Slow Cooker Coconut & Cacao Porridge

With winter here it means I get my slow cooker out and get my porridge ready made and warm for when we wake up. Perfect for me. Perfect for the kids. Weekday mornings can be pretty busy so it is so nice to throw this all in the slow cooker before I go to bed and then next time I see it, it’s warm and ready to eat.  I love porridge but can get easily bored of the standard syrup or honey with it, so created this recipe. Its super easy to make and as long as you have a slow cooker, can slowly cook away for 8 hours overnight.

Porridge makes an excellent breakfast for kids and adults alike. Oats, being whole grains, are packed full of slow releasing carbs, help stabilise blood sugars and contain more dietary fibre than any other grain. Plus, oats are pretty cheap! Win win. I use cacao for the natural health benefits but unsweetened coco powder would be a good substitute too – the chocolate flavour just adds another dimension and coconut and chocolate go so well together.

Basically, you need 4 cups of liquid for every cup of oats. It might seem like a lot but as it slow cooks it is all needed. Sometimes I use 2 cups of water and 2 cups of non-dairy milk for every cup of oats so the combination is really up to you and your taste – obviously dairy milk works fine too 😉 Use any toppings if you’d like – I use seeds, berries and goji but sliced banana, maple syrup or dessicated coconut would be delicious too.

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Coconut & Cacao Porridge

Total Time: 8 hours

serves 3

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats (I use gluten-free)
  • 4 cups coconut milk (not the tinned kind)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Optional toppings to serve such as sliced banana, dessicated cococnut, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a slow cooker and give it a quick stir.
  2. Set the slow cooker to cook for 8 hours on low, overnight (4 hours on high, 6 hours on medium).
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Rebecca x

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20 Comments

  1. 7th December 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Why have i never though to make porridge in the slow cooker? Such a clever idea and this recipe sounds delicious so will definitely be giving it a whirl! xx

    • Rebecca U
      7th December 2015 / 4:42 pm

      Its great waking up to warm, ready-to-go porridge! x

  2. 7th December 2015 / 2:55 pm

    This sounds and looks so good and healthy also.

    • Rebecca U
      7th December 2015 / 4:46 pm

      thanks, it’s yummy!

  3. 7th December 2015 / 5:46 pm

    This sounds so amazing! I’ve never thought of mixing cacao with porridge before, or using a slow cooker!! Genius! And so yummy. xx #love2blog

    • Rebecca U
      8th December 2015 / 12:30 pm

      so nice to have it ready on a morning x

  4. 7th December 2015 / 9:10 pm

    What a great idea, I’ve never thought to do this in the slow cooker. The boys always ask for porridge in the morning but there’s never any time before school!

    • Rebecca U
      8th December 2015 / 12:30 pm

      it makes it so easy overnight!

  5. 8th December 2015 / 2:40 pm

    I have never thought of making porridge in the slow cooker before! Looks and sounds delicious, I will have to make it one day. x

  6. 8th December 2015 / 9:41 pm

    I have to pass on this one. Porridge is not everybody’s cup of tea. I don’t like it myself but it looks tasty for people who do like it.

    • 9th December 2015 / 4:44 pm

      Fair enough Janine :) Thanks for stopping by x

    • 9th December 2015 / 4:44 pm

      they are fab. I use mine a lot, especially in cold weather!

  7. 9th December 2015 / 1:57 pm

    I love porridge but it does get a bit borig after a while. This looks delicious and super healthy. Even better that you cook it in the slow cooker too! :)

    • 9th December 2015 / 4:43 pm

      I agree, it can get pretty boring!! Tastes good though x

  8. 9th December 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Foolishly, I’ve never considered making porridge in the slow cooker, what a school boy error!! This looks fab x

  9. Jemma
    9th December 2015 / 8:59 pm

    This looks lovely! Perfect for a cold winter morning.

  10. 10th December 2015 / 8:52 am

    This sounds delicious! I can’t believe I never thought of doing porridge in the slow cooker. I definitely need to use mine more.

  11. 13th December 2015 / 3:54 pm

    Oh my! I got a slow cooker for Christmas last year & I only used it once!
    This is brilliant <3 I NEED TO TRY IT!
    Thanks for sharing hun
    Charlotte x
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