Cherry Vanilla Irish Oatmeal

There's no question that steel cut oats are superior for use in the slow cooker. It eliminates any stove top surveillance plus the oatmeal can be kept warm for late risers. Unfortunately, you must use a non-dairy beverage for this oatmeal. Using milk will break down and curdle during the cooking process. (Recipe courtesy Canada's Slow Cooker Winners by Donna-Marie Pye, Robert Rose Publishing, 2010)


  • 4 cups vanilla-flavoured soy, almond or coconut milk beverage
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ¾ cups steel cut oats
  • ½ cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup, divided
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed if frozen
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. In a slow cooker, combine milk beverage, water, oats, cherries, ½ cup maple syrup, salt and allspice.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours. Turn off slow cooker and go to bed.
  3. The next morning sit in stir in remaining maple syrup. Serve into bowls and garnish with berries and nuts.  (Feel free to add a little more warmed milk over top of the oatmeal).


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