Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Steel-cut Oatmeal

Put this Hot Chocolate Steel-cut Oatmeal in the slow cooker the night before; eat it the next morning. Delicious.

This Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Steel-cut Oatmeal (whoa, that’s a mouthful) has two of my favorites…ummm CHOCOLATE, of course (but you knew I was going to say that), and the other is that I get to use my new Crock Pot AGAIN. Wahoo! I made this delectable Steel Cut Oatmeal with Chocolate the other night for my husband who gets up at 2:50 every morning for work. He has to be there by 4:00 to open shop. I don’t know how he does it. I made this for him so he could eat breakfast before heading in and then when we all got up, we ate it, too. Any-hoo…on to food.

You’ve heard of quick oats, rolled oats, instant oats, stone ground oats, but what about steel-cut oats? They are really quite healthy for you. They are the whole grain groats (not goats, but gRoats–the inner part of the oat kernel) that have been cut into pieces. All types of oats start out as groats. Are steel-cut oats healthier than regular oats? Well, they are the least-processed type of oat cereal, but you decide. They all contain soluble fiber.

Secondly, this recipe calls for stevia [stee-vee-uh, stev-ee-uh]. An all-natural sweetener made from the leaves of a South American shrub called Stevia rebaudiana. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. Just remember that it’s all natural and it is great to use for diabetics because it processes much slower than sugar. There are two forms of it…liquid and powdered. This calls for liquid. If you don’t want to go purchase stevia, no problem. Just use an extra tablespoon of sugar.

Recipe adapted from


Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Steel-cut Oatmeal
Recipe type: Breakfast, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or milk substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar, packed
  • 8 drops liquid stevia (or one tablespoon sugar)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  1. You really are making hot chocolate at the start, so in a large mixing bowl, mix together the water, coconut milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt, sugar, and liquid stevia. Mix well and pour into a greased 5-quart slow cooker.
  2. Pour in the steel-cut oats and give it a good whisk.
  3. Cook the oatmeal on LOW for 1-2 hours, then switch it over to KEEP WARM until you wake up in the morning and smell the coffee (or rather hot chocolate steel-cut oats). I've cooked it as long as 12 hours and it was still great!

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. What kind of cocoa powder do you usually use, I find mine makes things bitter…

  2. What would you use as a milk substitute?

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