Are you getting used to being back in the swing of things? I am just about used to getting up early for work again, and getting the children ready for school in time. When I remember the night before, it is great to pop the ingredients for my slow cooker maple, cinnamon and raisin porridge into the crockpot, so we can have a filling and healthy breakfast without any fuss the next morning.
Once the sun rises and morning comes (OK it isn’t light when we get up of course at this time of year) I can stumble out of bed and all I need to do is grab bowls and spoons. Result for me! I do like to give my kids a hot breakfast in the morning which will set them up for the day ahead. On these cold mornings my slow cooker porridge is perfect for warming them up as well.
Use your slow cooker to make a warming breakfast.
- 60 g rolled oats
- 300 ml semi-skimmed milk
- 150 ml cold water
- 50 g dried mixed fruit
- 4 tsp pure light maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Place all of the ingredients in the slow cooker.
Cook on low for 6 hours.
The amounts given are enough for me and two small children, with a small bowl each. If you are feeding more or have a good appetite in the morning, you may need to double it up!
I use my 3.5 litre digital slow cooker for this, which isn't too hot. If you have a slow cooker which runs very hot, you may need to reduce the time.
Creamy and slightly crispy round the edges rather like a flapjack, the porridge has just enough maple syrup to sweeten it without being sickly sweet. Why not add some chopped apple or blueberries on top for some added vitamins?
For some other porridge ideas, check these out from some top UK food bloggers:
- Oatmeal rhubarb porridge from Little Sunny Kitchen
- Apple and blueberry baked porridge from Penne For Your Thoughts
- Chocolate porridge (yum!) from Tin and Thyme
- Winter-spiced carrot porridge from Veggie Desserts
- Slow cooker apple oats from Recipes from a Pantry
Do you make any breakfast recipes in your slow cooker? Cinnamon and raisin bread is great, as are cinnamon rolls. Are you sensing a cinnamon theme here?! Let me know what your favourite slow cooker breakfast is.