Breakfast is either a meal that you love or hate.
If you are in the latter category perhaps you are short on time in the morning or just don’t feel like cooking first thing in the morning and end up having the same toast or cereal every day.
However, there is a different way. With a slow cooker or crockpot, there are a myriad of recipes that you can follow that provide you with a delicious, healthy, flavorful breakfast with very little effort at all.
Simply remove the dish from the crockpot and enjoy it before you head to work or school.
In this article, we will look at 33 overnight breakfast recipes (see also ‘28 Whole30 Breakfast Recipes You Will Love!‘) that you can make in a crockpot that are sure to be a hit with the whole family.
This ultimate overnight breakfast casserole is a great, hearty breakfast that is capable of feeding the whole family, even around the holidays when you have extended family staying.
The dish contains eggs and sausage which are often considered to be staples of a filling breakfast.
Instead of using bread in this recipe, English muffins are used to give a slightly different texture to the dish.
This recipe can also be prepared in the oven in a shorter time if necessary.
Oatmeal is a classic breakfast choice that is perfect for making in a slow cooker or crockpot.
This recipe adds cinnamon and apple to the cooking process to provide you with a warming and delicious breakfast that is perfect for colder mornings.
You can even add a few fresh slices on top of individual portions to add a little extra crunch to the meal.
You can also add extra cinnamon after cooking if you are making a batch that is suitable for even the youngest members of your family.
This overnight crockpot recipe for breakfast apple crisp is a brilliant addition to your breakfast recipe repertoire.
This dish is a great way to use up leftover granola that has been sitting in your pantry for a while and is getting past its best.
Simply serve it with some fresh yogurt and you have a healthy, balanced breakfast for the whole family.
The combination of the crispy granola and the soft, warm apple is a treat on colder mornings.
If you have never tried congee, you are missing out on a slightly sweet and comforting dish that is perfect for a breakfast that feels like a treat.
This recipe calls for chicken or duck thighs, onions, bone broth, and ginger among other things, and sounds more like dinner than breakfast.
However, this dish provides you with all the energy and nutrients you need to power through your morning.
The sweetness of the rice gives you the familiar, sugary flavor that we often associate with breakfast in the west.
This slow cooker bacon hashbrown breakfast casserole recipe is perfect for colder mornings when you want something warming first thing in the morning.
What’s more, is that this recipe yields enough casserole to comfortably feed up to 12 guests.
If you are only cooking for your immediate family, you can cut down the portion size accordingly.
The smell of this dish cooking is enough to raise your whole family from their cozy beds in the morning.
Although millet might seem like a slightly unusual choice for breakfast when oatmeal is more readily available, there are many reasons why this warm breakfast crockpot millet deserves a place in your breakfast rotation.
Above everything else, millet has a much higher nutritional value than oatmeal does.
The amount of vitamins and minerals such as B5, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and fiber per 100g is significantly higher in millet.
Even better, millet is cheaper than oatmeal and provides just as tasty a breakfast.
French toast is a more indulgent breakfast than your average toast or bowl of cereal (see also ‘The 21 Most Loved Cereals In America‘), however, with this easy, overnight, slow cooker recipe, you will struggle to not eat it every day.
With this recipe, you can wake up to a house that is filled with the aroma of french toast, bananas, and blueberries.
The resulting, fluffy breakfast is sure to go down well with the whole family.
This recipe is a great option if you have young children in your house or have a big sweet tooth.
Having cake for breakfast sounds like such a treat, but with this recipe, it is actually a healthy and balanced breakfast that will set you up for the day.
Simply pack a square of the cake with your children for them to eat on the way to school, or serve at home with some fresh berries on the side.
If you are partial to a fry up breakfast, this can be a great alternative that is much healthier, less labor intensive, and requires less clean up.
Depending on the size and shape of your slow cooker, this recipe may only yield enough breakfast for one or two people, but it is perfect for a great start to the day.
You are limited on the way in which your eggs can be cooked if you include them in your slow cooker, but if you add them closer to the end of cooking, you can have them less cooked if you prefer.
This berry breakfast quinoa that cooks in the slow cooker is a great overnight breakfast option.
Much like the millet mentioned above, quinoa makes a tasty change from regular oatmeal and provides a different nutritional profile.
