Forecast: Tropical Wintry Mix


Can we enjoy a tropical climate in Montana in December?  You bet!

It’s not such a flummoxing thing as you might think, my child.  Come with me into my kitchen and I will show you a wondrous thing!

But first, let’s take a look outside—  it’s early morning, December 15 in rural Montana and we FINALLY have our first snow of the season!  We are excited about this, for not only does this mean we may have a white Christmas after all, it also means we have finally gotten some moisture that we so badly needed.  We don’t care what form it comes in at this point, so hurrah for the snow!

First snow 2015, deck scene.

But, I digress… are awaiting something tropical, are you not?  So, now look away from that window and come with me into my kitchen…

It’s breakfast time on a cold, finally-snowy, school-day morning and Miss Crock Pot, has been working much of the night.  She did the hard work, we simply added our own touch of the tropics and look what has appeared before us on this day’s breakfast table!


Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats by Miss Crock Pot, topped with vanilla Greek yogurt, juicy mango, fresh pineapple chunks, drizzles of honey, a splash of cream and sprinkled to perfection with fresh-toasted coconut!  Oh, my!  A real tropical delight!

I close my eyes…I can smell the ocean, feel the sun, hear the water on the beach….ahhhh!

Until I look out the window again…



Tropical Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
Serves 5
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 5 min
  1. 5 cups vanilla almond milk
  2. 1 cup steel cut oats
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1 cup chopped pineapple
  5. 1 mango, chunked
  6. 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  7. 1/4 cup honey
  8. 1/2 cup coconut, toasted
  1. In a 3-qt slow cooker, stir together milk, oats and salt.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or high for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. To serve, top with pineapple, mango, yogurt, and coconut.
  4. Drizzle with honey.
  1. I use a lamp timer for my crock pot. I set it to come on at midnight and it's ready at 6:00 AM.
  2. Plain or coconut Greek yogurt is also excellent.
  3. And, please, DO toast the coconut! You will not be sorry!
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  1. Janice McIntosh

    Going to try!

  2. Joyce

    Hey can I use regular milk? You do realize you also have to answer all these Barbra;)

    1. The Jolly Rancher (Post author)

      I have never made this recipe with dairy milk, but I would think it would curdle with this much cooking. If you would rather not use the almond milk, I would recommend just using water for the liquid. It will not taste as “rich”, but you could always splash on some heavy cream along with the other toppings to remedy that!
      Good luck!

  3. Anonymous

    I see nutritional data on the website, how did you get that and is it for the entire recipe or just the oats?

    1. jlackman

      Anonymous; I can say for certain that the nutritional information includes all of the ingredients, so it’s for the entire recipe. I tested removing and adding ingredients to verify that. As to where the information is pulled from, I have presented that question to the developers and will respond here when we have more detail. I hope this helps, thanks for reading!

  4. Darla

    Hahaha! “Your mom said” to add a comment. Well, comment I shall! I think I am going to love your blog! Your family has a way with words, so I know I shall be properly entertained and fed. Love it, cousin!

  5. Jeanie

    Hi… I have this lonesome feeling as I am sitting here remembering the times when we were all sitting around our table! Thanks for giving us this opportunity to span the miles between us!!
    Love to all…
    Don and Jeanie

  6. Anonymous

    Love the oats!\


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