10 slow-cooker breakfasts you'll dream about all night

by Kristin Donnelly /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY Contributor

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Whether you're hosting a brunch crowd or just feeding yourself in the morning, breakfast has never been so easy. Set the slow cooker overnight, and when you wake up, guess what? The work is done for you.

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1. Slow-Cooker Semi-Homemade Caramel Rolls

Semi-Homemade Slow-Cooker Caramel Rolls
Table For Seven / ourtableforseven.com

Sticky-sweet caramel rolls that are absolutely perfect with your morning coffee—and the fact that you can throw them together in 5 minutes flat? Yes, please.

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2. Slow-Cooker Nutella French Toast with Caramelized Banana

Slow-Cooker Nutella French Toast with Caramelized Banana
I Can Cook That / icancookthat.org

The best-ever crêpe fillings (Nutella and bananas, duh) get spooned over this decadent bread-pudding-like breakfast.

3. Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole
Cincy Shopper / cincyshopper.com

Luscious layers of hash browns, bacon, cheese and gently cooked eggs make this casserole into a mash-up of a crust-less quiche and your favorite diner breakfast.

4. Slow-Cooker Egg, Spinach and Ham Casserole

Slow-Cooker Egg, Spinach and Ham Casserole
365 Days of Crockpot / 365daysofcrockpot.com

One of our favorite instant breakfasts—Greek yogurt—gives the eggs in this casserole a sublimely custardy texture.

5. Overnight Slow-Cooker Oatmeal Cinnamon-Apple

Overnight Slow-Cooker Oatmeal Cinnamon-Apple
The Fitchen / thefitchen.com

Apple pie for breakfast? Kind of, but this oatmeal is much healthier, and way lower-maintenance.

6. Slow-Cooker Creamy Steel-Cut Oats

Slow-Cooker Creamy Steel-Cut Oats
Fit Foodie Finds / fitfoodiefinds.com

Oatmeal gets a tropical makeover with rich, full-fat (and, of course, dairy-free) coconut milk.

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7. Slow-Cooker Breakfast Quinoa

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Quinoa
My Whole Food Life / mywholefoodlife.com

This date-sweetened porridge topped with pumpkin seeds is so protein-and-fiber packed, it's the breakfast of champions—make that superheroes.

8. Crock-Pot Pumpkin Butter

Crock-Pot Pumpkin Butter
Practical Stewardship / practical-stewardship.com

All you need are a few pantry ingredients to pull off this homemade pumpkin butter; it's perfect for swirling into yogurt or spreading on toast.

9. Slow-Cooker Black Bread

Slow-Cooker Black Bread
Kleinworth Co. / kleinworthco.com

Coffee and cocoa give these sweet, puffy rolls their signature color. They're excellent with your favorite butter or homemade jam.

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10. Slow-Cooker Yogurt

Slow-Cooker Yogurt
Pass the Knife / passtheknife.com

Who needs a yogurt-maker when you've got a slow-cooker? This recipe is so easy, even a preschooler can make it.

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This article was originally published on March 14, 2014.

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