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Old-Fashioned Irish Oatmeal

There's no question that steel-cut oats are superior in flavor to instant oatmeal, but the extended cooking time, obligatory stirring, and sticky pot to clean can put off even the most loyal oatmeal enthusiast. Using a slow cooker eliminates the stove-top surveillance and mess. Plus, the oatmeal can be kept warm for late risers.



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4 cups vanilla soymilk
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1 ¾ cups steel-cut oats
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½ cup dried cherries
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½ cup plus 3 Tbs. maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
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½ tsp. salt
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¼ tsp. ground allspice
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½ cup blueberries, optional
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⅓ cup chopped pecans, optional


1. Coat 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine soymilk, oats, dried cherries, 1/2 cup maple syrup, salt, allspice, and 4 cups water in slow cooker. Cook on high 2 to 4 hours.

2. Turn off slow cooker, and stir in 3 Tbs. maple syrup. Add water as necessary to achieve desired thickness. Serve garnished with blueberries and pecans, if desired.

Nutrition Information: 

9 g
Total Fat: 
2.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
0.5 g
58 g
2 mg
186 mg
6 g
26 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

I also do it the overnight way... (like Donna) Before I go to bed, I bring the water to a boil, add my steel cut oats, return to a boil, turn off the heat and cover with a lid. In the morning, just reheat and you're done!

It would be good to have an alternative method of cookin the Irish oatmeal for thoes of us who don't have a slow cooker


I have steel cut oats every morning. I measure out all my ingredients ( one fresh date cut up, bit of salt and lots of cinnamon)in a small pot and then add boiling water, I let this sit for about 20 min or so while I shower etc. By the time I'm ready all I have to do is bring the mixture to a boil for a couple of minutes and it is ready in no time. The pot is quick to clean up if I do it right away.

4 hours... that is not practical. I tried Rosalyn's method and it is great. Thanks.

I make my steel cut oats in the evening this way: Bring 3 1/2 to 4 cups of water to a boil add 1 full cup of oats, bring back to a boil and stir. Cover, put pot on back of stove and in the morning you have oatmeal. Take out 1 cup per serving add milk, reheat, add garnishes, and eat! Delicious!This recipe makes four 1 cup servings.

Too much sugar! Use plain unsweetened soymilk and less maple syrup and it's still delish!

I add an extra cup of water and put my slow cooker on "warm" overnight and it turns out perfectly!