Slow cooker potatoes au gratin - A clean eating recipe

8:00:00 AM

Hello darlings!

Imagine being able to dig in a hot plate of baked potatoes with lots of crème and tons of melted cheese! Sounds like culinary perfection but not so healthy, right?

Wrong! The potatoes au gratin in the slow cooker I am going to show you how to make in this post are anything but unhealthy!


First off I use organically grown potatoes. They are ugly as a mug but they are pesticides free and that’s what matters!

Secondly, there is no heavy crème used in this recipe. Apart from the unnecessary calories, I’ve stopped using any kind of heavy crème that contained carrageenan. Although it is not (yet) a proven carcinogen, it has been shown to cause cancer to animals and that’s enough for me, thank you very much. I don’t go near this stuff and don’t give it to my baby too.


Instead of crème this recipe uses milk. I used organic goat milk to be exact. I know this is not everyone’s cup of tea (or milk, lol) but I swear the weird taste of goat milk is not traceable in this recipe. I supplement Natalia with this milk (she still likes breast milk best) and there is always some left at the end date and I hate to see it go to waste. It’s breast milk too in my eyes and I really have a problem throwing it away. But neither I nor Nick can stand the taste of it as is so I try to find uses for it in my recipes.


Furthermore, this recipe uses gruyere cheese and none of the heavily processed yellow cheeses available out there. Although it has lots of fat, this is a cheese made of goat and sheep milk and the one we buy is still made in the old traditional way in Crete.

 Then it’s the matter of crumbs I use. I either use left over bread I made myself in the slow cooker (I have to find time to write down this recipe) or some unsalted crumbs from the rusks we like to eat. You can use gluten free ones if you like.


Lastly, everything is done in the slow cooker! You can pop them in the oven for a quick roast to add color but you don't have to! 

Here’s the recipe which is easy as one two three:
You’ll need 800grams of potatoes
400ml of goat milk
200gr of gratted gruyere cheese
150 gr bread crumbs 
Pepper to taste



One: peel the potatoes and cut them into small cube pieces. Place them in the slow cooker and add the pepper. Add the milk. Put on high for 2 hours. Open the lid and add half the cheese and give a stir. Then place the bread crumbs on top and then the rest of the cheese. Close the lid and bake for one more hour on high.







You are done!

Easy, healthy and delicious!

Seriously, I think I discovered my new favorite comfort food!

What about you? Have you ever had potatoes in the slow cooker? What’s your favorite healthy comfort food?


Lots of love




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35 comments

  1. I adore my slow cooker but I haven't really used it for anything other than meat. This recipe is going to change that!

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  2. I need to read the labels of the things I buy more carefully. Thanks for informing me about carrageenan I didnt know about it.

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  4. I love making potatoes like this, but I hate the clean up involved afterwards. I love the idea of using the slow cooker because I can use a slow cooker liner to make for easy clean up!

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  5. Yum!!! I love potatoes and cheese is just a bonus. I'm glad it doesn't use cream and uses milk instead because I always have that on hand. Gruyere cheese will be on my grocery list next!

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  6. This sounds like a tasty side. We eat a lot of potatoes here in our house, so I am excited to try these.

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  7. You are right! Initially I thought it sounded like it would be an unhealthy dish, but I had no idea something that looks and sounds so delicious could be a healthy choice too - awesome!

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  8. Oh yes, this look SO good. I love anything with potatoes. I love when I can use my slow cooker.

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  9. Oh now this looks like an interesting recipe! I really need to look to make more with my slow cooker as it is such a useful piece of equipment.

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  10. Ooh that looks so tasty! I had no idea you could use a slow cooker to make something like that, I use mine mainly for meat!

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  11. I don't own a slow cooker and there are so many recipes out there that I want to try but can't. This is definitely one of them because I love potatoes. Maybe it's time to invest in one...

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  12. Found something for my breakfast here. I sometimes eat boiled potatoes with salt sprinkled on them. This one looks very delicious and i am gonna try it. Thanks for this. :)

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  13. Oh, these potatoes look amazing! And I'm so impressed that you found a way to make them lower calorie. I'll have to give them a try.

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  14. This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to add it to my meal plan for next week. I am always looking for healthier recipes to give my family.

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  15. This looks really good! My stomach doesn't handle dishes made with heavy creams any more so I definitely need to try these with goat cheese!

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  16. Wow - these potatoes au gratin look so scrumptious! I'm always on the lookout for great slow cooker recipes, and this is a fabulous one.

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  17. This recipe is going to make me love my slow cooker even more! I love the tweaks you made to the basic potato au gratin recipe. That sure looks delicious to me!

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  18. I opt for slow cooker, it allows the richness of the flavor. This recipe would be perfect for a post or pre-holiday food for my visitor. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  19. I love a good slow cooker meal, they're the perfect meals for when you're busy. Also great for making more and having leftovers. This recipe sounds delicious!

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  20. This looks delicious and hearty! I have never had potatoes before cooked in a slow cooker. I would love to give it a try.

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  21. This sounds delicious. This just might be added to my Thanksgiving menu I'm sure my guests will love it.

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  22. OMG... this is seriously delicious! I don't have slow cooker, but still I'd love to make potatoes au gratin.

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  23. Oh this looks so amazing! I really need to get to making this one!

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  24. I love potatoes in any form, and this recipe looks very delicious to not try. I do not have a slow cooker so I might have to try it otherwise. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  25. Looks delicious. I have a instant pot . will try this in my instant post.

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  26. I just picked up a big bag of potatoes on sale so this recipe is right on time! I had no idea what I wanted to make with them but now I know!

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  27. Such an awesome way for cooking potatoes which is completely new for me, Maro! Excellent combination of ingredients which I am inclined to try as soon as possible.

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  28. potatoes, cheese, cream, bread and without extra callories??? I love you!

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  29. I love making potatoes in different ways, they have always been something I have loved to eat. Have unfortunately not used my slow cooker in ages!

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  30. I never even knew you could make au gratin potatoes in the slow cooker! This seems like the perfect recipe for busy moms or people that work all day who don't have time to spend in the kitchen when they get home!

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  31. Wow. My mom will love this recipe. I'll definitely share this to her now. Thanks.

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  32. This LOW COOKER POTATOES AU GRATIN looks so good! I would love to try this recipe soon.

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  33. I loved the way you cooked potatoes..it's very simple I will surely try this recipe soon..

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  34. I have a slow cooker at home and I have been using it to mainly make meat dishes. I have. I have not tried to make potatoes with it yet. This recipe is a great one for me to get started. Thx.

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