Helen Best-Shaw’s Crockpot Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal

We hope this Perfect Porridge recipe from Helen Best-Shaw inspires you to throw your own Porridge Party to help us feed more hungry children in school. 

Helen Best-Shaw

"This creamy spiced oatmeal recipe gently cooks in the slow cooker in a jar.  Ready when you are in the morning to grab and go!"


2/3 cup oatmeal - I use a mix of pinhead and rolled oats

2/3 cup milk

2 tsp raisins

2 tsp dried apricots (chopped)

1 carrot (grated)

1 mixed spice - ground

Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food writer and blogger at Fuss Free Flavours.

​The first couple of times you make this you are going to have to check how your slow cooker behaves, mine is a 160-190 Watt model and holds a steady temperature of just over 60C on the warm setting, others will be hotter or cooler. If yours runs hotter then try filling it with cold water and add a little more milk to the porridge. If your slow cooker is cooler then use the low mode and experiment with starting with cold water rather than hot. With just a little experimentation you will find the perfect setting for your porridge. This recipe makes two jars of porridge.


  1. Add 1/3 cup oat mix and 1/3 cup of milk to each jar, top up with a half cup of water.      
  2. Add the carrot, dried fruit and spice, stir well then firmly screw the lids on.
  3. Cook overnight for about 10 hours in the slow cooker or crockpot set to low. Make sure that the lids of the jars are above the water level in the pot.

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