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Slow Cooker Peaches and Cream Steel-Cut Oatmeal

August 23, 2015

Made with steel-cut oats, fresh peaches and coconut cream this gluten-free and dairy-free, hands-off recipe for slow cooker peaches and cream steel-cut oatmeal is guaranteed to become a breakfast favorite!

Made with steel-cut oats, fresh peaches and coconut cream this gluten-free and dairy-free, hands-off recipe for slow cooker peaches and cream steel-cut oatmeal is guaranteed to become a breakfast favorite!


With a certain someone’s birthday approaching, thoughts on aging and racking up those digits has become a frequent thought on my mind.

By now you already know my sentiments on birthdays and the deep anxiety they bring to me. It takes me an entire year to come to terms with my new age before I’m forced to move onto another one.

No matter what anyone says or how I look at it, I have never and will never love my birthday. Fortunately there’s cake, so that helps.

Made with steel-cut oats, fresh peaches and coconut cream this gluten-free and dairy-free, hands-off recipe for slow cooker peaches and cream steel-cut oatmeal is guaranteed to become a breakfast favorite!I’m not about to say it’s a good thing but I do appreciate that with age I become somewhat wiser on life and slightly more self-aware of my bad habits. One such habit is officially the discussion of this post.

I should have had this post written already. It was the 7th thing on my never-ending to-do-list today and with its completion would come full satisfaction and a unicorn tribe carrying rainbows of happiness.

I should, I should, I should.

Two words that have haunted most of my young adult life.

Made with steel-cut oats, fresh peaches and coconut cream this gluten-free and dairy-free, hands-off recipe for slow cooker peaches and cream steel-cut oatmeal is guaranteed to become a breakfast favorite!As I get older I’ve become far more aware of the pressure I put on myself because I’ve decided that “I should”. Worse yet, I feel tremendous guilt when I don’t. More often than not, this pressure is entirely self-induced and its implications fall solely on me.

I should have written this post earlier, but I was exhausted after a weekend away, it was raining and my body needed a nap. Two-hours of sleepy gloriousness.

It doesn’t need an excuse. The post didn’t get done, and those unicorns carrying rainbows of happiness never appeared. But guess what? Even if it had they still wouldn’t have shown up. We think we’re worse off for failing to do something, or more accurately changing course, but that simply isn’t the case.

I should be talking about this slow cooker Peaches and Cream Steel-Cut Oatmeal (for SEO purposes), but I’m not. No need for excuses, apologies or guilt. Life happens, we grow older, we move on, we nap for 2 hours and we eat amazing breakfasts. We can’t control every detail of it, so why should we try?


Slow Cooker Peaches and Cream Steel-Cut Oatmeal

  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


  • 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 6 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 peaches, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 can coconut cream*


  1. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.**
  3. Give it a good stir for about 5 minutes or until ingredients come together and thicken (be patient, this may take a few minutes)
  4. Place desired serving in a bowl and top with a scoop of coconut cream to serve.
  5. Store leftovers in fridge for up to 1 week.
  6. To reheat add a splash of coconut milk and heat up in microwave.


*To get coconut cream place a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge for at least one hour. Open can and scoop out hardened cream at the top of the can.
**I make mine overnight so it is ready in the morning.

Made with steel-cut oats, fresh peaches and coconut cream this gluten-free and dairy-free, hands-off recipe for slow cooker peaches and cream steel-cut oatmeal is guaranteed to become a breakfast favorite!Do you put pressure on yourself to do things you think you “should”? What have you learned about yourself as you’ve gotten older?


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  • Reply
    August 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

    This rang so very true with me today. I had a Saturday filled with “I shoulds” and almost put myself in a pretty negative place before heading to bed. I definitely need to become better about embracing whatever I am doing, whether it is reading blogs or watching YouTube, instead of just getting down on myself for not doing other things. That moment will certainly happen to get those tasks done – I just need to have more faith in knowing all things happen in time. Ps, this oatmeal sounds amazing – definitely need to get on getting a new slow cooker after ours broke/burned everything.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      I hear ya, lady! We can be so hard on ourselves. Lee and I chat about this a lot aka right now while we lay in bed and pseudo-work but really just hang out and respond to your awesome comments 😉

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        August 25, 2015 at 3:13 pm

        Not going to complain about that…responses are my favorite. =) I wish I could have followed my own advice yesterday – I was a mess with my anxiety! Today is MUCH better!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    August 23, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Oh I am the worst for ‘I should’s’ – I literally spend my whole say saying that but I know it’s the worst thing I can do and my husband always corrects me on it! It kind of links into what I have learned with age… That I am my own worst enemy! I put pressure on myself, am my own worst critic and will put myself down! But I am now working so hard on changing that – life’s too short to be cruel to myself!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Right?! I always think how I’d never treat somebody else this way, so why would I do it to myself? It’s hard though. Keep at it lady! I’m right there with you.