The berries used in this recipe add a tonne of flavor and color to this dish and add some vibrancy to your morning routine.
The cinnamon and vanilla also fill your house with a welcoming and cozy aroma, what’s not to love?
Risotto is always a winning choice for dinner, but what about at breakfast?
Bear with me, because this apple cinnamon breakfast risotto will have you reconsidering how you view the rice dish.
The apple and cinnamon flavors in this risotto make it easy to forget that we usually serve risotto as a savory meal rather than a sweet breakfast.
However, once you try it, you’ll wonder why you never thought of it before.
This breakfast casserole has everything that you need for a filling and nutritious breakfast, and best of all, it can be made while you sleep.
Eggs, ham, and spinach are all staples of a breakfast that is going to keep you full until lunchtime.
The protein and iron content of this breakfast is the perfect fuel for those long days and early starts.
If sweetness and sugar are what you need to get you started in the morning, this crockpot cinnamon roll breakfast casserole is what you have been waiting for.
There is nothing better than waking up to a house that is filled with the aroma of cinnamon rolls and being able to roll out of bed and tuck straight in.
That is exactly what this recipe gives you. Although these aren’t individual cinnamon rolls, there is something really tempting about digging your fork or spoon into a warm bowl of cinnamon roll heaven without having to count how many rolls you’ve had.
This recipe may sound similar to the banana blueberry french toast recipe above, but we promise that it is different.
Like the cinnamon roll casserole, this breakfast recipe is about creating bowls of broken-up french toast that can be enjoyed in portion sizes of your choice without worrying about how many slices of toast you have had.
Simply prepare this breakfast dish in your slow cooker overnight and enjoy the creamy, sweet flavors that are waiting for you in the morning.
The title of this recipe doesn’t give much away, but it really is worth the wait.
There are hash browns, pork sausage, cheese, eggs, and even mustard that make this dish the perfect choice for breakfast.
The resulting dish resembles a frittata that is easy to serve straight from the slow cooker and will keep your whole family fueled for the day.
You can add and omit ingredients to suit your tastes, for example, you can add bacon bits to the mixture, diced tomatoes, or even spinach to increase the flavor.
These maple blueberry bacon breakfast carnitas are a great option to switch up your breakfasts from time to time and are super easy to make in your slow cooker.
The flavors in this dish are simply irresistible and will have the whole family asking for it to be made more often.
Carnitas translates to “little meats” and this breakfast is definitely filled with meat, but the blueberries and apple juice add a fresh sweetness that creates the perfect palette to start your day with.
Farmer breakfast casserole is described as a thick omelet in the recipe and that seems to be the perfect description for it.
The eggs and tofu in this dish, along with the meat, create a high-protein meal (see also ‘28 Easy High-Protein Breakfast Recipes) that is great for starting your day.
The use of herbs such as dill creates a delicious flavor that will please the whole family and have them asking for more.
You can also change the smoked meat that you use to keep the dish fresh each time you make it.
Oatmeal is such a great option for making breakfast in a crockpot.
There are so many different flavors that you can add to the oats that make it feel like a completely different meal every single day.
For this recipe, bananas cinnamon, nutmeg, and evaporated milk create the taste and aroma of banana bread in a much healthier way.
Waking up to a house filled with the aroma of banana bread always helps to get people out of bread, and knowing that the breakfast is as healthy as it is delicious really helps.
There have been lots of recipes mentioned in this list that feature meat or animal products, but not this one.
These vegan pumpkin spice oatmeal bars are so simple to make in your crockpot or slow cooker and provide a healthy and convenient breakfast that the whole family can enjoy.
The pumpkin spice flavors of this dish create dreams of fall as it cooks overnight ready for the morning.
Even better, these oatmeal bars are low-calorie and high protein.
This slow cooker breakfast quiche is a great summer breakfast choice that provides plenty of health and nutritional benefits.
Best of all, you can substitute the vegetables and meat in the quiche for any other vegetables and meat of your choice to help keep your family interested in this dish multiple times a week.
Because the crust is also cooked in the slow cooker it is softer than a quiche that is cooked in the oven but it is just as delicious.
This ham, bacon, and egg breakfast bread recipe is perfect for even the smallest members of your family to enjoy.
The recipe is so simple that you can even get your children involved in the preparation of this dish, then wake up as a family to the smell of freshly cooked savory bread.
