Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Steel Cut Oats

Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Steel Cut Oats
I love oatmeal! I love steel cut oatmeal even more, especially for its nutty taste. I am the only one in my house who eats's totally a crime. Is it a guy thing? Does anyone else's men happily eat oatmeal? I shouldn't complain because I can make a big pot of this and it will last me the week.

Steel cut oats take longer to cook than traditional oatmeal, 30 minutes if it is presoaked. Making it in the slow cooker overnight is the perfect way to have breakfast ready when you wake up. This is especially great if you have a house full people. Breakfast comes together in a snap.

Now, are steel cut oats healthier than old-fashioned rolled oats or quick-cooking oats? I don't think so. I prefer the steel cut for the nuttier taste and the hearty, chewy texture . They are all whole grains with about the same amount of protein, fiber, calories and other nutritional properties. So, make sure to eat what you like.

I think the only differences between steel-cut, rolled and instant oats are their glycemic impact. Instant or quick-cooking oats have a much higher glycemic index, likely because they are rolled really flat. This basically means you will be hungrier sooner when you eat the more processed oats. Stick with the steel cut and rolled to stay fuller longer.

Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Steel Cut Oats spices
I garnished with almonds to give a nice crunch and added toasted wheat germ for a little extra health boost.

Are you familiar with Chinese Five Spice? I love it in savory and sweet dishes. It's the perfect blend of cinnamon, star anise, fennel seed, Szechwan pepper and cloves. It's mild enough for this recipe...lending a background flavor I love.

Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup
Pure maple syrup was the crowning touch. It added the perfect sweetness. I also used vanilla flavored rice milk as the liquid. You could also use vanilla flavored soy or vanilla almond milk if they have it. And come to think of it...vanilla flavored regular milk would work too!Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Steel Cut Oats Film Grain
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Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Steel Cut Oats

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: Serves 6-8


  • 2 cups dry Irish steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted wheat germ
  • 2 Tablespoons Chinese five spice powder
  • 8 cups vanilla rice milk
  • maple syrup
  • slivered almonds


  • Add oats, brown sugar, golden raisins, wheat germ, five spice powder, and rice milk to a slow cooker (6-7 quart). Cook on low (overnight) for 6 hours.
  • Serve with slivered almonds and maple syrup. Keep leftovers in the fridge and reheat in microwave.

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9 Comments and 1 Reply

  1. Beth 1

    Oh my husband loves oatmeal. He even makes it himself! He doesn’t have to measure either-he just eyeballs it. Me? I have to measure every time. I wonder if I could slip the Chinese five spice in to surprise him! Yum!

  2. This is sooooo my kind of breakfast. Love the addition of Five Spice!

  3. Dale 4

    Steel cut are in fact better than rolled oats. Rolled or pressed oats are pressed with a roller and steam is introduced thus partially cooking the grain and causeing loss of nutrients. Quick cooking oats are par-cooked so less in nutritional value. Always best to go with the less processed food item. I stick to steel cut oats. Some people will toast the steel cut in the pan prior to cooking giving them an even nuttier flavor.

  4. Morning Cathy! I also am the only one in my family who likes oatmeal! :(

    I have never tried chinese 5 spice – it sounds amazing in this recipe!

  5. I love Chinese Five Spice powder. I can totally see it jazzing up oatmeal. And brown sugar or maple would be a must for me, too :)

  6. Ashley 7

    I LOVE steel-cut oatmeal! I need to try this version : ) My husband will eat it but it’s definitely not his favorite… lol

  7. Such a great take on oatmeal! I’ve never tried five-spice in oatmeal before but have a lot of it lying around. Will experiment with this for breakfast.

  8. Marie 9

    Just made this. It’s very yummy, although maybe just a tad on the sweet side for me (and that’s probably because I’ve cut out nearly all processed sugars from my diet). I’ll decrease the brown sugar and syrup next time. I’ve never used Chinese 5 Spice and my husband and I found it to be a pleasant change of flavor from our usual plain oatmeal. I didn’t get this in crockpot last night, so instead gave it a try in my Ninja on the stove setting. Cooked it for about half an hour, with the lid off the last 10 minutes and it came out perfect. Thank you for the recipe!

  9. Ann 10

    My husband and I love oatmeal but not the quick oats or the instant packets, Old Fashion oats. I had a lot of McCann’s Irish Oatmeal on my trip to Ireland last spring and if memory serves me, these are steel cut! One of the hotels had hot buttered cinnamon apple Irish oatmeal and it was delicious! I think I might try this one too, my hubby loves spicy anything!


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