Sugar-Free and Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal Recipe -
Sugar-Free and Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal Recipe
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Sugar-Free and Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal

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"I am making an effort to eliminate refined sugar. This recipe has replaced the packs of overly-sweetened instant oatmeal I ate, thinking that it was healthy. Now, I make this every Sunday and take it to work for the rest of the week. At less than 100 calories per serving, it feels hearty but keeps me on track."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    3 hrs 10 mins


  1. Put bananas into a blender with 1 cup water; puree and pour into a slow cooker. Add remaining water, oats, raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
  2. Cook on Medium, stirring every 30 minutes, for 3 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 25, 2014

I followed the recipe as far as ingredients go, omitting the optional raisins. I have 3 slow cookers, but not one has a medium setting. I used the smallest one, a 2-quart slow cooker. I used the HIGH setting and stirred at the end of each hour for 2 hours. Then I turned it to LOW for another hour, stirring after each half hour segment. I understand some people do not want sugar, and I can respect that. I prefer a small amount of erythritol/stevia blend and added it at the end before I filled 6 small half pint jars. Now I have breakfast ready for the week and can add berries or nothing at all. ***Update - This is delicious cold even! A great grab-n-go breakfast!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 17, 2014

There is nothing wrong with the recipe except that I didn't like it.

Dec 01, 2014

I do something similar.... Raisins, cinnamon,with a smidge of cloves & nutmeg... Into crock pot with 5 cups water and 1 heaping cup Of steel cut oats and raw honey... Put on low, go about my chores, stirring occasionally, and when finished, Pour into a loaf pan.... Each morning slice off what I want, put the rest back into fridge.... Looking forward to trying the bananas .... Sounds very good....

Jul 02, 2014

For our house, it's not important that we leave out dairy, so I added a tablespoon or two of butter for richness. Serve it with milk or half and half and I feel like I've got Heaven in a bowl! I'm about to make this for the third time since my first batch a week ago. I like it that much. But I prefer it minus the raisins.

Jun 20, 2014

1- I use steel cut oats. 2- I use ripe bananas. 3- For alternative flavors, I like to substitute (fresh or frozen) blueberries for raisins...Or a pureed apple. Be creative!

Jan 12, 2015

I like the idea of the mashed bananas, but if the objective is to cut back on sugar, omit the raisins. I also use almond/coconut milk in place of half of the water to add protein. This also adds a creamier texture overall. This can also be frozen in cupcake pans. Remove single servings and reheat in the microwave. A real timesaver.

Dec 18, 2014

Wow so easy! I made it overnight in crock pot set on low and it was delicious, I recommend using a liner for this one as the oatmeal sticks to sides pretty well I have always wanted to make an overnight oatmeal and this was a great start!

Jan 03, 2015

So simple and delicious!! I often make it just as written, and other times leave out the banana or raisins and add some cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger then squeeze in some honey for sweetness. Someone mentioned leaving out the raisins if omitting sugar is your goal, but it is refined sugar that many of us are trying to cut back on, so go ahead and add those raisins if this is your goal too! This is a recipe that begs to be tweaked to your liking - add the spices/fruits/sweetener of your choice and enjoy! Oh, and it will fill a bunch of jars, they just won't be huge jars! I use the little jelly jars that hold about a cup. But this makes for a very filling breakfast, so you don't need more than a cup in the morning to feel satisfied and get on with your day! :) I also warm mine up then add some Almond Milk - yum!!!


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  • Calories
  • 159 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.8 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1.8 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 7 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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