This dish is so bursting with flavor that your children won’t even know how healthy their breakfast is.
If the idea of preparing a breakfast recipe (see also ‘23 Mexican Breakfast Recipes‘) every evening after cooking dinner sounds exhausting, that’s okay.
There are some recipes that you can prepare in advance that provide you with breakfasts all week long and sometimes even longer with correct storage.
This recipe allows you to make healthy, delicious granola for the whole family to enjoy.
The original cooking can be done overnight and the resulting granola can be enjoyed for weeks afterward if stored in airtight containers.
Best of all, you can control the sugar content of your family’s cereal.
23. Breakfast Pie
This is another recipe that keeps its cards close to its chest in the title, but it is worth the secrecy.
First of all, who doesn’t want to be able to eat pie for breakfast? It’s in the same league as eating cake for breakfast.
One of the best things about this recipe is that you can alter the meat and vegetables that you include each time you make it.
It is a great way to use up leftover veggies and meat that would otherwise go to waste.
This sweet mung bean porridge might sound a little more out there than your usual breakfast, but it’s good to live a little sometimes.
There are so many health benefits of mung beans that you don’t get in rolled oats, and the sweetness of this dish can really brighten up your mornings.
The texture and taste may take some getting used to, particularly for younger members of your family, but this really is a sweet treat breakfast dish (see also our favorite Lebanese breakfasts).
Baked oatmeal in a crockpot is a great way to start the day.
The texture of this dish is not the same as regular oatmeal that you make in a crockpot, instead, it resembles more of an oatmeal muffin or cookie.
If you enjoy the way that oatmeal fills you up for the whole morning but dislike the texture or wish you had something more substantial to chew, this could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
This slow cooker cinnamon roll oatmeal is a great option to combine the healthiness of oatmeal with the deliciousness of cinnamon rolls.
The recipe for this breakfast is so simple and easy to make, but the presentation of this dish can really elevate it into something spectacular.
Combining a cinnamon sugar drizzle and cream cheese icing swirl, this breakfast can look and taste like a cinnamon roll with a much better nutrient profile.
If you aren’t into heavy breakfasts like oatmeal, cakes, quiches, or casseroles, this might be the recipe for you.
Simply core some fresh apples and stuff them with raisins and pecans before placing them in the slow cooker.
A cinnamon syrup helps provide more flavor to the dish, and then cook overnight.
Simply serve with a topping of Greek yogurt for a healthy breakfast.
Although this is yet another oatmeal recipe, there are just so many that are too good to not include in this list.
Flavors created by the spices used in the oatmeal really taste like carrot cake.
There is nothing better than eating a healthy breakfast that tastes just like a slice of your favorite cake.
Best of all, you can take this delicious oatmeal on the go with you and enjoy a tasty treat on your way to work or school.
These slow cooker Turkish breakfast eggs add extra flavor to your morning eggs.
Best of all, there are two of your five-a-day in this recipe which helps to get your day off to the best start.
This recipe features high levels of vitamin C and is low-calorie and low-carb so it won’t leave you feeling bloated or lethargic during the morning.
This delicious overnight slow cooker egg bake is essentially a frittata that is stuffed full of cheese and healthy vegetables.
Again, this is a great recipe to call upon every time you have some vegetables that you need to use up.
This recipe is full of protein that will help keep you full all morning.
Ham and eggs are a great breakfast staple that you probably find yourself cooking quite often.
However, with this recipe, you can make it while you sleep, or rather your crockpot can.
It can be served by itself or you can serve some fresh berries and yogurt alongside it.
Everyone knows that eggs (see also our favorite egg yolk recipes) are a staple of a good, hearty breakfast, but sometimes, it can be time-consuming to cook them, especially if you have busy mornings.
This is a great option if you have a lot of guests to feed in the morning and want to be able to cook the eggs all in one go.
This slow cooker Mediterranean egg casserole is a flavorful dish that is sure to be a hit with the entire family.
There are so many options for the vegetables and cheeses that you can add to this casserole to use up any leftovers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Crockpot Breakfasts Healthy?
In short, yes they are. Because there is generally very little oil involved when cooking with a crockpot, these recipes are a lot more healthy than alternatives that are fried.
There are so many options for crockpot breakfasts that you won’t even miss the oil from your fried favorites.