Overnight Steel Cut Oats (with Coconut and Cranberries)

Who doesn’t like to wake up in the morning to a breakfast that’s all set and ready to go? That would be so ideal, right? Well, it’s not impossible anymore when you try this amazing Overnight Steel Cut Oats that cook all night in the slow cooker so when you wake up, it’s ready for eating. It doesn’t take much effort to prepare it either. It takes less than 5 minutes for prep time and then all the work is done in the crock pot…and then 8 hours later, voila — a yummy oatmeal treat!

For this recipe I added some dessicated coconut for extra crunch and flavor and actually used some Coconut sugar too but ordinary sugar or sweetener should be fine, as well. You can add more or lessen the amount of dried cranberries or raisins depending on your taste preference. This is quite a versatile dish, too so you can change the ingredients to add in. My husband loves this particularly with sliced almonds as topping. Enjoy!


1 cup Steel cut Oats or Irish Oats
1/2 cup unsweetened Desssicated Coconut
 3/4 cup Raisins, dried Cranberries or Cherries
1/2 cup Half and Half
4 cups Water
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2-3 Tablespoons (or to taste) – White, brown or Coconut sugar or your favorite Sweetener
Additional Milk and sugar, to taste


Mix all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Wake up to the lovely smell of a yummy breakfast!

Suggested topping: Sliced Almonds or your favorite nuts

Note: It won’t be very sweet so you need to adjust the sweetness to your taste preference. Add some more milk and a little sugar if desired.

Serves about 4-5

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This recipe is featured at Foodie Friends Friday.

Last updated on October 1st, 2019 at 03:11 pm



  1. March 7, 2013 / 3:31 am

    Delicious and healthy breakfast..

  2. March 7, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    I love oatmeal… all oatmeal! But I rarely have time to make it on week days before work or school. I am so going to make this! Thanks, Kate

    • March 10, 2013 / 2:31 am

      This is your quick fix Kate! Hope you enjoy it!

  3. March 8, 2013 / 11:13 am

    Thank you Abby for another delicious recipe. I am sharing this on my Walking on Sunshine FB page this morning! Thank you for joining Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back and VOTE on Sunday!

    • March 10, 2013 / 2:31 am

      Thanks, Lois! So very kind of you to do that! Appreciate it!

  4. March 9, 2013 / 5:51 am

    Hello again! great post! Especially for one like me who loves waking up to a great and healthy breakfast like this. I need to ask though, do you think I can substitute the half and half with another thing? or I heard you can make it instead? If so, please give me an idea. Thanks and looking forward for more breakfast ideas!

    • March 10, 2013 / 2:32 am

      Well, you can try Evaporated milk…half and half is just half cream and half milk so you can make it yourself for sure. Enjoy!

  5. Anonymous
    February 11, 2014 / 2:45 am

    where can I find a steel cut oatmeal?

    • February 13, 2014 / 2:37 am

      Any grocery store would have it – the cereal aisle would be the perfect place to look for it. If you are from the Philippines, you can try Rustans but am not sure as I am US-based.

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