14 Slow Cooker Breakfast Recipes That Won’t Stress You Out

updated Jul 3, 2023
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I used to think the greatest thing about my slow cooker was the way it tackled dinner on super-busy weeknights, but then I learned that it does something even better: breakfast. With the same amount of ease and low effort, the slow cooker works through the night to deliver a warm breakfast when you wake up. Better yet, there’s likely to be enough to last for the whole week ahead.

Whether you reach for toast and jam, crunchy granola, or tender egg casseroles, these recipes will show you all the best ways to use your slow cooker for breakfast.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Recipes That Won’t Stress You Out

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
This slow cooker pumpkin French toast casserole is topped with a nutty brown sugar streusel and perfect for feeding a crowd.
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Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker: The Simplest, Easiest Method
Think slow cooker oats are just for utility? Think again. These are the ultimate rich and creamy oats that you'll want to savor.
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Slow Cooker Breakfast Burrito Bowls

This recipe is proof that good things happen with a little upfront prep. Get the slow cooker going after dinner, and wake up to a hearty breakfast that just asks for a fried egg.

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Any Fruit Butter in the Slow Cooker

If your ideal breakfast is grabbing a couple slices of toast, this is the luscious fruit spread you’re going to want by your side. Start with your favorite fresh fruit, and while you sleep the slow cooker works its magic.

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Bread in the Slow Cooker
You don't have to turn on the oven this summer to get your fresh bread fix — just plug in your Crock-Pot.
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Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole in the Slow Cooker

Slow cooker breakfast casseroles are culinary superheroes; they work through the night to save the day. This version treats you to a totally satisfying breakfast, inspired by a classic sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich.

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Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole Kits

These breakfast casserole kits show you how to get a serious jump on the morning. The prepped ingredients go straight from the freezer to the slow cooker. Add eggs and you’ve got breakfast.

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Granola in the Slow Cooker
We have a simple trick that will help you cook up a big batch of crunchy granola in the slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Honey & Fruit

Want to wake up to a wholesome breakfast? This steel-cut oat and quinoa combo is for you. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it recipe that cooks throughout the night, so all you have to do is spoon it into a bowl and top with crunchy nuts in the morning.

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Slow Cooker Ginger Chicken Congee

Set the slow cooker on low and this supremely comforting breakfast does its thing while you sleep.

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Grits in the Slow Cooker

A bowl of slow-cooked grits is a dream to wake up to, and this Southern staple is extremely well-suited to being made in the slow cooker. Grits don’t require much tending — just low, slow cooking all night long. Top your bowl with a pat of butter, a fried egg, or even some leftover grilled veggies.

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Easy Slow-Cooker Ratatouille
Ratatouille, the classic French vegetable stew, is a perfect candidate for this hands-off cooking method.
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Slow-Cooker Maple-Glazed Squash

Winter squash may not seem like your typical breakfast choice but when it’s slow-cooked with maple sugar and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s transformed into an incredible accompaniment to your usual yogurt and granola.

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Summer Fruit Sauce in the Slow Cooker
This recipe will show you how to turn your haul of overripe summer fruit into a beautiful summer sauce, perfect for ice cream and eating by the spoonful.
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