By Jackie Freeman
September 09, 2017

If you only use your slow cooker for chili and stew, you're missing out on an easy overnight breakfast solution. Here's how to put your slow cooker to work, whether you're feeding an early-morning crowd, need a break from cooking during the holidays, or trying to get the kids out the door. You just set it, forget it, and wake up to breakfast.

Packed with eggs, hash browns, cheese, and sausage, this easy crockpot breakfast casserole can be started before you go to sleep and is ready when you wake in the morning. Feel free to swap out the basil for any fresh herbs you have on hand, or sauté some bulk sausage in place of the links.


Want more ideas for breakfast casseroles in the slow cooker? Try Hash Brown Casserole for the Slow Cooker, Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole, and Breakfast Casserole in the Slow Cooker. Or if omelets are more to your liking, try the Slow Cooker Western Omelet.

If you find you are always in a rush in the morning, you'll appreciate how your slow cooker helps you start your day right with a hearty and healthy breakfast. Steel cut oats are slowly simmered with apples, raisins, and spices in this warming porridge. Make sure to use steel cut oats for the best texture and flavor.


Not quite full? Slow Cooker Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats and Slow Cooker Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats are perfect for fall mornings.

In addition to making warm, creamy oatmeal in our slow cookers, you can also turn those oats into crunchy granola. Preparing granola in a slow cooker is ideal, as there is less likely chance of it burning in the oven. This lightly spiced granola is sweetened with applesauce, maple syrup, and brown sugar.


Did you know that you can make your own homemade yogurt in a slow cooker? This version, using kefir, has more cultures and probiotics (bacteria that keeps your gut healthy) than regular yogurt. You can even prepare your own slow cooker jam to mix into your kefir yogurt.


Whether you call it bread pudding or French toast, this recipe is sure to get you the highest praises. The trick is to use cinnamon-raisin bread, which adds a ton of sweet flavor. This is a great recipe to serve for brunch – it cooks itself while you're welcoming your guests.


If you can't get enough, try out Bread Pudding in the Slow Cooker.

Whether you're topping your oatmeal, spooning it over pancakes, or just eating it by the spoonful, applesauce is a great breakfast condiment. Use your favorite variety of seasonal apples for this dish. For even more flavor, swap out half of the apples for pears or play around with different spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, or nutmeg.

Have a little extra time? Try this long-cooking All Day Apple Butter.

We think of tapioca pudding as dessert, but it's actually perfect for breakfast. Made with eggs, milk, and grains, it's packed with both protein and carbs (and a touch of sugar!). Top it with fresh fruit or your favorite slow cooker jam.


Simple to prepare, and always a crowd pleaser, serve hash brown casserole as a side dish alongside bacon and eggs. This dish travels well and is prefect to bring along if you've been invited over for brunch.


Learn how to buy the best slow cooker, and then prepare some make-ahead freezer meals or cozy up for some comfort foods, all in your slow cooker. And, please check out all things Brunchworthy.