Slow Cooker Porridge - Spiced Apple and Carrot


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Autumn is here, which means the slow cooker is out for soups dinners and... breakfast!

Yes, slow cooker porridge is your new best friend in the colder weather. Pop it on the night before and wake up to deliciously cooked creamy oatmeal ready and waiting.

I love oats for breakfast especially no stir porridge recipes, an alternative to slow cooker porridge is oven baked oats, you do have to get out of bed to put them on in the morning, but you can slink back into bed for another 30 mins or so, my kids also love my banana blueberry baked oats, they call it "pudding" breakfast!

slow cooker porridge in a blue topped with walnuts, maple syrup being poured on top

Crockpot Porridge vs Slow Cooker Oatmeal

It's the same thing people! Here in New Zealalnd I grew up eating porridge, but I believe my American counterparts would refer to this recipe as slow cooker oatmeal rather than porridge

Crockpot is one brand name for a slow cooker. So this recipe could in fact be called Crockpot Oatmeal and still have the same outcome a delicious warm overnight oatmeal perfect for breakfast 

How to cook porridge in the slow cooker

In this slow cooker porridge recipe I use apple, carrots, and cinnamon to make it taste like carrot cake in a warm steamy bowl.

But you can make your porridge in the slow cooker with any combination of ingredients or you could just make it plain.

But a little bit of veggies at breakfast never hurt anyone either! These are my tips for cooking oatmeal in a slow cooker

Tips for slow cooker oatmeal

  1. The first time you make it, make it during the day, as all slow cookers are a little different, it should be totally fine but some slow cookers do run quite hot, so I would pop it on in the morning one day and see how it goes before cooking it overnight. Porridge is a perfectly acceptable dinner or dessert I reckon anyway lol!
  2. Either grease your slow cooker or use the double boiler method, especially if you are using dried fruit in your mix, this will just make it easier to clean if there are any sticky bits o the side. By double boiler method I mean find a bowl which is heatproof (ceramic or pyrex is awesome) that will fit inside your slow cooker. Pop this in your slow cooker, then add water so that the bowl is sitting in a water bath. You will then add the ingredients into the smaller bowl
  3. Use the large old-fashioned rolled oats, quick cook oats don't do well in the slow cooker as they go too mushy, quick cooked oats are the larger oats that have been chopped into smaller pieces. Steel cut oats also work well in the slow cooker
  4. Check your packet of rolled oats and use the liquid to oat ratio that the pack recommends. If you are adding fresh fruit or veggies (like I do in this recipe with apple and carrot) I decrease the liquid amount a smidge, as the  fruits and veggies have some liquid content
  5. You can use a variety of liquids when cooking oats in the slow cooker, milk, water, juice (although juice will increase the sugar content a great deal) or a mixture. I often use 50:50 milk to water
  6. If for any reason you happen to be up in the night or a member of the family gets up early, give the porridge a quick stir. It's not necessary but if you are up can make it even better.

slow cooker porridge in a blue bowl topped with walnuts milk and maple syrup, chunks if soft apple visible


slow cooker porridge, spoonful up close above a bowl of oatmeal
The carrot literally melts into the porridge, no one will know it's there


slow cooker porridge in a blue topped with walnuts, maple syrup being poured on top
I love to serve it with a little maple syrup and walnuts

slow cooker porridge, spoonful up close above a bowl of oatmeal

slow cooker porridge in a blue bowl topped with walnuts milk and maple syrup, chunks if soft apple visible

Slow Cooker Porridge - Spiced Apple & Carrot

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Slow cooker porridge or overnight oatmeal is a game changer, pop it on the night before and wake to warm creamy healthy breakfast in the morning, I flavour this version with apple, carrot, and spices, reminiscent of carrot cake


  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 medium carrot
  • ½ cup dates
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt (optional)


  1. Check my tips above, as I would suggest either greasing your slow cooker or using the double boiler method to make clean up nice and easy
  2. Peel the apple and cut into chunks. (approx 2cm)
  3. Grate the carrot
  4. Roughly chop the dates
  5. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker, give it a stir
  6. Pop on the lid, turn the slow cooker on to low and cook for approximately 8 hrs overnight
  7. Serve with your favourite milk, a little maple syrup, honey or brown sugar and your favourite nut, I love a little maple syrup with walnuts


  • Feel free to play around with the liquid combinations in the recipe, you can substitute any milk, or make the recipe with all water if you require dairy free. Another option is to use a little apple juice for a sweeter end result
  • Make sure you check my tips up above for cooking porridge in the slow cooker

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: ¾ Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 43.6gFiber: 6gSugar: 20.5gProtein: 6.6g

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  1. We love carrots in porridge too! I call mine Carrot Cake Oats...anything to get them to eat it! This looks seriously good Stacey - can't wait to try this version.