Overnight Banana Steel Cut Oats

Overnight Banana Steel Cut oats is the crock pot rocks!



The crock pot or maybe you call it the slow cooker, whichever name you use, is by far the best invention ever created for a busy family don’t you think?!

I’ve made Overnight Apple Oatmeal [using honey] and Sugar Free Crock Pot Oatmeal, but basically hadn’t ventured into STEEL CUT OAT world.

Mostly because I know my family and the oldest, pickiest child as well as the youngest child who has some food texture issues since he was born, hates all things oatmeal except my Personal Sized Baked Oatmeal with Individual Toppings.

So when I attempted the overnight steel cut oats and gave some to my hubby, the oldest by my surprise asked for some, HA! I was shocked when he ate the entire bowl. Call it a miracle, but I have no idea the big difference really, but by GOLLY I shall make it again and I did. The first time it was dryer than I preferred so I increased the liquid and the recipe is perfect.

The banana is optional, but for me it adds a sweetness and I need very little sweetener. You can leave it out if you like without problem. Add whatever fruit and sweetener you like.



Mine looks even worse because I believe, no evidence though, that the hubby awoke before I did, started to stir, stopped, realized I may want a picture and recovered it!  But the next pic shows , ALL is WELL anyway!


See, it is just fine!



The banana can be eliminated if your allergic or simply don’t like banana!

[Without banana]

Calories: 235* Fat: 6g* Fiber: 6g* Carbs: 38g* Protein: 7g* Points+: 6* Old Points: 4*

Overnight Banana Steel Cut Oats
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 1/2cup
  • Calories: 261
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 7g
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker then add all other ingredients, including mashed banana if using.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. It will look like a brown mess because of the cinnamon, don't worry! Mix well and add your favorite fruit on top if you like and sweeteners if you need it.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 7*







  1. Kelly Jones says

    Steel cut oats are also fabulously easy in a rice cooker! Just add double the amount of water as the oats and when the button clicks from cook to warm, unplug and they are done! Super easy and super yummy!

    • Brenda says

      I used my smaller 2 quart crock for this one, but you could just double or triple the recipe to make in a standard size crock.

      • Brenda Barrett-Rhyno says

        I hope this turns out. I just made it and put it in my regular size slow cooker before reading down through all the comments so I never doubled the recipe or anything. Hoping it will be o.k as my daughter and I are looking forward to trying this in the morning!

  2. Ashley says

    I got a little confused. Did you add the banana during the cooking or at the end? Thanks. I’m making this for the morning!

  3. says

    This looks great – I found it through Eat At Home. I have to try this now, since I have steel cut oats crying to me from the pantry. I hate it when food is sad, so I will just go make it happy by bathing it in the slow cooker.
    I have bananas in the freezer that I’d gotten on sale when they were very, very ripe. I’m sure those will work too. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I think I’ll put it on pinterest too, for my other friends to try.

  4. kim says

    I JUST MADE THIS FOR THE AM for my son and i – i used thick cut rolled oats ?? think its going to work?

  5. Hilary says

    Mmmm I’m going to have to try this. I make banana, peanut butter banana, and chocolate-peanut butter-banana oats in the morning with regular oats quite frequently but haven’t ventured with the steel-cut… do you think it would work with peanut butter in the mixture overnight??

    • Brenda says

      I think its something I would need to experiment with only because the steel cut oats need a lot more liquid than regular. I would probably add more liquid if using cocoa and peanut butter.

  6. Shannon says

    I am so impressed that your husband not only stirred the oats but also thought about you needing photos and stopped! What a guy!
    The recipe sounds great too!!! What are steel cut oats?

    • Brenda says

      I love that he stopped stirring just because he thought I might need a pic prior to stirring, he’s a great hubby! I’ve just used Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oats.

