on Food Network. I have a large crock pot, so I decided to double the recipe. Also, I only used water and 1% milk instead of half and half. I mixed all of the ingredients around 9:30-10:00pm, and I woke the next morning at 8:15am to find it cooked quite well (after stirring). It was a little burned around the edges, but it still came out really well and i've got enough to last me the rest of the week. This is a great and easy recipe, and I seasoned mine with brown sugar, raisins, and cranberries. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I fell asleep before assembling last night, so had to improvise. I heated the water in an electric kettle, doubled the recipe, cooked for an hour in the slow cooker on high, and it's lovely. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used raisins and dried cranberries because that's what I had on hand, set my crockpot on "warm" overnight. Early the next morning I noticed that it hadn't thickened quite as much as I'd like so I then cranked it up to Low for about an hour. Perfect! The whole family raved about it. This recipe will definitely be a regular at my house! Thanks, Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Alton Brown's recipes, but this one did not work. It was burned on the bottom and edges, and still soupy. I used dried cherries instead of the figs, but I don't think this can account for the nasty outcome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy and was perfect for if you are in a hurry in the morning. It used nonfat milk instead and used 1 cup of crazins. It did not stick at all for me and I did it for 9 hours. I have an old crock pot so that may be what it is. All I can say is thanks AB. This was great and left overs will be nice for the weekend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've had such great luck with Altons recipes in the past, that I didn't think to read the reviews. Too bad for me. 9 hours is far too long and doubling the recipe may have contributed to it's demise as well. It's so stuck on the sides that it can't be salvaged. User reviews are the key to any successful online recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I need to make oatmeal for a work breakfast tomorrow. How can I multiply this recipe for closer to 20 people? Is it possible? I have a rice cooker and a crock pot, but my rice cooker doesn't have a porridge setting. I have read on different sites' recipes that mutiplying the recipe can be disastrous. Has anyone tried a larger batch? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've had a box of steel cut oats sitting in my pantry for ages that I kept meaning to make, but never really got around to using. I never had time for stovetop cooking and this was the perfect solution! I used a 1.5 liter crockpot and cooked the oats for 8 hours. This was the perfect amount of time because as I was scooping them out they began to stick to the side. I had dried cranberries, but no dates and it turned out just fine. I think this recipe would work well with any dried fruit. It needed a little extra sweetness and flavor so I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder and it added a nice taste as well as some extra nutrients. I'll definitely be making this one again! Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make a pot of this on Sunday night and divide it up in to microwavable bowls for the week. Grab and go to work! I use an extra 1/2-3/4 cup of water and a couple of spoonfuls of brown sugar and a few sprinkles of cinnamon. 6-7 hours does it on low. Thanks Alton...I can always count on you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this for my family and was surprised it didn't burn in my older crockpot. ( based on other reviews.) Set it on low and it ran for 7 hours. It was a bit runnier than I had hoped but it solidified as it cooled. I may try it in my rice cooker next time, I liked it less soft! I always hated oatmeal cause of the slimy texture, but steel cut oats have much better texture. It was reddish brown from the dried cranberries I used and the cinnamon, I didn't add the cream to the pot instead I added some fat free half and half to the servings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mango is too sweet and the almond milk, even unsweetened is still sweet. Cranberries add tartness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Leaving out the dried fruit means you left out 2/3 of your liquid absorbers. This accounts for the soggy mess. To stay proportional, you should have cut your liquid down. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't understand people who don't follow the recipe then write a negative review. You didn't use the fruit and 1/2 cup too much half and half. Follow the recipe then write a review. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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