Curious as to what Irish steel-cut oats look like? Here is the can I usually buy of McCann's. I should have taken a quick picture of these full grained oats so you can see the difference from your standard Quaker rolled oats, instead I will point you to this nifty side-by-side comparison I found with the magical powers of google images.
As with many things, I learned how to make this nifty crockpot oatmeal by googling. But sadly, I did not mark the blog(s) where I found the instructions so I can't give proper credit. Sorry if I stole from you!
Essentially, we are going to turn the slow cooker into a double-boiler. Fill the cooker's bowl about 1/4 to 1/3 full of water.
Find a second bowl that fits comfortably inside the slow cooker bowl and place it in the water. The water should come close to the top of the inside bowl but not be close to splashing into the inner bowl.
You can follow the directions for how much water and oats to add that are on the package - mine calls for 4 cups of water. However, I found using the full 4 cups leaves the oatmeal a little mushier than I like so I have lowered the water to about 3 and 1/2 - 3/4 cups of water. Or - and this is a really new modification - I replace 1 cup of the water with skim milk. This is my new favorite.
Add 1 cup of oats to the water (or water/milk).
Then you can get creative by either leaving it plain or adding your mixins - I love blueberries. Seriously, I am obsessed with them!
I just tossed in what I had left in my fridge - frozen would work well too.
For this batch I also happened to have a handful of blackberries, so in they went.
I also always add cinnamon. . .
lots of cinnamon. You can give it a good stir or just leave it be.
Put the lid on top,
Switch the dial to low and go to bed.
The next morning this will be calling you from your bed:
Lately I have been pretty good about making this Sunday night and then putting the remaining servings in handy little to-go containers which I can either reheat in the comfort of my own kitchen when I have some morning leisure time. OR grab on my way out the door and eat at my desk at work. For me, the added cinnamon and berries make it unnecessary to add anything else although I do like scooping a dollop of plain Greek yogurt on top. If you crave something sweeter you can add some brown sugar or maple syrup the night before.
Enjoy and let me know what you like in your steel-cut oatmeal!