13 Slow Cooker Recipes for a Stress-Free Breakfast

13 Slow Cooker Recipes for a Stress-Free Breakfast

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Kelli Foster
Jun 23, 2018
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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 13 recipes will show you all the best ways to use your slow cooker for breakfast.

1. How To Make Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker: The Simplest, Easiest Method

Not only does this overnight cook save you some time in the morning, but oatmeal from the slow cooker is also incredibly luxurious. In the morning finish it off with a splash of cream and your favorite toppings.

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2. How To Make 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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3. How To Make 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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4. How To Make Bread in the Slow Cooker

Nothing quite hits that craving for toast like a loaf of freshly baked bread. The slow cooker comes to the rescue to get the job done when it's too hot to fire up the oven.

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5. How To Make a 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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6. How To Make 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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7. How To Make Crunchy Granola in the Slow Cooker

Leave the lid of the slow cooker slightly ajar as the granola cooks and the oats, nuts, and seeds will all take on a crunchy texture.

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8. 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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9. 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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10. How To Make 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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11. Slow Cooker Ratatouille

Do not let the season go by without getting ratatouille in your breakfast rotation at least once. You already know this summer veggie stew as a topping for pasta and grains, but slide an egg on top and breakfast is served.

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12. 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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13. How to Make Fruit Sauce in the Slow Cooker

It doesn't have to be summer to make this sweet sauce — just reach for frozen berries or stone fruit when they aren't in season. Enjoy this sauce spooned over waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, and yogurt in the morning and save the rest for the evening's dessert over vanilla ice cream.

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