Slow Cooker Apple and Cinnamon Porridge

It’s getting to that time of year again where a nice warming bowl of porridge in the morning is just the ticket. For the last few years I’ve been making it in the slow cooker so it’s all ready to be eaten the minute I wake up. Now, I don’t really like plain old porridge though (with sugar and milk) so I have come up with a combination that’s a bit more tasty and had the added benefit of added fruit to make it an even more health breakfast.

I love that it’s ready in the mornin with no effort and nothing beats waking up on a rubbish Autumn/Winter weekend morning, running down to the kitchen, grabbng a bowl of porridge the heading on back up to bed with a book. Bliss.

Slow Cooker Apple and Cinnamon Porridge

Ingredients

1 Cup Rolled Oats (I use a teacup and it makes enough for 2 good portions or 4 smallish ones)
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Water
Apple (any apple you have but I normally use a cooking one)
Cinnamon (Nutmeg works well too)

What you need to do

  • Put the oats, milk and water into the slow cooker a few hours before you plan to switch it on. I do this as it lets the flavours really soak in and also it lets me stir it once the oats have soaked up some of the milk and are a bit stodgier – I find if you don’t it can make for a little lumpy porridge).
  • Grate in the apple and 1/4 teaspoon or so of cinnamon or nutmeg – how much you use depends on how strong you like the flavour.
  • Just before bed (around 11pm for me, getting up at 7.30), switch the slow cooker on at the lowest setting and it’ll be ready and waiting for you in the morning.

The Fiance likes to stir in a few raisins for extra taste and energy but I prefer the sweet taste of honey or maple syrup!