Slow cooker desserts for New Year's Eve: easy, healthy and yummy

There’s no need to stick to savoury recipes – slow cooker desserts are a thing too. And these are our favourites to cook when we're feeling lazy

Slow cooker desserts - baked apples
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Did you know that you could cook slow cooker desserts? Yes, these clever little appliances can be just as useful when you want to treat yourself to a homemade dessert as they can when you want to make soup. Proof? Just check out these three great recipes below.

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1. Slow cooked apple sponge

If you haven’t tried slow cook desserts yet, cooking a cake in your slow cooker before is a great place to start. Sprinkled with icing sugar and set on a decorative serving plate, this makes a great centrepiece for a teatime table setting.

Slow cooker desserts - apple cake

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You will need: 

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 100g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 300g apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm cubes
  • Icing sugar, to decorate


1. Whisk sugar, flour, butter, eggs and baking powder in a bowl.

2. Grease the pot of the slow cooker with butter and put half of the mixture into the pot.

3. Add the apples and cover with the remaining mixture.

4. Cover and cook on high for around one and a half to two hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

5. Remove the slow cooker pot, allow to cool, then run a knife around the cake before turning out.

6. Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.

2. Slow cooked sugar-free stuffed baked apples with dried fruit and nuts

There’s no sugar added to this recipe: it relies on the natural sweetness of the apples and dried fruit, but we promise you’ll love the taste. If you want a treat, though, use a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the warm apples.

Slow cooker desserts - baked apples

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You will need:

  • 4 apples
  • Dried fruit and nuts to taste, for example dried cranberries, raisins, walnuts and pecans
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


1. In a bowl, mix together dried fruit and nuts, and stir in the cinnamon.

2. Slice the top off each of the apples, and set aside. Scoop out the core – a melon baller is ideal here.

3. Stuff mixture into the apples and put the top back on each. Place the stuffed apples in the slow cooker.

4. Cook on high for about two hours, or low for around five hours, until the apples are tender.

3. Slow cooked vegan coconut rice pudding with raspberry sauce

Raspberry sauce is delicious with this dairy-free dessert, but if you want to make things even simpler, just add a few of your favourite fruits to the pudding instead.

Vegan coconut rice pudding made in a slow cooker

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You will need:

  • 15g vegan butter
  • 100g pudding rice
  • 750ml coconut milk
  • 25g caster sugar
  • Sprig of mint, to decorate
  • For the raspberry sauce: 250g raspberries, plus extra to decorate, and 2 tbsp icing sugar


1. Grease the inside of slow cooker pot with vegan butter.

2. Add the rice, coconut milk and sugar, and stir.

3. Cover and cook on low for three to four hours, until the rice is tender.

4. Make the raspberry sauce. Place raspberries, icing sugar and 50ml of water in a food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth.

5. Spoon the raspberry sauce into bowls, and top with rice pudding. Sprinkle with whole raspberries and add a sprig of mint.