Slow-cooked porridge

Slow-cooked porridge

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(22 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
    Two piles of oats



    Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…

  • 4 cups milk (or half milk, half water for a less creamy version), plus a dribble more milk to serve



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 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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20th Dec, 2018
This was disgustingly vile! Sorry I don’t know what else to say other than that. I had it on warm instead of low as it was cooking quite fast, left it for 7 hours overnight - prepared it and it looked like gloop (similar consistency to PVA glue). Better off doing it in the microwave, takes literally 3 mins!
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Sheena Cringean
13th Dec, 2018
Clearly states in the instructions that the porridge should be put in a sturdy ceramic bowl which is then placed in the slow cooker a bit like a bain marie without the water. It's not supposed to be cooked directly in your slow cooker bowl. I'm guessing this slows down the cooking process even slower which is why it can be cooked a bit longer. Has ANYONE actually tried cooking it according to these instructions or has everyone just done the complete opposite then complained when surprise surprise it didn't work???
6th Feb, 2018
I guess the temperatures of different cookers varies but no way should you cook it all night. We make porridge in a slow cooker every day in winter. No more than 2 hours on low setting. If your cooker has a timer use that. We have a cheap plug in timer that we use to set the cooker to come on 2 hours before we get up. Microwaved porridge, even pre soaked, doesn't come close.
10th Jan, 2018
Just awful. I'm up often during the night with new baby, after 4 hours (at 3am) the porridge was already so revoltingly overcooked and welded to the sides of the slow cooker pot that I switched it off and abandoned the attempt. So inaccurate the author can't ever have tried this herself.
10th Jan, 2018
Use a microwave!!
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.


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.
4th Dec, 2018
Alright, so I'll admit ... I haven't tried this yet. But. The recipe does say to put a sturdy ceramic bowl inside your slow cooker ceramic bowl, so this will avoid the sticking to your slow cooker bowl. After some googling, it seems that rolled oats will turn into a sticky mess if you cook for this long. The oats to use seem to be steel cut oats which are also known as Scottish oats. These are chopped rather than flattened, so need cooking for longer and also keep their texture better. I think they might be difficult to find though. The Scottish oats in the supermarket are still rolled if you read the item description :-(
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.
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