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    Nora (A Clean Bake)
    August 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Pressure on Myself is basically my middle name, but like everyone, I am a work in progress! I have had the same experience with blogging and I make a deal with myself to stop and take a break the second it stops being fun. No one notices if recipes get posted a bit late, especially if they’re as delicious as this!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 25, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Exactly! Do I see a cherry lime slushie recipe? OMG. Be still my heart.

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    August 24, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Ah yes, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to the expectations we put on ourselves. And we let those little voices in our heads get the best of us. The older I get, the better I am at shushing them, but sometimes they do get the best of us. I’d say this is a super well-timed post, considering I’m anything but done with peaches, and can always use a creamy dreamy breakfast in my life. Happy early birthday, m’dear! When those devilish voices get the best of you: birthday cake + cocktail is in order 😉

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 25, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Aka every night this week haha. Thanks so much, lovely! Nice to know I’m not alone xoxo

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    Consuelo | Honey & Figs
    August 25, 2015 at 6:02 am

    You’re so right girl! Plus, when are two hour naps not awesome??
    ps. this looks soooo good! Peaches + cream + oatmeal = heaveeeeennnn

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    August 25, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Love this post! I have definitely been putting a lot of pressure on myself lately, but am also more conscious that it doesn’t hurt to take a step back either. Whatever needs to get done, it will happen!
    This recipe sounds like the perfect thing to throw together overnight and enjoy hassle-free the next am.
    Hope you’re having an awesome week with Lee!! Looking forward to the webinar tonight!! <3

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      We are so looking forward to it too! See you tonight 🙂

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    August 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Love that shot of the peaches — perfection!

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    August 28, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Oh Davida, story of my life, that I’m trying hard to overcome. I have such tremendous maximalism, perfectionism and guilt toward myself when it comes to expectations, that I always push myself for more and more, and of course I end up exhausted. So I’m trying to rein that in and slow down and accept that there will always remain a few things on my (mental) To Do List, and that’s fine. 🙂

    Lovely photos, they just made me smile. Enjoy your birthday celebrations! 🙂

    ps. Can you please tell me what are the fonts you used in the photo? I really like the script-like one. Thanks! 🙂

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    Joey Haeck
    September 1, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Peaches Cream Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats. However, when these oats are heated low and slow for several hours, they develop more of a creamy, porridge-like consistency, making them something extra special for breakfast especially when you mix them with fresh, juicy peaches.

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    Cherie Monahan
    January 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Do you add the coconut cream to the crockpot ingredients or it is just used for topping the oatmeal?

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      The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Just for topping, but you’re welcome to just stir it in if you’d like!

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    January 31, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Maven, this look amazing! I wouldn’t have thought to put peaches and coconut together – will give it a whirl! I’ve een into coconut sugar lately – love that it doesn’t raise glycemic levels as quickly as other forms of sugar. Thanks for sharing! 💕 Bita

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    Laurie Bass
    April 26, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    What size crockpot do you use?

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    September 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    If I use a 5 quart crockpot, can I double the recipe? I need a recipe that serves about 8. Thanks!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      September 9, 2016 at 10:38 am

      The original recipe serves about 8. Wouldn’t recommend doubling it as they will require a lot of milk.

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    November 16, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Is that coconut milk the kind from a carton in the dairy section, or the kind in cans?

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    January 12, 2017 at 7:29 am

    This looks sooo good. Since peaches aren’t in season at the moment, do you think this would work with frozen peaches? Thanks so much!!

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    August 23, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I’d like to make this but have a huge bag of “Quick Cooking” steel cut oats from Costco. Has anyone ever tried it with this version? I keep trying steel cut oats in the slow cooker with awful results. Burnt and sticks to the sides. Thinking it must have something to do with the oats.

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    June 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    So, for the coconut MILK do we use the kind that is refrigerated with almond milk etc…? And for the cream, does it have to be full fat? Also, do we only use the solid bits from one can or the entire can, liquid and all?

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