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8 Best Slow Cooker Breakfasts To Start Your Day

Put your slow cooker to good use in the morning. Whether you're feeding an early-morning crowd, need a break from cooking during the holidays, trying to get the kids out the door, or just want to sleep in, breakfast has never been easier. Set it, forget it, and wake up to breakfast!

Though we often think of slow cookers for heartier, cold-weather meals, like chili and stew, it's perfect for cooking a tasty and fresh breakfast overnight. All you need to do in the morning is get out of bed and grab a fork or spoon.

1. Overnight Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Packed with eggs, hash browns, cheese, and sausage, this savory breakfast dish can be started before you go to sleep and is ready when you wake in the morning. Feel free to swap out the basil for any fresh herbs you have on hand, or sauté some bulk sausage in place of the links.

2. Slow Cooker Oats

If you find you are always in a rush in the morning, whether it's getting ready for school or work, start your day right with a hearty and healthy breakfast. Steel cut oats are slowly simmered with apples, raisins, and spices in this warming porridge. Make sure to use steel cut oats for the best texture and flavor.

3. Mal's Maple Date Pecan Granola in the Slow Cooker

We often think of making warm, creamy oatmeal in our slow cookers, but you can also take those oats and make crunchy granola. Preparing granola in a slow cooker is ideal, as there is less likely chance of it burning in the oven. This lightly spiced granola is sweetened with applesauce, maple syrup, and brown sugar.

4. Kefir Yogurt (Sana)

Did you know that you can make your own homemade yogurt in a slow cooker? This version, using kefir, has more cultures and probiotics (bacteria that keeps your gut healthy) than regular yogurt. You can even prepare your own slow cooker jam to mix into your kefir yogurt.

5. Amazing Slow Cooker French Toast

Whether you call it bread pudding of French toast, this recipe is sure to get you the highest praises. The trick is to use cinnamon-raisin bread, which adds a ton of sweet flavor. This is a great recipe to serve for brunch – let it cook while you're welcoming your guests.

6. Slow Cooker Applesauce

Whether you're topping your oatmeal, spooning it over pancakes, or just eating it by the spoonful, applesauce is a great breakfast condiment. Use your favorite variety of seasonal apples for this dish. For even more flavor, swap out half of the apples for pears or play around with different spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, or nutmeg.

7. Slow Cooker Vanilla Tapioca Pudding

We often think of tapioca pudding as dessert, but it's actually perfect for breakfast. Made with eggs, milk, and grains, it's packed with both protein and carbs (and a touch of sugar!). Top it with fresh fruit or your favorite slow cooker jam.

8. Hash Brown Casserole for the Slow Cooker

Simple to prepare, and always a crowd pleaser, serve hash brown casserole as a side dish alongside bacon and eggs. This dish travels well and is prefect to bring along if you've been invited over for brunch.

Hungry for More? Learn how to buy the best slow cooker, and then prepare some make-ahead freezer meals or cozy up for some comfort foods, all in your slow cooker. And, please check out all things Brunchworthy.


About Jackie Freeman

Recipe developer, food stylist, culinary tinkerer and mama of two kitchen monkeys. When I'm not cooking (or cleaning up after cooking), I'm outside running, skiing, gardening, and dodging Nerf bullets. Follow me on Instagram: @chefjackief.