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21 Surprising Things You Can Make In A Slow Cooker

No shade on chili and pulled pork, but slow cookers can make way more than that.

Chris Ritter

1. Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Steel-cut oats make the mother of all oatmeals, but they take way longer to cook than the rolled kind. A slow cooker means you can let them do their thing overnight and have breakfast ready to go in the morning. Recipe here.

2. Pear-Ginger Applesauce

Get the recipe here.

3. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Get the recipe here.

4. Apple Butter

Slow-cooking is a good way to get intense appley flavor. Makes a cute gift! Recipe here.

5. Make-Ahead Apple Pie Oatmeal

Any kind of breakfast with "pie" in the name seems like a good thing. Recipe here.

6. Apple Butter Yeast Rolls

A slow cooker is a handy set-it-and-forget-it way to make bread when you're busy with other stuff. Recipe here.

7. Bacon Jam


8. Black Bean Enchiladas

Get the recipe here.

9. Pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

This takes some assembly work, but it's the BEST kind of soup to warm you up in the winter. Recipe here.

10. Sausage Lasagna

You can layer the whole thing right into the slow cooker. Recipe here.

11. French Onion Soup

CHEESE. Recipe here.

12. Chicken Stock

Making stock in a slow cooker is brilliant: You can let it simmer low and slooow unattended, which is how stock becomes delicious, without worrying about setting your house on fire. Recipe here.

13. Loaded Baked Potatoes

Let your taters bake while you're at work. Recipe here.

14. Mac & Cheese

Get the recipe here.

15. Chocolate And Nutella Bread Pudding

Important. Recipe here.

16. Caramel Apple Crumble

Get the recipe here.

17. Chocolate Fondue

This is a smartypants way to melt chocolate and keep it warm whilst dipping without having it burn or freak out and get weird. Recipe here.

18. Poached Pears In Caramel Sauce

Easy, terror-free caramel (with ginger fo extra excitement) is something we can all get behind. Get the recipe here.

19. Triple Chocolate Brownies

Oven, schmoven. Get the recipe here.

20. Peach Cobbler

Get the recipe here.

21. Brownie Pudding Cake

For the semi-homemade enthusiasts out there: cake mix + instant pudding = love in a jar. Get the recipe here.