15 Surprising Recipes You Can Make In The Crockpot

There's more to your crockpot that just stews and steamed vegetables.

This slow cooker french toast is the perfect option for cold, busy mornings!

There’s more to your crockpot than just stews and steamed vegetables. In fact, crockpots are some of the most versatile kitchen tools you own. There are all kinds of healthy crockpot recipes you can try. You can make overnight oatmeal. You can bake a lasagna while you’re at work. You can even make dessert!

We put together a list of fifteen delicious, healthy recipes you probably didn’t know you could make in your crockpot. Try one for every meal of the day!


1. Slow Cooker French Toast
This crockpot french toast casserole is one of our most popular recipes. It’s a healthy, easy-to-make version of a breakfast favorite.

2. Nutty Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
Fiber from oats, healthy Omega-3 fatty acids from nuts and seeds, antioxidants from blueberries, potassium from bananas–this recipe has it all!

3. Cranberry & Pumpkin Granola
Yes, you can even use your crockpot to make granola. Granola is a great snack, but a lot of popular brands are loaded with refined sugar. To avoid all that sugar, you can simply make your own granola! This recipe combines dried cranberries with tons of nuts and seeds, a combination that will satisfy your taste buds as well as your nutritional needs.

4. Breakfast Quinoa
This breakfast quinoa has no added sugar and can be made while you sleep!



5. Cheesy Spinach Lasagna
Lasagna is one dish that turns out better in the slow cooker. This is a must-try for all pasta lovers.

6. Mini Turkey Meatballs
These meatballs are made with lean turkey and quinoa, making them a healthier alternative to traditional meatballs.

7. Slow Cooker Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust
This southwestern favorite can be made in your crockpot with tomatoes, chiles, cheddar, and lean ground turkey that adds 23g of protein per serving.


8. Cauliflower Fried Rice
This crockpot cauliflower recipe is satisfying without being loaded with the over-processed ingredients in take-out food.

9. Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are notoriously high in calories and loaded with unhealthy ingredients like butter, heavy cream, and sour cream. This cauliflower version is just as tasty with a fraction of the calories. With a crockpot, it’s a snap to make.


10. Apple Spiced Butter
The apples take a long time to reach the right consistency — around 20 hours! But making them in a crockpot allows you to go about your day without worry. When you come back, you’ll have a yummy, healthy treat waiting.

11. Yogurt
Yes, you can make yogurt in your crockpot! In just three hours, you will have healthy, homemade yogurt.

12. Slow Cooked Salsa
Salsa is best when it’s homemade! With this crockpot recipe, you won’t have to spend hours chopping vegetables. Head on over to Taste of Home to get this recipe that a busy working mom created.


13. Bananas Foster
This New Orleans creation is a great crowd pleaser. The Skinny Ms. version uses a fraction of the butter and sugar, giving you the option to enjoy this tasty dessert at just over 100 calories per serving.

14. Slow Cooker Pecan Pie
You can make this holiday favorite in your crockpot! Because crockpots provide a more damp environment than an oven, you can make the pie without any added oils.

15. Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
Slow cooker cakes are great because they don’t require you to stand by the oven while it bakes.

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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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