Maple, Pear, and Pecan Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats


This nourishing breakfast will keep you fed all winter long. Sweetened with maple syrup and spiced with ground ginger and cinnamon, it combines all the best flavors of the season wrapped into a comforting bowl of oats. If you don't have an extra pear for topping each bowl, try serving with sliced apple instead. And though we do love pecans, this dish would be equally as tasty with walnuts or almonds, if that's what you have on hand. Those who prefer a sweet breakfast can drizzle their bowl with more maple syrup, and anyone who leans more savory can top with a sprinkle of flaky salt. 

Two bowls of maple, pear, and pecan steel-cut oats displayed on a table with two spoons.
Instead of standing over the stove stirring your steel-cut oats, throw them in the slow cooker and let them cook overnight. The result is a deliciously spiced, creamy oatmeal that you can top with more peas and toasted pecans. Get the Recipe:Maple, Pear, and Pecan Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats. Photo: Brie Passano
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
6 to 8 - servings


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups steel-cut oats

  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 pears, chopped small, plus additional pears for serving, if desired

  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped

  • Milk, for serving


  1. Coat the insert of 4- to 6-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Whisk the water, oats, maple syrup, ginger, salt, and cinnamon in the slow cooker until combined. Stir in the pears.

  3. Cook, covered, on high for 3 to 3 ½ hours or on low for 6 to 7 hours, until the grains are tender but still intact.

  4. Serve hot, topped with pecans, milk, and more pears and maple syrup, if desired.

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