Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Hi guys, how are we doing this week so far? I’m still recovering from the weekend. Not in the fun way. See, on Friday, the two tots had a viral gastroenteritis (a.k.a stomach flu, which is not actually a flu) or as we know it, Tiny People Barfing All Over Us. Then I caught it and spent Saturday and most of Sunday in misery.

Wait, I should start over, right? Nobody wants to read “viral gastroenteritis” in the first paragraph of a food blog post.  Sprinkles! Donuts! Salted caramel! (Did I make up for it? No? You could tell it was fake, right? Ok, just I’ll carry on then.)

So I was in the throes of fever and despair.  For the weekend on the whole, I didn’t actually leave my bed much, which was quite nice – when I wasn’t barfing or being barfed on, I got to do some cozy fall reading and movie-watching. (That I actually can find a silver lining to viral gastroenteritis probably says so much about the pace of my life right now.)

Anyway, I do have more to share with you today than tales of stomach woes. This slow-cooker steel-cut oatmeal is soooo good. I made it for the Bio-K blog (I brushed off my dietitian’s* hat and geeked out on probiotics big time. I love friendly bugs).

It made the creamiest steel-cut oats I have ever had, and I seriously doubt I’ll ever make them any other way. Once you add a bit of sweetener (I used maple syrup), it is like rice pudding. So yummy.

*If you’ve been around for a while and didn’t know I was a dietitian it is because I prefer to communicate nutrition peripherally, via sharing wonderful, home cooked meals from good quality ingredients. I believe absolutely everything (especially Soft, Chewy Apple Gingersnaps and Nut-Crusted Cranberry Tart) has a place in the diet, and do not like to nutritionize food which I think takes away from its wonderfulness.  Hence the sort of closet dietitian situation.

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Servings 4


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp kosher salt


  • Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low setting for 7 hours (and turn on the "keep warm" function if you've got it).
  • In the morning, give the porridge a really good stir, then serve with more brown sugar as desired and/or milk. Toasted nuts are yummy, too!

Last Updated on October 10, 2022 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

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