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Slow-cooked porridge

Slow-cooked porridge

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins plus overnight cooking


Serves 4

Put this oaty breakfast into your slow cooker before bed and wake up to a bowl of creamy comfort in the morning. Add your favourite toppings

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal264
  • fat7g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 1 cup jumbo oats
  • 4 cups milk (or half milk, half water for a less creamy version), plus a dribble more milk to serve



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  • ¼ cup dried fruits (optional)

To serve

  • your favourite toppings - brown sugar or honey, sliced bananas, grated apple, blueberries, pinch of cinnamon, natural yogurt, etc



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…


  1. Heat the slow cooker if necessary. Find a sturdy ceramic bowl that will fit in the cooker. Put the oats in the bowl along with a pinch of salt, then pour over the milk, or a mixture of milk and water. Add the dried fruit, if using. Place the bowl in the slow cooker and put on its lowest setting and cook overnight for 7-8 hours. If anyone’s up in the night, give the porridge a quick stir to scrape up the crustier bits from around the edges and bottom, but don’t worry if not.

  2. In the morning, give the porridge a really good stir – it may have developed a crust on top, but just stir this in to break it up. Add a drop more milk to loosen if necessary, then ladle into bowls and add your favourite toppings.

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9th Nov, 2016
I used soya milk which was a mistake, as it separated. The addition of cooking apples, frozen blackberries and a fk tonne of cinnamon barely stopped this porridge from becoming a tasteless, texture-free waste of time. Don't bother with porridge in the slow cooker, just bung it in the microwave and wait the 5 mins.
18th Jan, 2016
I'd never have attempted this if I'd read these comments! Following the recipe above I've ended up with what looks like oaty custard and a slow cooker which will take days to clean. The idea of ready made porridge is very seductive, but this recipe won't do it... weetabix for me tomorrow!
19th Jun, 2015
Really easy and healthy breakfast, our clients love to get porridge in their menu
16th Jun, 2015
Good idea but bad technique. To prevent the porridge from burning/sticking, you can put the oats and milk into a small bowl/container with a lid that fits inside the slow cooker, and then put about an inch of water around that bowl (like a bain-marie).
20th Feb, 2015
Followed this recipe and ruined a perfectly nice breakfast. I set my timer for 12 hours, and I honestly think it was 6 hours too long!!! It had a horrible thick skin on the top, and underneath was thick and nasty. I'd compare it to gruel to be honest. I will try this again, but as an experiment throughout the day, and I will check on it after 4 hours or so.
7th Feb, 2015
what next. slow cooker coffee?
30th Sep, 2015
11th Jan, 2015
8 hours is way too long!! I use jumbo oats and half cold milk, half boiling water and cook on low for 4 - 6 hours. Stir a few times if possible. I make 5 portions at a time, separate into daily portions and keep in the fridge. A 2 minute blast in the microwave in the morning is perfect!
6th Jan, 2017
But porridge only takes 4 mins until he microwave anyway?!
8th Jan, 2015
I cook porridge in the slow-cooker all the time, but I don't put it on the night before. I put it on in the morning on the high setting; when it starts boiling, the cooker will automatically turn it down, but I try to keep an eye on it and turn it down as soon as the bubbling starts. Depending on the quality of the porridge (size of the pieces), it will be cooked between 10 and 20 minutes after turning it down to low.


19th Mar, 2014
Can you make this without a slow cooker? It sounds lovely but we don't have one.
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31st Mar, 2014
Hi there, yes you can, follow the recipe but then cook covered with foil in a low oven for about an hour, thanks.
18th May, 2017
Put a few centimetres of hot water in the main slow cooker bowl. Put the porridge ingredients in a smaller bowl and then put this bowl in the cooker. If your cooker has a 'keep warm' setting just set the porridge to cook for one hour and then it will keep warm all the rest of the night.