  7. Peg Odom says

    Wow, thanks! I will try this. It used to take 1 & a half hours to make hubby’s steel cut oatmeal on the stove ( He does it, lol! And he makes enough for a week. When it’s cool, he packs ’em to heat at work. It freezes well, too)

  8. Dunja says

    I made this last night and OMG, it was so good. Whenever I made steel cut oats in the C/P before, they turned out bland and dry, these however are so scrumptious, I think the trick is the mashed banana and tbsp of butter. I really enjoyed this, so much so that I ate 2 big bowls of it. I did add some walnuts to my oatmeal before serving and a couple of spoons of molasses. It was delish and I will keep this recipe for future use!

  9. lil says

    I use the rice cooker and love how fast is done!
    My daughter wakes up and goes straight to the R.C and it gets done when she is ready to eat

    • Brenda says

      Well you have beat me to it :)I just made the recipe with pumpkin yesterday!! I hope to have it ready to post in the coming week.

  10. says

    Every recipe that I tried of yours becomes a keeper. What a great way to wake up in the morning. I drizzled honey on it and it was wonderful! I quit making oatmeal because it took too long to make in the morning. And now I can have it ready for me in the morning when I wake up. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Kimberly says

    Have you tried your overnight apple oatmeal recipe with steel cut oats? Can you use milk with the steel cut oats? I’ve tried both recipes and love them both but would prefer the apple one with steel cut oats. Thank you for sharing. :)

  12. Dot says

    I love steel-cut oats, but they take too long to make in the morning. This is a great idea. Now I just need to find my small crock pot hidden away somewhere in the basement! 😉

  13. says

    I’ve just started a web page to detail my trials and tribulations in dealing with diabetes. Since I hate to cook, I am looking for crockpot recipes fit for a diabetic. I think this will be perfect. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Heather says

    I made this overnight last night. When I woke up it was mostly burnt. What did I do wrong? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


  15. Amber Mustard says

    I was just looking at your apple slow cooker oatmeal and was wondering why you use water in this recipe and milk in the other…I have both types of oats and was just curious as to which one might be more child approved lol

    • Brenda says

      Not much difference in taste. The kids like either, just a little less creamy I would say. I think I might have been put of milk at the time and tried it with water so since it was still good that’s how I posted it, LOL! Less calories as well using water but either way is fine.

  16. Donna Van Horn says

    Okay confused can i or do i add apples, bananas, and berries to the crockpot all together to cook? does it freeze well?

    • Brenda says

      I added the bananas and in my other recipe the apples prior to cooking, yes all together. I’ve never frozen it so I can’t say.

    • jen says

      Yes I freeze it, I did it with the pumpkin recipe I am going to make banana this morning. Pumpkin I used milk in mine instead of water, you can use almond milk as well. I also am going to do apple juice/cider in the apple one, maybe juice and water so its not too sweet next time I make the apple recipe. I freeze them in large muffin pans (spay with pam first) then put hot water in sink dip bottom of muffin tin in water to loosen oatmeal from pan. Then pop into zip lock bags in freezer, easy breakfast.

  17. Michelle says

    Hi :) making this tonight I have a 6 quart crock pot do u think I should let this sit all night on warm? I’m afraid it will burn.

  18. Anne-Marie says

    What are steel cut oats, please? Haven’t seen these labeled such in Australia. Is it just oats that aren’t the quick cooking ones, so they’re bigger & thicker?

  19. EGK says

    Hi…Just found this and trying to make mine as low cal/low carb etc as I can. Trying to figure out how the protein content came about. I’m using bulk organic steel cut oats (1 cup), Shed Spread w/calcium butter, Dole mini banana, banana extract, cinnamon, water & salt in the quantities you listed (except for the mini banana). Perhaps its the oats??
    Going to dig out my smallest crock pot and eager to try in the A.M. So serving size is 1/4 measuring cup and I should get 4 servings, correct? Hope this works as I’d love to try a version with PB2 and unsweetened cocoa powder.

  20. NeenerNJ says

    This recipe was delicious!! I ran out of steel cut, so I made it with old fashioned oats and it still came out great. I used a large crock pot so I put the ingredients into a Pyrex bowl, covered it with foil, and sat it in the crock pot in a water bath – fill the crock pot with water up to the level of the ingredients inside the bowl. Perfect solution for large crock pot if you don’t want to double the recipe.
    I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks!


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