Eight Slow Cooker Breakfast Recipes for a Lazy Morning

From breakfast burritos to French toast, set up your slow cooker before bed and wake up to a freshly made breakfast.

Whether you’re rushing out the door in the morning or you’re hosting brunch for your friends, finding the time to make breakfast can be a challenge. Slow cookers, however, are a great solution to this problem. With many of these slow cooker breakfast recipes, you can simply prepare all of your ingredients before you go to bed and leave the crock pot on overnight. When you wake up, breakfast will be waiting for you.

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1. Slow Cooked Quinoa Porridge with Apple and Cinnamon
via The Healthy Mummy

Instead of oats, this porridge recipe uses quinoa for added protein. Keep an eye on the quinoa when you first turn the slow cooker on—temperatures can vary among slow cookers and you want to be sure the quinoa doesn’t burn. If it’s absorbing liquid quickly, add water or milk in half cup increments.

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2. Slow Cooker Breakfast Stuffed Peppers
via Slow Cooker Gourmet

These stuffed peppers are filled with eggs, sausage, and green chiles for a hearty breakfast. Make sure that the peppers are able to stand without falling over—you may need to add more peppers or take some out depending on how large or small your slow cooker is.

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3. Crock Pot Yogurt
via Bless This Mess 

You only need two ingredients to make this yogurt: whole milk, and a small amount of store-bought yogurt to ensure you have active cultures in your homemade yogurt. Once the yogurt is done cooking in the crock pot, let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours to thicken.

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4. Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple French Toast
via Dizzy, Busy, and Hungry

This French toast recipe calls for French bread and white sugar. However, you can swap these ingredients for whole grain or whole wheat bread and maple syrup if you prefer a lighter version. You can also try using fresh or frozen cranberries instead of dry ones.

5. Slow Cooker Breakfast Hash
via Taste of Home

Potatoes, carrots, and breakfast sausage come together to make this hash. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you can try swapping the breakfast sausage for meatless sausage, or swap it for more vegetables, like sweet potatoes or Brussels sprouts.

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6. Slow Cooker Blueberry Oatmeal
via Delish

If you prefer a big bowl of oats in the morning, this is a good recipe to try, as it can be easily modified to fit your taste. You can use whatever milk or fruit you like—including non-dairy milk and fresh or frozen fruit. Top the oats with coconut, nuts, or chia seeds.

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7. Crockpot Breakfast Casserole 
via The Girl on Bloor

All the traditional savory breakfast ingredients come together in this dish: hash browns, bacon, eggs, peppers, and onions. If you’re running out the door in the morning with no time to eat, this dish is a great option to store and bring with you to work.

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8. Slow Cooker Breakfast Burritos
via Pretty Providence

Use your slow cooker to make the filling for these breakfast burritos. Once you have the filling, you can add avocado, salsa, chopped onions, sour cream, and more to the burrito. Try warming up the tortilla before rolling the burrito to make it easier to roll, with less breakage.