Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with Whipped Maple Mascarpone Cheese

Steel cut oats are a new family favorite. My family is big on the old fashioned oats but had never tried steel cut.  I recently had a packaged of Irish Oats sent to me to try. I have to admit I am huge on oatmeal. It is probably my least favorite breakfast option.

I tried the Irish Oats (steel cut oats) in a traditional Irish Porridge the first time. Oh my goodness. Who would have known something as simple as porridge can be so yummy  with a dab of butter and a drizzle of honey or maple? Throw in some fruit and things get crazy.

What is the difference between steel cut oats and old fashioned rolled oats you ask? The process. Traditional oatmeal is steamed, then rolled flat, steamed again and yada yada yada (processed).... steel cut oats? Whole and raw oats. They are slightly chewy and have  a different texture than oatmeal does but the taste is just easy easily adaptable.

The thing I love most about steel cut oats is that I can make them in my slow cooker before I go to bed, wake up in the AM and walla breakfast is served. I typically just add a bit of maple, apples, and some butter. To make my breakfast more deserty... (because I enjoy breakfast more if it tastes like dessert) I whipped some maple syrup into some mascarpone cheese and served it on top with sliced apples.

It was amazing.

Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with Maple Mascarpone Cheese


1/4 cup room temperature butter
5 1/4  cups water
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 3/4 cups dry steel cut oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup room temperature mascarpone cheese
2 tbs maple syrup
*additional butter optional
*apples optional
*additional syrup optional


  Rub butter on the bottom and sides of your slow cooker. Pour water, syrup, oats and salt into the slow cooker. Give a slight stir. Cover and set to low for 6-8 hours (or overnight)

 Before serving using an electric mixer whip cheese and 2 tbs maple syrup together. Dollop on each serving of oats. Serve with apples optional. 



  1. What size slow cooker did you use?

  2. What a delicious breakfast to wake up to in the morning! This looks wonderful, Carrie!

  3. I really need to get on the slow cooker bandwagon! These oats looks amazing!

    1. I'm not huge on the slow cooker. I only use it from time to time.... I clearly need to more often, because waking up to breakfast hot and ready to go is a good thing!

  4. Holy smokes - this looks delicious, especially with the extra toppings. What a great way to start the morning!

  5. Dang! Only you could make oatmeal look good.

  6. Hello, gorgeous! That is one fine looking bowl of oatmeal.

  7. Love this breakfast idea, especially the maple mascarpone!

  8. Love oatmeals but never made I a slow cooker. More reason to try, esp with your whipped topping!

  9. I love oatmeal, and your addition of the whipped Mascarpone cheese is just genius!! Yum!

  10. What a perfect breakfast, it looks so cozy :) marscapone atop oats sounds heavenly!

  11. I have bags of steel cut oats but don't know what to do with them.
    I need to try this out.
    Glad you used a big slow cooker too. I'd be worried using my 6qt one but glad that's what you used.

  12. Now that you have discovered steel cut oats, try it bruleed! Before serving sprinkle top with brown sugar. Then torch the sugar. Yum!

    BTW, steel cut oats freezes well. I make a pot and freeze in half pint canning jars. The night before I take one out of the freezer and in the morning I heat it in the microwave.

  13. How many servings does this recipe make?