Warm and comforting slow cooker breakfasts can give you the fuel you need to power through chilly mornings.
Slow cookers are a classic kitchen appliance that can help you create flavorful batches of meals when you're short on time: You prep your ingredients, toss them in and let your food cook low and slow. But the timesaving appliance can make more than just soups and stews — it can make a great breakfast too.
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If you've never thought about using the Crock-Pot to make an a.m. meal, let one (or all) of these delicious slow cooker breakfast recipes inspire you.
1. Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats With Apple and Cranberries
These Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats With Apple and Cranberries taste like fall in a bowl thanks to seasonal flavors like apples, fresh cranberries, maple syrup and spices like cinnamon and cardamom.
It's the perfect slow cooker breakfast recipe to make in a big batch. You can keep leftover oats in the fridge and then add a splash of your favorite milk or water when you reheat them.
Get the Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats With Apple and Cranberries recipe and nutrition info at A Beautiful Plate.
2. Slow Cooker Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oats
Start your day with a sweet treat with this Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oats recipe. When you don't have time to stand at the stove stirring oatmeal in the morning, this recipe is a great go-to.
Simply combine good-for-you ingredients like flax seeds, chia seed, almond butter and tart cherries in your slow cooker before bed and wake up to a warm and filling breakfast. You can store any leftover oats in mason jars and have breakfast ready to go for the rest of the week!
Get the Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oats recipe and nutrition info at Love & Zest.
3. Sweet Potato and Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Casseroles aren't just for the oven — this Sweet Potato and Sausage Breakfast Casserole can be made in your slow cooker, and combines some savory breakfast staples.
But this version gives you a morning helping of nutrients thanks to the sweet potatoes and other veggies. Plus, it's high in protein.
Get the Sweet Potato and Sausage Breakfast Casserole recipe and nutrition info here.
4. Crock-Pot Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole
You can't go wrong with classic cinnamon rolls, but this Crock-Pot Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole might win you over.
There's very little prep involved thanks to the use of refrigerated cinnamon rolls, but the end result is big on flavor with the addition of chopped apples and sweet egg custard with maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon.
Get the Crock-Pot Apple Cinnamon Roll Casserole recipe and nutrition info at Amanda's Easy Recipes.
5. Cauliflower Hash Browns Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
This Cauliflower Hash Browns Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole is low-carb, gluten-free and high in protein. A dish that would normally take almost an hour in the oven is instead ready once you wake up after you let all of the ingredients cook overnight.
You'll wake up to a delicious casserole filled with breakfast favorites like sausage and eggs. You can also customize the casserole by using bacon, ham or your favorite plant-based meat substitute.
Get the Cauliflower Hash Browns Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole recipe and nutrition info at Cupcakes & Kale Chips.
6. Slow Cooker Eggnog Granola
When eggnog season hits, this slow cooker eggnog granola makes for a festive addition to your favorite yogurt or a tasty snack. And you can make it with good-for-you ingredients that you probably already have stocked up in your pantry like oats, nuts and flaxseed.
Top those ingredients off with warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and add your favorite dairy or non-dairy eggnog and let your slow cooker do the rest.
Get the Slow Cooker Eggnog Granola recipe and nutrition info at Cupcakes & Kale Chips.
7. Crock-Pot Crustless Spinach and Feta Quiche
If making quiche sounds intimidating, give this crustless spinach and feta version a try. It uses just four main ingredients: frozen chopped spinach, feta, eggs and whichever milk you prefer. And the best part is that you can make this recipe again and again using leftover vegetables and meats like chicken, ham, sausage or even steak if you choose.
Get the Crock-Pot Crustless Spinach and Feta Quiche recipe and nutrition info at Crock-Pot Ladies.
8. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake
Who doesn't love a good slice of coffee cake? This pumpkin streusel coffee cake is full of seasonal spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup and pairs perfectly with your morning coffee or tea. You can also make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free oats and dairy-free, egg-free and vegan with a few small substitutions.
Get the Slow Cooker Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake recipe and nutrition info at Amy's Healthy Baking.
9. Crock-Pot Blueberry Breakfast Casserole
This recipe is like blueberry pie, but better. French bread and fresh or frozen blueberries are combined with eggs, warm cinnamon and maple syrup for yummy breakfast or snack. It's a rich dish but is also high in protein, potassium and fiber.
Get the Crock-Pot Blueberry Breakfast Casserole recipe and nutrition info at Crock-Pot Ladies.
10. Slow Cooker Gingerbread Apple Crumble
Fruit and granola are a classic breakfast option and this slow cooker gingerbread apple crumble puts a seasonal spin on a classic with ingredients like molasses, cinnamon and maple syrup. You'll feel like you're eating apple pie every time.
The recipe can also be made gluten-free and vegan by using gluten-free oats and vegan butter or coconut oil.
Get the Slow Cooker Gingerbread Apple Crumble recipe and nutrition info at Amy's Healthy Baking.
11. Crock-Pot Biscuit Breakfast Casserole
This casserole brings together all of the breakfast foods that you already love: biscuits, eggs, cheese and bacon. Enjoy them in a new way by layering them all together in your slow cooker and letting it cook for a few hours. The end result is a hearty breakfast that's high in protein and full of comforting flavors.
Get the Crock-Pot Biscuit Breakfast Casserole recipe and nutrition info at Crock-Pot Ladies.
12. Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns
These slow cooker sticky pecan buns taste just as decadent as traditional sticky buns and the buttery caramel sauce will make you excited to have these for breakfast. They can even be made vegan by using your favorite non-dairy milk and vegan butter or coconut oil.
Get the Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns recipe and nutrition info at Amy's Healthy Baking.
13. Crock-Pot Hash
Hash is always a good idea for breakfast and this Crock-Pot recipe has a creamy layer, with the addition of canned cream of potato soup.
Meat lovers can add breakfast sausage, ham or bacon (or as many meats as you'd like). And you can toss in more vegetables for extra nutrition or leave the meat out if you're vegetarian.
Get the Crock-Pot Hash recipe and nutrition info at Crock-Pot Ladies.
14. 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Granola
Crisp brown rice cereal is the secret ingredient to making this five-ingredient slow cooker granola as crunchy as traditional versions. Honey adds a bit of sweetness and egg whites give the granola some protein. You can make it vegan by swapping out egg whites with non-dairy milk and using maple syrup or agave instead of honey.
Get the 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Granola recipe and nutrition info at Amy's Healthy Baking.
15. Crock-Pot Fully Loaded Breakfast Casserole
This loaded Crock-Pot breakfast casserole is full of a.m. staples like potatoes, bacon, cheese and eggs. The good news is that you can load up the dish with lighter ingredients like turkey bacon, vegetables and egg whites if you want. You can also make this vegetarian by nixing the meat or using a plant-based meat substitute.
Get the Crock-Pot Fully Loaded Breakfast Casserole recipe and nutrition info at Crock-Pot Ladies.