Six-Grain Slow Cooker Porridge


Not only is this comforting porridge tasty, it also provides about 10 percent of your daily fiber needs. Store any leftovers in the fridge and warm the next morning for a quick breakfast.

Six-Grain Slow Cooker Porridge
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
15 mins
Slow Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins


  • 5 cup water

  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit, coarsely snipped, and/or dried cranberries, dried tart cherries, and/or raisins (about 7 ounces)

  • ¼ cup chopped crystallized ginger

  • 3 tablespoon steel-cut oats

  • 3 tablespoon cracked wheat

  • 3 tablespoon regular brown rice

  • 2 tablespoon regular barley

  • 2 tablespoon millet or regular brown rice

  • 2 tablespoon yellow cornmeal

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup chopped pecans, toasted*

  • Fat-free milk

  • Turbinado sugar, maple syrup, and/or shredded coconut (optional)


  1. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine the water, dried fruit, ginger, oats, cracked wheat, uncooked brown rice, barley, millet, cornmeal, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours. Stir before serving. If too thick, stir in a bit of boiling water.

  3. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons pecans, some milk, and, if desired, turbinado sugar.


To toast nuts, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until a light brown, shaking once or twice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
11g Fat
51g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 175mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 181.7mg 14%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 502mg 11%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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