Last month I found this fun new blogging club to join: Secret Recipe Club. Each month our lovely organizer, Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin sends us a top secret email with the name of a blog and then it’s our job to go through that blog and pick a recipe that we want to recreate. I’m pretty excited to be participating this month and I hope to continue on with the group!

This month, my top secret email told me to head over to Never Enough Thyme and I knew immediately that it was a perfect match. She’s a southern girl like me and her recipes really reflect that. I set my heart on making Lana’s boiled peanuts but I never found any raw peanuts! Anyone know where to get them?! So I went with my second choice: slow cooked oatmeal.

I’ve had a bag of steel cut oats in my pantry for who knows how long. I won them (along with about 20 tons of other oat products) in a photography contest awhile back and just never got around to opening them since they take so long to cook on the stove. This was the perfect solution.

I have a weird relationship with my crockpot – I like to be able to check on it throughout the day, which kind of defeats the purpose of the crockpot, right? But anyway, I worried that the oats would run out of water and start burning or there would be too much water, etc, etc, etc. but everything worked out perfectly!

One warning: the raisins kind of melt into the oatmeal during cooking and creates and very strong raisin syrup. If you aren’t that into raisins, you might want to hold off adding them until after the oats are cooked.

If you want to join us for next month’s Secret Recipe Club, go here and fill out the form.

Secret Recipe Club – Slow Cooked Oatmeal
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 6 cups water
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts chopped
  1. Spray the inside of the crockpot with the cooking spray. Add all ingredients and stir. Turn on the crockpot to its lowest setting. Cover and leave it overnight.
  2. The next morning, give it a quick stir and then top with whatever you want. Cream, maple syrup, brown sugar, nuts, dried fruit, and granola are all great ideas!
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