Eating a balanced, filling breakfast is one of the best ways to start your day. It can help you avoid overeating later, boost energy and even lose weight. But when you’re trying to get yourself and kids packed, ready and out the door, preparing a healthy breakfast might take the backseat — so everyone ends up skipping breakfast. Luckily, crockpot breakfasts are becoming all the rage.
That’s right: If you’ve shelved your crockpot for winter- or dinner-only use, it’s time to dust it off. Making breakfast in the crockpot ensures a nutritious meal any day of the week with minimal involvement. And did I mention they’re delicious?
Try some of my favorite crockpot breakfast recipes and kick off your day on the right foot.
19 Crockpot Breakfast Recipes
If you think of an apple crumble as a dessert, this recipe will change your mind. Packed with granola, fresh apples and cinnamon, a spice loaded with benefits, it’s got all the ingredients for a delicious morning.
Wake up to a hearty, fiber-rich crockpot breakfast that’s got a ton of staying power with this delicious recipe. Heart-healthy coconut milk, omega-3 packed flaxseed and energy-boosting bananas cook overnight so you can wake up to a meal that’ll keep you full through the morning. This is a great recipe to use overripe bananas for; save the banana bread for another time.
Say goodbye to boring old oatmeal and hello to this flavorful version that cooks overnight. It’s vegan-, gluten- and soy-free and sneaks some veggies into breakfast. Skip the brown sugar and sweeten this one up with nutritious maple syrup. Don’t forget to top with your favorite nuts before chowing down!
This sweet breakfast is perfect for a weekend brunch or when you want a slightly more indulgent breakfast. Use a fresh loaf of French (or go healthier and select a sprouted variety like Ezekiel bread) bread and combine it with the six other ingredients in the crockpot — you probably have them all in your kitchen already!
Skip the brown sugar and opt for coconut sugar instead (feel free to use less, too). Let the mix soak overnight in the fridge and, in the morning, crank up the heat. It’s the easiest French toast you’ll ever make and sure to impress guests and little ones.
Get a dose of protein and incorporate quinoa nutrition into your morning. This naturally sweet crockpot breakfast is so simple to make and uses some ingredients you likely have on hand, like honey, shredded coconut, almonds, cranberries and coconut water. That’s it! Bonus: you can make this in a pressure cooker as well on days you’re pressed for time.
Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics, essential for leaky gut syndrome, and this homemade recipe uses another favorite ingredient of mine: gelatin! It’s derived from collagen, which keeps skin firm, hair shiny and joints working smoothly. Just three ingredients yield enough yogurt for eight servings that you can top and enjoy as you please.
Sometimes, you don’t want an entire breakfast; you’re craving something sweet, savory and comforting. This banana bread is a comfort breakfast at its best. It’s excellent for baking newbies: mix up the ingredients, dump them in the crockpot and watch as a yummy bread comes to life. While it’s slightly indulgent to be a go-to dish, this is what you serve when you want to impress guests or the in-laws.
I love eggs. Not only are they packed with protein, but they’re budget-friendly, perfect for when you’re watching your wallet. These Greek-style eggs are easy to whip up for a brunch crowd or to eat throughout the week solo. And with the nutritional benefits of mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese, they’re super-healthy, too.
This hearty casserole is loaded with veggies but it tastes so good, even picky eaters won’t mind! It’s perfect for customizing for your family’s tastes: use whatever veggies you have on hand and season as you wish. Instead of frozen hash browns, I’d opt for nutrient-dense sweet potatoes, cubed and skip the pork bacon — use your favorite beef or turkey brand instead. Dig in!
10. Huevos Rancheros
Oprah knows best, and she doesn’t disappoint with this Tex-Mex crockpot breakfast recipe. Eggs are doused with taco sauce and chiles for a ton of flavor and then topped with scallions, avocadoes and more. Instead of spreading on corn tortillas, opt for sprouted grain tortillas or bread — or eat the eggs solo!
Forget buying flavored packets of oatmeal and make your own delicious spiced apple version. With just a handful of ingredients and almost no prep time, you’ll wake up to a slow-cooked breakfast that’s so much tastier than anything at the store. It’s easy to adjust to your preferences, too.
A bit of steel-cut oats, a dash of quinoa and a whole lot of delicious: That’s what you’ll get with this hot and healthy breakfast. It cooks in six hours, making it ideal for a weekday morning and tastes great topped with your favorite fruits: I love adding a mix of nutrition-rich strawberries and blueberries for added color. Use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, and you’re good to go.
If you love pumpkin-flavored recipes, you’ll go mad for this oatmeal — and you don’t even have to wait until autumn! Using just a handful of fragrant spices like allspice, nutmeg and cloves, this oatmeal simmers overnight for a deliciously simple breakfast. Be sure to grease the crockpot or use a liner before cooking to make cleanup a cinch.
There isn’t always time for a sit-down meal. When you need a healthy, on-the-go breakfast, these energy bars are an awesome choice. The nutrition-packed almonds, almond butter and quinoa give them tons of staying power, while powerful chia seeds add an extra burst of texture. I love the addition of raisins for some sweetness, too. Eat these en route to work or anytime you need a snack.
Avoid sugar high and lows with this steel-cut oatmeal crockpot breakfast. It provides a steady stream of complex carbs, protein and fat, while incorporating my favorite wonder product, benefit-rich coconut oil. If raspberries are in season, use fresh; if not, frozen work just as well. Top with walnuts for more nutty protein and crunch.
Frittatas look and taste great — when they turn out properly. They can be tricky for kitchen novices and experts alike. That’s why this crockpot frittata is such a treat. It helps you create a restaurant-worthy dish with minimal effort — when’s the last time you infused eggs with the flavors of artichoke, roasted peppers and feta? Serve this as a weekend brunch, make a batch to eat throughout the week or enjoy as a light summer dinner.
Breakfast pastries are delicious, but they usually comes at a price: a lot of unhealthy ingredients packed into an expensive treat. Luckily, you can make your own bakery-quality sticky pecan buns using real ingredients right at home!
While these crockpot recipe is a bit involved since you make homemade dough, you’ll be rewarded with a gooey, sweet bun that rivals anything you’d get at the mall food court cooked right in the crockpot — and you probably have all the ingredients on hand already! Serve this on special occasions and enjoy.
If you love simple, Italian-inspired dishes, you must make this frittata. Toss superfood spinach, mozzarella and tomatoes into the crockpot and cook until you get a great-tasting egg bake. But use full-fat, organic milk and whole, freshly grated mozzarella cheese; the fats in these dairy foods are good for you and don’t have added preservatives.
19. Veggie Omelet
What if I told you that satisfying a major part of your daily vegetable servings was possible right in the morning? That’s the deal with this veggie omelet. With nutrition-rich broccoli, red pepper, onions and whatever other veggies you want to sneak in, this dish is packed with color and vitamins. Plus, there’s no need to hover over the stove wondering when the right time to flip is; this omelet cooks completely in the crockpot for a totally foolproof breakfast.
Photo: Veggie Omelet / Diethood
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