Creamy Slow Cooker Porridge

A creamy slow cooker porridge, cooked overnight in your slow cooker, served with sweet maple syrup and raisins.

Creamy Slow Cooker Porridge in a bowl.

Wake up to a delicious hot breakfast that has been slowly cooking overnight, filling your house with a the most amazing smell.

✔️ Why you'll love this recipe!

  • Just 2 ingredients needed!
  • Frugal and filling breakfast recipe.
  • Perfect for cold winter mornings.

🛒 Ingredient notes

1 Cup Oats - ordinary plain rolled oats or porridge oats.
4 Cups Milk - you can use semi skimmed or whole milk.

🔪 How do I make Slow Cooker Porridge?

To make the creamy slow cooker porridge, I used 1 cup of whole oats to 4 cups of semi skimmed milk (you could use full fat milk for an even creamier version), and left it on low overnight (about 6 hours).

The smell on waking was worth it alone, but what  I really enjoyed was the crusty bits that had caramelised around the edge of the slow cooker pot. Delicious!

Slow Cooker Maple and Raisin Porridge

I added some maple syrup and raisins to the porridge and a dash more milk (the amount served 4 easily), and we gobbled it up in no time. So comforting on a cold winters day.

Is it safe to leave the slow cooker on overnight?

Slow cookers are designed to cook for long periods of time, so it's entirely safe to leave your slow cooker on overnight. 

For added piece of mind, you can now buy timers for your sockets*, which will automatically switch appliances off after a certain amount of time.

Healthy Slow Cooker Porridge

Porridge is one of the healthiest, most nutritious ways to start the day. Oats are high in fibre and keep your tummy feeling nice and full until lunchtime. 

If you add fruit to your porridge, it provides even more health benefits in the form of vitamins and minerals. Chopped banana would work well in this, with a sprinkling of walnuts.

Slow Cooker Maple and Raisin Porridge in a bowl.

🍴 What to serve with Slow Cooker Porridge?

I usually serve slow cooker porridge with maple syrup and raisins, but I like serving it with fruit too. This tangy blackcurrant coulis recipe, pairs perfectly with the creamy porridge.

Roasted rhubarb would also work well. Just spoon the rhubarb on top and away you go.

Roasted Rhubarb.

I quite often make a Christmas version of the slow cooker porridge on Christmas Eve, and serve it as part of a North Pole breakfast for the kids. The fruity snowmen and reindeer decorations go down really well! Best of all, it's SO easy.

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  1. I gave away my slow cooker but very tempted this winter to get it back, love porridge, great idea to do in the slow cooker!

  2. My daughter is a huge porridge fan so I really should put this in the slow cooker and surprise her soon. Thank you for the inspiration - always wanting to find new ways to use my slow cooker:-)