Saturday, 22 March 2014

Slow Cooker Overnight Porridge


Who said having children is easy? One was tough, two was harder, now three is near impossible! Our newest addition to the family is now three months old. Little baby Edward is a cracker, but family life is a mix of joy, fun and screaming panic (that's me doing the screaming). Of course me and Mr Mean are truly blessed to have our three beautiful children and wouldn't give them up for the world, but daily life has got to get a little bit easier than this?

Weekday mornings are tough. Getting three kids out of the house by 8.15am is like a military manoeuvre. Our eldest son usually gets his own breakfast in the morning. So when I came downstairs the other morning and found him with a mountain of Cheerios in his bowl - enough to feed two adults - I knew it was time for a change!  

I know my son is getting really hungry now and needs fuel to fill him up. Cheerios just aren't doing the job and I'd prefer for him to have something with less salt and sugar that will keep him going. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I just need something that is super quick to prepare in the morning and something everyone likes.

Porridge is great but can take a little while to get ready, so the slow cooker seems like the perfect option to have instant hot breakfast in the morning! What could be better? And everyone can add their own toppings too. Sorted! Happy mum and happy kids! And it's a whole lot cheaper than a box of Cheerios. 


Slow Cooker Overnight Porridge

Serves 6-8
185g (7oz) porridge oats
20g (3/4oz) light brown sugar
Half teaspoon pouring salt
400ml (3/4 pint)whole milk
1.7 litres (3 pints) water

    1. Grease the pot of the slow cooker with some butter.

    2. Add all the ingredients and give a good stir.

    3. Cook on the low setting for 7-8 hours.

    4. Serve with banana, honey, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, fresh berries, yoghurt, Nutella - whatever you feel like! Or you could just have it naked!


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