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5 Unusual Foods You Can Make in a Slow Cooker

A slow cooker is a lifesaver for busy families. It’s a common vessel for preparing your family’s favorites like chili and soup.

If your meals have been a bit bland or repetitive lately, you can switch them up without resorting to a new cooking style. Check out these 5 foods you may have never considered making in a slow cooker before.

A Slow Cooker with steam

5 Meals You Didn’t Know You Could Cook in a Slow Cooker

1) Triple Chocolate Brownies

A slow cooker isn’t just reserved for savory meals. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this simple triple chocolate brownie recipe. This recipe is a little ingredient-heavy, but it’s well worth the results. To start, you’ll need:

Brownies and a pitcher of milk

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar

To get started, coat your slow cooker with the cooking spray. From there, line the bottom with parchment paper and coat that with cooking spray as well.

Whisk the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and flour together in a small bowl.

Using a microwave, heat up the butter and chocolate together. Once the chocolate melts, stir in the sugar, eggs, and flour mixture.

Being careful not to overmix, you can proceed to stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips. Stir your mixture until it is moist. Pour the mixture into your slow cooker and smooth the top over.

Cover and look on the low setting for 3.5 hours. Then, cook uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from slow cooker and allow them to completely cool before cutting them.

They’ll stay fresh for up to 2 days in an airtight container, so you’ll have plenty to share or keep for yourself!

2) Loaded Baked Potato

You may be used to cooking your baked potatoes in the oven or microwave. Cooking them in the oven takes around an hour, which is often too long to wait for after a busy day. And, the microwave often produces a sub-par final product.

If you use a slow cooker to prepare your baked potatoes, you can let them cook while you’re out of the house for the day. Depending on what you put on them, these loaded baked potatoes can make a great side or a standalone meal.

If you are preparing this as a side, it is perfect to use in the TRU Dual Crock since you can do a few dishes at once!

A stack of potatoes

The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 ounces of cremini mushrooms, quartered and trimmed
  • 2/3 cup of low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable broth

To get started, wrap each potato in tin foil. Place them all in your slow cooker. Cover and cook them on low for around 8 hours. The slow cooker will make them nice and tender by the time you get home from work.

After your slow cooker works hard for 8 hours, you only have a little work left to do. In a large skillet, cook the broccoli, mushrooms, oil, salt, and pepper together for 8 minutes over medium-high heat.

Split your potatoes and scoop out their flesh into a bowl. Mix the potato flesh, yogurt, and broth. Then, scoop this concoction back into the preserved potato skins. Finish the potatoes off with your broccoli mixture.

To customize these potatoes to your taste buds, incorporate different vegetables, and add meat.

3) Hot Chocolate

Pouring Hot Chocolate into a White Cup

Do you love hot chocolate but hate preparing it using the individual powder packets? Check out this winter beverage you can make in the slow cooker.

The ingredients are pretty simple. You’ll need:

  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 395 grams sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups thickened cream

Place all of these ingredients into your slow cooker and mix them with a whisk. Cook on low for 2 hours, occasionally stirring to prevent the chocolate chips from sticking to the bottom. Once the 2 hours are up, grab a ladle and dish out cups to your whole family!

4) Bread

There’s no doubt that a slow cooker makes your culinary life easier, but this recipe takes the cake.

If you’re a fan of homemade bread, you’ll love this slow cooker recipe. There’s no arduous labor involved, so you can say goodbye to the days of kneading and rolling your dough.

To start, gather these ingredients:

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp granulated yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 6 1/2 cups plain flour

Round Loaf of Bread

Then, place the salt, water, and yeast into a large bowl. Whisk these ingredients together. Add in the flour and stir thoroughly. Cover the bowl with Saran wrap and allow the mixture to rise for 2 hours.

At the end of the 2 hours, sprinkle some flour over the risen dough. Take your dough and lay it on a sheet of baking paper. Shape your dough until you’ve achieved a desirable shape. Lower your sheet of baking paper into the slow cooker and set it to cook for 2 hours.

This next step is optional, but it can amplify the bread’s taste and texture. Remove it the loaf from your slow cooker and place it in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes. This final step will allow the top portion to brown.

Allow the loaf to cool. Slice it and serve as part of sandwiches, with jam, or on its own!

5) Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

A cup of Oat Meal

Make a simple and tasty breakfast with this old-fashioned oatmeal slow cooker recipe. Gather these ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Combine the water and oats into your slow cooker. Mix them and set your slow cooker to low. Allow it to sit like this for 8 hours without sitting. This is the perfect time to go to sleep and let your slow cooker work its magic.

In the morning, you can simply finish off this recipe by stirring in the brown sugar and cream. At this point, set the slow cooker on warm, so you don’t overcook your oatmeal.

Revolutionize How You Use Your Slow Cooker

Whether you want to steer clear of lackluster stovetop oatmeal or opt for an innovative way to prepare your favorite dessert, a slow cooker can do it all. Tap into your slow cooker’s potential with these 5 recipes, and don’t be afraid to give each of them your own twist! SlowCookerSite.com has everything you need from traditional cooking to the crazy and adventurous recipes, so go check them out!