6 Brilliant Slow Cooker Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Say goodbye to a.m. madness by prepping one of these delectable breakfasts before bed and letting your slow cooker do the work while you sleep.

1

Honey Nut Granola with Cherries 

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Photo by Heather Meldrom

Dried cherries and crunchy pumpkin seeds are a nice early autumn combo—but this simple granola is so adaptable you could also substitute equal amounts of any of your favorite dried fruit and nuts. Almond butter is also delicious in place of peanut butter.

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2

Banana Allspice Breakfast Risotto

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This creative, warming spin on rice pudding is a fun change of pace from conventional oatmeal and makes a great gluten-free breakfast option. To make the dish dairy-free and vegan as well, coconut oil and coconut milk can be substituted for butter and half and half.

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3

Blueberry Lemon Poppyseed French Toast Casserole 

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This barely-sweet, hands-off approach to french toast gets a bit of sweetness from a drizzle of zingy lemon glaze after cooking. Have a slew of oranges or limes on hand? No problem: swapping in an equal amount of another citrus juice and zest is equally tasty.

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4

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Monkey Bread

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Photo by Heather Meldrom

Thanks to the magic of the slow cooker, you can fill the house with the scent of this decadent breakfast treat while you sleep. But, note: if you plan to serve it immediately after cooking rather than keeping it warm, reduce the water called for in the recipe to 1/3 cup.

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5

Bacon, Sage, and Butternut Squash Quiche

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Cooking a quiche in a pre-made crust directly in the pie-tin makes for easier removal, clean-up, serving, and storage of leftovers. Sage gives the dish an appealing autumnal flavor, but equal amounts of fresh thyme leaves or chopped fresh rosemary can easily be used in its place. Or try replacing the Gruyere with an equal amount of crumbled blue cheese, grated aged white cheddar, or tangy goat cheese.

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6

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

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Photo by Heather Meldrom

Rolled oats make the streusel topping extra crispy on this tender fall treat. The recipe will work with either a 8x4-inch or a 10x3-inch loaf pan, both of which fit most slow cookers. Using dark-brown sugar lends the cake a richer flavor and darker color--but feel free to substitute light-brown sugar if that's what you have on hand.

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