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. 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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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.
3rd Jan, 2015
Tried this, but only woke up to burnt soggy mess :(
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10th Jun, 2014
This is a great idea but my slow cooker even on low, dried out the mixture over 8 hours. Tried a few times more tweaking the recipe but it was not well received at breakfast in our house. It seems to take on a watery tastelessness when done overnight.
17th Jul, 2014
I do a variation of this recipe, but in mine I add 2tbsp light muscovado sugar, 1tsp cinnamon and 1/2tsp of vanilla extract. I do this quite often and keep leftovers in the fridge... another way to impart flavour is to take a single chunk of dark chocolate (I use 70%) and drop it into the hot porridge, and give it a stir... it stops the same flavour becoming boring over time. It doesn't turn out bitter because of the sweetness of the sugar and kids will probably love choc porridge. I also grease the pot on my slow cooker with butter or coconut oil, which adds another flavour to the mix, makes for much easier clean-up, and I cook it for nowhere near 8 hours. Try 4-5, on low. Obviously the bigger your oats, the longer it needs. Muscovado is one of those "good" sugars - any sugar that is less refined than the white cane sugar is "good", but "wet" sugars are the best. Hope this helps.
6th Apr, 2014
Followed instructions exactly but 8 hours in our crock pot has left me 1 hour scrubbing hard baked oats from the inside of the bowl. I did try the porridge regardless but it was truly terrible. saw another recipe that says to use a bowl inside your crock pot - so might try this the next time.


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