Slow-cooked porridge

Slow-cooked porridge

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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…

  • 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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Sammy Cooks
21st Nov, 2019
Alison is really upset about these oats.
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!
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Alison Jane
9th Oct, 2019
Yet another person who can't follow a recipe. If the porridge is stuck to the slow cooker you didn't do as the recipe stated.
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).
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Alison Jane
9th Oct, 2019
You mean just like the recipe states!
Sammy Cooks
21st Nov, 2019
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.


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