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. If you don’t have a slow cooker then you can buy from Kitchen Ultimate website after reading detailed reviews of various cookers.
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.