When I get organised the night before, it is great to pop the ingredients for my slow cooker porridge (oatmeal) with cinnamon and raisins into the crockpot, so we can have a filling and healthy breakfast without any fuss the next morning.
Slow cooker breakfasts are the best when you want a lie-in!! You could also cook this quickly on high in the morning for an easy breakfast if you don’t mind getting up early.
Once the sun rises and morning comes, I feel prepared as I know all I need to do is grab bowls and spoons and get toppings ready, then breakfast will be ready. Result!
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 too.
Creamy and slightly crispy round the edges rather like a flapjack (moreso if you cook overnight), the porridge has just enough maple syrup to sweeten it without being sickly sweet. Why not add some blueberries and almonds on top for some added vitamins and goodness.
- rolled oats (old-fashioned oats if you are based in the USA)
- milk – I use semi-skimmed (half-fat) normally, but you can use a non-dairy alternative instead if you prefer
- raisins – these add flavour and texture to your porridge. Feel free to swap for your preferred dried fruit, sultanas or dried cranberries also work well. Can be skipped too if you prefer.
- cinnamon – this adds flavour and colour to your porridge
- to sweeten – either use maple syrup to your taste, or you could also use honey or a little sugar. But do try it first as I like mine unsweetened as the raisins add sweetness already!
- to serve – use your favourite toppings. I usually add a few almonds and some fresh fruit like blueberries or chopped apple.
Step by step
It is so simple to make slow cooker oatmeal a.k.a porridge:
- Grab your rolled oats, milk, raisins and cinnamon and put then in the slow cooker pot.
- Put on the lid and cook for 6 hours on low (eg start late ready for an early breakfast) or 2 hours on high (you can get up early and have this ready for breakfast time if you are a morning person).
- Sweeten to your taste with maple syrup, or honey or sugar. Add your favourite toppings and serve!
More porridge recipes
For some other porridge ideas, check out these flavours, including more slow cooker versions:
- Oatmeal rhubarb porridge from Little Sunny Kitchen
- Winter-spiced carrot porridge from Veggie Desserts
- Slow cooker apple oats from Recipes from a Pantry
- Slow cooker blueberry porridge
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.
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Slow Cooker Porridge with Cinnamon and Raisins
- 60 g rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
- 300 ml semi-skimmed milk (half-fat)
- 150 ml cold water
- 50 g dried mixed fruit
- 4 tsp pure light maple syrup optional
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Place all of the ingredients apart from the maple syrup in the slow cooker pot. Stir.
- Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 2 hours.
- Sweeten to your taste with maple syrup (or honey, sugar or sweetener if you prefer) before serving with your favourite toppings.