Mid-Winter Spiced Porridge for a Crowd

(from kylerhea’s recipe box)

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Source: Slow Cooker from Scratch

Serves 8 people

Categories: April2013, Breakfast, Crockpot, Oatmeal, Slow cooker, Whole Grains


  • 2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped apricots
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped figs or raisins
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 orange
  • Toppings: chopped roasted nuts, jam, fresh fruit, more dried fruit, milk, yogurt, leftover eggnog


  1. Combine everything except the orange zest and toppings in the bowl of a 3-quart or larger slow-cooker. Set the cooker on its lowest cook setting (“LOW” or 8-10 hours), and leave overnight.

  2. If you happen to get up in the night, give the porridge a stir as you pass by. If not, no worries.

  3. In the morning, break up the thin film that forms over the top of the porridge and stir it in. Scrape the sides and bottom. Stir in the orange zest.

  4. Serve with toppings. Leftover porridge will keep refrigerated for at least a week. Reheat with a little milk or water to make creamy again.

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