Saturday, October 30, 2010

Slow cooker Overnight Porridge / Oatmeal recipe

I feel a real sense of guilt about this post as I meant to create an overnight porridge for my friend Jessica (Hi Jess!). What I ended up with was totally yummy but I remembered as I ate it that Jess hates cooked fruit. (Sorry Jess). I have it in mind to keep working on this because I love having a cooked breakfast waiting for me when I go downstairs - hey, it's like having staff! - but for now, for those of you who like a fruity breakfast, this may be worth a try. I ought to mention that, for good or for ill, it doesn't taste much like normal porridge. For good or for ill.

Ingredients for 4:

500ml / 2 cups milk
50 g / 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup/ 75 g rolled oats
3 small apples, roughly chopped
50g / 1/4 cup raisins
50 g/ 1/4 cup dried cranberries (any dried fruit is fine)


Dump it all in. Give it a stir. Cook on Low for 8-10 hours.


This is a really satisfying breakfast. My toddler liked it and so did my husband who hates normal porridge. It has a dark golden colour which seems weird at first but I think it's the apples and brown sugar that give it that colour. It was quite sweet and I might tone that down next time but it was also creamy. It was pretty thick as porridges go which I didn't mind but you might like it sloppier. The apple stays in chunks which is nice and the spices are very autumnal. We've made this several times now. 


  1. Thanks for thinking of me! That does sound tasty; I might even cope with the apples, I need to find something to do with all my bramleys. I wonder if it would work without them - might try this in the smaller crock once Skyrider is done playing with it.

  2. It's a pleasure! I'm trying out a pumpkin pie version this week (I know!)

  3. Thanks for commenting on my blog. It was Tate & Lyle maple flavour in plastic bottle. I don't really recommend it, I was trying to use it up as it's not as good as Canadian one on pancakes. It's basically golden syrup with maple flavouring. Perhaps you can have a link with my blog, have not come up any other Italian recipes, the one I just did is Irish/Italian, especially if you use the celery and carrots.

  4. So yes, turns out Tate and Lyle have a maple flavoured golden syrup. WOuld be great with this.

    CC I will try and get a link up very soon!