Trying to find a healthy, wholesome breakfast that tastes good and fills you up can be challenging.
Especially when you don’t have a lot of time to spend preparing food in the morning.
Slow cooker porridge is ideal, as you can prepare it the night before and let it cook while you sleep.
You will wake up to freshly made porridge without having to put time aside in your morning routine to make breakfast.
This recipe makes enough porridge for 6 people, so there is enough for the whole family to eat a satisfying breakfast to start the day.
This is such a flexible meal. Each person can choose their own topping. And if your slow cooker has a ‘keep warm’ function, then they can help themselves at whatever time they usually have breakfast.
Keep reading to find out how to make the perfect slow cooker porridge.
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What Do You Need?
The only equipment you need to make this slow cooker porridge recipe is a slow cooker.
All the ingredients go into the slow cooker and cook low and slow until the porridge is ready.
You don’t need to use the stove or any pots or pans, which means that the clean up is super easy.
Is Porridge Good For You?
Porridge is one of the best breakfasts you can eat, especially if you top it with fruit to create a balanced meal.
Oats are a whole grain which means that they contain lots of essential nutrients for your body. Even better, oats are a nutrient dense food which means they contain lots of the things your body needs in very few calories.
They are also a great source of fibre, keeping your digestive system healthy.
Oats help you to regulate the amount of sugar in your blood, contributing to the prevention of diabetes.
Furthermore, porridge helps to prevent heart disease, and is a great choice of breakfast if you are trying to lose weight.
If you want to keep your porridge as healthy as possible, try to use a low fat milk and low sugar toppings.
How Can You Customise This Recipe?
The basic recipe for porridge doesn’t really need to be altered. However, you can change the milk to make this recipe vegan or to fit with different dietary requirements.
You can also swap the butter for a vegan equivalent. Remember that switching out the ingredients will change the number of calories per serving.
- Dairy Milk – You can use skimmed, semi-skimmed or whole milk depending on how creamy you like your porridge to be.
- Oat milk – Oat milk is a great choice for porridge as it will bring out the natural flavour of the oats and add even more nutrients.
- Almond milk – If you like sweet porridge then almond milk would be an ideal replacement for you.
- Coconut milk – Coconut milk will make your porridge really creamy, and adds a very subtle coconut flavour.
- Soy milk – soy milk is very versatile and won’t affect the flavour of your porridge, so it is a great switch if you want to make vegan porridge.
What Toppings Can You Use On Your Porridge?
You might think that porridge is a boring breakfast, but you can jazz it up with whatever toppings you fancy.
Here are some great ideas for creating exciting and varied porridge flavours.
- Bakewell tart porridge – Use almond milk to give the porridge a sweet flavour, and add a teaspoon or two of almond extract. Stir fresh or tinned cherries (stones removed) through the porridge, and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
- Peanut butter jelly porridge – Use nut milk like hazelnut milk or cashew milk. Stir a few tablespoons of organic peanut butter through the porridge before serving (rough or smooth). Sprinkle with fresh raspberries or use a dollop of raspberry jam in the centre of the porridge. You could also sprinkle some chopped peanuts on top. This can also be done with any other kind of nut butter depending on what you prefer.
- Nutella porridge – Use hazelnut milk to make the porridge. Stir through a few tablespoons of Nutella before serving, and sprinkle with chopped, toasted hazelnuts.
- Coconut porridge – Use coconut milk to make the porridge. If you want to be indulgent, add a tablespoon or two of coconut cream. You can also use coconut extract if you want a big hit of coconut flavour. Sprinkle with shredded, unsweetened coconut.
- Apple pie porridge – Use whatever milk you fancy, but preferably something that will make the porridge nice and creamy. Add a few teaspoons of cinnamon to the porridge. You can add fresh apples half way through cooking, or use pre-stewed apples or tinned apple pie filling. If you want the porridge to be nice and sweet, use a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract as well.
- Gingerbread porridge – Use whatever milk you fancy. Add a teaspoon of ground ginger to the porridge, and a teaspoon of ginger extract. (if you don’t have both, double up on one). Add two teaspoons of vanilla extract, and cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. You can also sprinkle it with crushed ginger biscuits.
These are just a few ideas for how to top your porridge.
There are so many different flavours you can try to adapt this slow cooker porridge recipe. So don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients and find the combinations that work for you.
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