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Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal

I absolutely love this slow-cooked oatmeal. The steel-cut oats have so much flavor and texture. My family sprinkles toasted pecans on top whenever possible. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 6 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • Optional: Sliced apples, toasted pecans and additional maple syrup


  • In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 7 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in chopped apple. If desired, top servings with apple slices, pecans and syrup.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Keep an eye on this as it nears the end of cooking to prevent overcooking at the edges, especially if your slow cooker runs hot.
  • It's important in this recipe to use steel-cut oats, which need to cook longer than rolled oats. You might find them labeled as Irish oats.
  • Health tip
  • Boost protein with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt (it will help you stay full longer).
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/4 cups: 171 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

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