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Imagine this: waking up, walking into the kitchen and having a freshly made coffee cake or still-soft granola waiting for you. It’s not only possible, it’s easy with these brilliant slow-cooker breakfast recipes. So, put away the cereal and try one this week.
For a supremely delicious (and supremely easy!) one-pot dish, tostadas are layered with chorizo, cheese and a yummy sauce in a slow cooker and set on high for 4 hours. Then the eggs are added to poach in the mixture for the last 30 minutes.
This time-saving pairing of everyone's favorite pop-and-serve biscuits and already-ready pulled pork, along with your favorite BBQ sauce and a little bit of veggies and cheese for good measure, is destined for brunch menu greatness. Throw it in the slow cooker and you're good to go!
Whether you're looking to feed a big crowd or need delicious breakfast before work, this overnight oatmeal will make mornings so much easier.
Combine layers of shredded potatoes, sausage, cheese, onions, peppers and eggs, set your slow cooker on low before bedtime and by 7:00 am, breakfast is ready. For a more elegant presentation, carefully invert the finished dish onto a platter, invert again right-side-up and cut into wedges.
These loaded sweet potatoes bake overnight in the slow cooker until they're soft and tender. In the morning, they're ready to be topped with Greek yogurt and a host of healthy fruits, nuts, and more. High in fiber and antioxidants, but low in fat and calories, it's the smart and sweet way to start your morning. Feel free to make a big batch of sweet potatoes at once. Zap the cooked potatoes in the microwave to eat them all week.
Perfect for house guests, serve it with a quick help-yourself toppings bar the next morning and you don't have to worry about who's an oatmeal purist and who likes to load it up with all the fruit, nuts and chocolate chips they can handle.
For a creamy breakfast that's savory instead of sweet, consider this easy 4-ingredient polenta that's flavored with pancetta, aka Italian bacon. Even better: top it with a yolk-oozing fried egg.
If you’re looking for something heartier as an easy breakfast, check out this dish from Julie Evink of Julie’s Eats and Treats. It’s a fun spin on the traditional egg bake, swapping in tater tots and plenty of Canadian bacon—all prepared in the slow cooker.
Bags of artisan handmade granola go for upwards of $10 in stores, so it makes money-saving sense to make your own. And this homemade Slow-Cooker Granola couldn’t be easier, says Mary Younkin, who specializes in simple, scratch cooking at her blog, Barefeet in the Kitchen. The granola is so easy and crazy-good, she made two batches in a day the first time she tried it.
There are $50 yogurt machines out there, but psst, you don’t need it, says Trish Rosenquist, author of the blog Mom on Time Out, who clues us in how to make yogurt with a slow cooker. It’s not a set-it-and-forget-it situation—there’s temperature-taking involved and some general babysitting — but it’s a low-cost way to make a huge batch of fresh yogurt, she says. And you can even customize the texture.
Just imagine waking up to the smell of this moist coffee cake from Amy Atherton of Amy’s Healthy Baking. The secret to making this work in a Crock-Pot, she says, is the addition of lemon juice, which reacts with the baking soda and turns out a taller, fluffier cake.
With all that batter-making, flipping and cleaning up, pancakes are not normally a fast weekday breakfast option. But these Crock-Pot pancakes from Crock Pot Gourmet's savvy Jennifer Draper make it possible. Her recipe makes one giant pancake, which you can serve and slice. Try it during a busy week—or as an extra-lazy Saturday brunch.
Oatmeal in a Crock-Pot is already pure genius—no more messes from boiling-over oats on the stove or microwave—and this Slow Cooker Banana Nut recipe from The Lemon Bowl's Liz Della Croce takes it up an extra notch. The past winner of TODAY’s Home Chef Challenge goes above and beyond by combining healthy oats with the flavors of our favorite quick bread. Get even more slow-cooker oatmeal inspiration here.