Slow Cooker – Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal

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Our Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal is a mouth-watering recipe the whole family will love! Made with 100% clean ingredients, this tasty breakfast treat will warm the insides and fill the belly, without unhealthy added ingredients. Learn more about the health benefits of steel-cut oats here.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories:126 | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 6.4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium:160 mg | Carbohydrates: 12.4 g | Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g | Sugars: 4.4 g | Protein: 2.7 g | SmartPoints: 6 |


  • 1 c. steel-cut oats
  • 4 c. water
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 T. coconut palm sugar or pure maple syrup
  • 8 drops liquid stevia (or an extra tablespoon of sugar)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the water, milk, vanilla, and stevia. Whisk in the cocoa, sugar, and salt.
  2. Finally, stir in the oats. Oil the inside of your slow cooker (this prevents the oatmeal from sticking). Pour in the above mixture.
  3. Set your slow cooker to LOW for 1-2 hours, and turn it to KEEP WARM before finally retiring to bed. In the morning, give it all a stir and feast! Top with some shaved chocolate if you’re feeling really decadent!

Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal was created by guest contributor, Lauren Goslin. Lauren blogs about healthy food over at Oatmeal With A Fork. If you like this recipe, check out her Facebook page for more healthy meal ideas!

32 Comments on "Slow Cooker – Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal"

  1. Lauren Beech  November 18, 2012

    Looks yum, my kids would love it but how much does it make?


    • Dalicia  November 18, 2012

      Hi Lauren. It makes 4 servings. Enjoy!

      • Lauren Beech  November 19, 2012

        thanks for that, I just found all the comments below, that'll teach me for checking out recipes late at night lol

  2. Carie  November 18, 2012

    What size crock pot would you recommend?…4 quart?

  3. Kristy Calhoun  December 1, 2012

    This looks delicious, I can't wait to try it! I love that this is a delicious way to feed your family something really healthy.

  4. Pam  December 2, 2012

    Breakfast is much easier to eat when it's already made in the morning! Love it!

    • Jen  December 20, 2012

      Can you use regular milk instead? Or maybe dry milk?

  5. Shannon  December 29, 2012

    I would love to know the nutritional values on this

    • Skinny Ms.  December 30, 2012

      Shannon, This recipe was submitted by a guest blogger. We’re making our way through these recipes and will be adding data as soon as possible.

  6. Melanie  January 8, 2013

    I don't have coconut milk…would just regular skim work as well?

    • Skinny Ms.  January 9, 2013

      Melanie, Low-fat milk will work fine. 🙂

  7. Kellie  January 9, 2013

    Any suggestions on how you'd cook it if your crock pot doesn't have a "keep warm" setting?

    • Skinny Ms.  January 10, 2013

      Killie, In that case I’d probably use the stovetop.

  8. Kellie  January 9, 2013

    Any suggestions on how you'd cook it if your crock pot doesn't have a "keep warm" setting?

    • Danita  March 11, 2013

      I made this last night and put it in a seperate glass bowl, which I sat inside my slow cooker. I filled the crock of the slow cooker with water until it was half way up the side of the glass bowl with the oatmeal in it. I cooked it on low overnight and the results were perfect.

  9. EK White  January 17, 2013

    Can I use rolled oats?

  10. Linda Jackson Woodford  February 13, 2013

    Crockpot liners!!

  11. Leeanne P.  February 17, 2013

    Can't wait to try this! Can I use traditional oats?

    • Skinny Ms.  February 18, 2013

      Leeanne, This recipe has to have steel cut.

  12. Andrea Dehec  February 18, 2013

    Last time I was craving chocolate…..I found this recipe and tried it……was soooo good!!!! It really does taste like hot chocolate and is a great breakfast!!!!

  13. marie  February 19, 2013

    How long would you cook it on the stovetop?

  14. Jazzy  March 18, 2013

    I only have quick oats so I will make this in morning before kids get up:)

  15. Allison  July 8, 2013

    Made this yesterday evening for this morning and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Ann  December 31, 2013

    Mine were so watery, not like the picture at all.

  17. Sheri  January 4, 2014

    Can this be frozen, in small portions, for breakfast through the week?

    • GaleCompton  January 5, 2014

      Sheri, I'm not sure since I've never frozen this recipe. I'm too sure oatmeal would taste too great after being frozen. 🙁

  18. Val  February 4, 2016

    The recipe sounds great but I had calculated the points based on the nutritional values listed here and it came to 6 points..

  19. Renee  April 30, 2017

    How are you calculating the nutritional value? 1/4 c of dry Steele cut oats has approximately 150 calories, cooking the oats doesn’t change the calories. The recipe calls for 1 c of oats and serves 4, so I am essentially eating 1/4 c. What am I missing?

    • Gale Compton  May 1, 2017

      Hi Renee,

      The data is correct. 1/4 cup of dry oats is only 74 calories. 1 cup of dry oats, plus any extra ingredients, comes to about 4 (1-cup) servings when cooked.


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