Slow Cooker Chocolate Cherry Steel Cut Oatmeal


Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Beginner


  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce unsweetened bakers chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • For Cherry Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen Montmorency tart cherries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract


Combine all the ingredients for the oatmeal in a 3 or 4 quart slow cooker (*see note) and stir together. Cover, cook on low for 8 hours the night before and set so that the slow cooker stays on warm after it’s done cooking.

In the morning, combine the ingredients for the sauce in a small sauce pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and let cook for about 7-10 minutes until thickened.

Uncover the oatmeal, stir and add a bit more milk if it’s thickened up too much. Spoon the oatmeal into serving bowls and top with the cherry sauce.

Note: If your slow cooker is larger than this, you will want to double the recipe so that the oatmeal doesn’t burn as it will be spread too thin in a larger slow cooker.

Recipe courtesy of Gina Matsoukas,