Wouldn’t it be great if breakfast was waiting for you every morning the minute your alarm went off? Thanks to your slow cooker, it can be. While you might not think to use your crockpot for breakfast purposes, it’s actually a great way to save time in the morning and make sure you’re getting a healthy first meal.
The best slow cooker breakfasts take skinny standalone ingredients, like oats, eggs and berries, and simmer them perfectly to create warm, delicious bowls of goodness. Some of these healthy breakfast recipes can be prepped in minutes the night before, filling the house with an irresistible smell you’ll love waking up to.
If you’re the type that needs a cup of coffee before making any morning moves, ease into your day with our Morning Joe in the Raw and skinny Coffee Creamer. Then enjoy one of these nine healthy breakfast recipes made with your crockpot.
1. Slow Cooker Chocolate and Pistachio Oatmeal
Chocolate for breakfast? You heard right—and it’s not in the form of some sugary boxed cereal. Cocoa powder, coconut and pistachios combine with heart healthy oatmeal in this dish, which tastes more like a treat than the healthful breakfast meal it is.
It’s all the decadence of traditional French toast, with a skinny twist. This recipe combines whole grain bread with an ooey-gooey filling to make the perfect treat for a weekend morning or a surpriuse breakfast in bed.
3. Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
If you need some motivation to get out of bed in the morning, the mouthwatering smell of this apple cinnamon oatmeal will do the trick. Throw together the ingredients in less than five minutes before bed, and wake up to the warm aroma of apple pie wafting through your house. That’ll get you going!
4. Slow Cooker Cranberry and Pumpkin Granola
You’ve probably heard that store-bought granola can contain lots of hidden sugar. The way around that? Making your own granola in your crock pot. This breakfast staple is flavored with pumpkin spice and vanilla extract, perfect for when they weather cools down.
5. Hot Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal
It looks just like Cocoa Krispies, but this chocolatey breakfast meal is a nutritional powerhouse. Coconut palm sugar or maple syrup take the place of traditional sugar for a sweet and filling breakfast at just 126 calories.
6. Overnight Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats
Don’t let the phrase “steel cut” fool you; there’s nothing harsh about this yummy breakfast dish. It has all the flavors of pumpkin pie with no added sugar—an unexpected and delicious twist on classic oatmeal.
7. Slow Cooker Nutty Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
This recipe calls for slow cooking rolled oats, which will result in a crispier set than a traditional bowl of oatmeal. Blueberries add a healthy dose of antioxidants, while three types of nuts give you energy to power through whatever is on the day’s agenda.
8. Slow Cooker Savory Mexican Oats
If you find yourself constantly swinging through the drive-through for a breakfast burrito, you’ve got to try this skinny take on a Mexican morning meal. Oats are a healthier stand-in for rice, while red pepper and cilantro take the place of traditional cinnamon and maple syrup.
9. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Oatmeal
Our yummy sweet potato oatmeal is loaded with complex carbs and 8 grams of protein, making it the perfect pre- or post-workout meal. Strapped for time? You can also speed this recipe up by making it on the stovetop.
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