15 Make-Ahead Crock Pot Breakfast Recipes

Overnight Breakfast Recipes to Make Your Life Easier

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The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

Using your slow cooker to make breakfast overnight is a great trick for having a delicious and nutritious meal ready when you wake up. We've gathered our favorite crock pot breakfast recipes for you to make and treat your family. They're especially handy during the holidays when overnight visits dial up the amount of work and food prep.

Since crock pot settings and performance can differ from brand to brand, be sure to consult your appliance manual before making any new recipes with your slow cooker.

Don't rush your morning—wake up to a tasty meal.

  • 01 of 15

    Crock Pot Egg Casserole

    Crockpot breakfast casserole recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

    Wake up to the smell of this delicious ham and egg casserole. Filling, nutrient dense, and packed with protein from the eggs and ham, this tasty dish feeds six to eight guests, depending on the serving size and how much other food you're offering. Make it part of your family brunch alongside some pancakes, fruit, spreads, and waffles.

    We use premade hash browns and layer them with ham and cheese, beaten eggs, veggies, and seasonings. Put it together in no time. Make it your own by throwing in additional ingredients, like other kinds of cheese or more vegetables. Add a touch of heat with a sriracha and mayo sauce to serve on the side. Ready in 6 to 8 hours.

  • 02 of 15

    Crock Pot Cheesy Breakfast Potatoes

    Crock Pot Cheesy Breakfast Potatoes

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    This cheesy breakfast requires just one step, one pot, and one big appetite. Mix potatoes, cheddar cheese, and smoky sausage with veggies, sour cream, a can of creamy soup, and seasonings. That's all the prep you'll need to do. Serve it with crusty bread and butter.

    Because the cooking time is shorter than a good night's sleep, prep it overnight and refrigerate it, and start your cooking first thing in the morning. You'll have a great dish in 3 to 4 hours. Alternatively, cook it on the stove for 45 minutes on low in one big pan.

  • 03 of 15

    Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal

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    Our scrumptious recipe smells and tastes like apple pie. You'll wake up to the comforting scent of apples and oatmeal, a breakfast that's wonderfully warming and autumnal. It's a hearty, healthy, and filling dish featuring steel-cut oats, chopped apples, brown sugar, honey, milk, melted butter, cinnamon, dried fruits, and nuts. Use sunflower seeds if there are any nut allergies in the house.

    Serve with some cold heavy cream on top, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, or some apple or pear compote. Ready in 5 to 7 hours.

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    Crock Pot Sausage Breakfast Burritos

    Crock Pot Breakfast Burritos

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney  

    Breakfast burritos are a healthy and delicious morning meal that's easy to make with this inspired recipe. Load up your slow cooker with frozen hash browns, breakfast sausage, eggs, chopped green bell pepper, and Mexican cheese, then wake up to the fantastic aroma of a breakfast burrito filling that's ready for you to wrap in warmed tortillas. Serve with sour cream, salsa, and sliced avocados.

    If there are any leftovers, wrap and freeze a few burritos for heating up individually. Ready in 8 hours and 25 minutes.

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  • 05 of 15

    Crock Pot Cobbler

    Crock Pot Cobbler

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    Our super simple apple cobbler makes a fabulous, decadent treat to serve for weekend breakfast or brunch. Prep in just a few minutes, with only five ingredients, and have a delicious baked apple crisp waiting for you first thing in the morning.

    These scrumptious breakfast treats can double as desserts if you serve them with ice cream, mascarpone, or whipped cream. Make it a full morning meal with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit compote, and nuts or seeds. Ready in 6 hours and 15 minutes.

  • 06 of 15

    Bacon Tater Crock Pot Breakfast

    Crock Pot Egg Casserole


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    Use frozen potato puffs, Canadian bacon, onion, and eggs in this comforting breakfast. Ideal to feed a crowd, the recipe uses two kinds of cheese, a creamy cheddar and a tangy Parmesan, plus a generous amount of fatty bacon. Add chopped veggies like onions or peppers if you want to add volume and fiber.

    Layer your ingredients and cover them with beaten and seasoned eggs, set your slow cooker, and have a meal ready in 6 to 8 hours.

  • 07 of 15

    Easy Crock Pot Banana Bread

    Easy Crock Pot Banana Bread

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    This delicious slow cooker recipe is perfect for when it's too hot to turn on the oven, and you're craving some homey banana bread. It's also ideal for when the stove is busy with other recipes, and you still need a sweet treat for your brunch or tea time.

    Combine all the ingredients in your crock pot, set your timer, and leave it to bake for 2 to 3 hours. Cook it first thing in the morning and enjoy the delicious scent of baked banana bread with no oven required. Serve with butter and jam.

  • 08 of 15

    Slow Cooker Rice Pudding With Mixed Berries

    Slow Cooker Rice Pudding With Mixed Berries

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    In Nordic countries, rice pudding is a popular breakfast. Dried cranberries, dried blueberries, and orange juice concentrate flavor in a rice pudding that's convenient and healthy.

    Simply combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and set it for 2 to 3 hours on low. The flavorful arborio rice will soak up all the tasty juices and creaminess of the evaporated milk. Plus, it'll be warm and ready for you first thing in the morning.

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  • 09 of 15

    Slow Cooker Beans With Bacon

    Slow Cooker Beans With Bacon

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    Baked beans are an essential part of a classic British breakfast. Traditionally served with toast, bacon, eggs, fried tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, and black pudding, this hearty meal will keep you full for a great deal of the day. These easy beans are your chance to give the British morning feast a try.

    Mix crisped bacon, canned beans, sugar, mustard, and ketchup in your slow cooker and cook for 4 to 6 hours on low. Once you wake up, make sunny-side up eggs, heat up sausage and black pudding, toast some slices of bread, and let each guest make their own plate.

  • 10 of 15

    Southwest Crock Pot Breakfast

    Southwest Crock Pot Breakfast

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    Our Tex-Mex breakfast casserole recipe brings to your table fluffy eggs, hearty sausage, spicy chiles, flavorful peppers, and sweet onions. Mexican spices add a nice kick, and gooey cheese tops it all.

    Layer seasoned sausage and veggies, add cheese, and cover with beaten eggs. Control the level of spiciness by adding or subtracting jalapeños. Serve with warm tortillas, sliced avocados, sour cream, and chopped cilantro. Ready in 6 to 8 hours.

  • 11 of 15

    Crock Pot Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

    Crock Pot Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    Sticky buns are a Southern breakfast favorite. They're also incredibly easy to make in the slow cooker and can double as a dessert for lunch or dinner.

    Use premade biscuit rolls, dip them in melted butter, and roll them in a mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Bake in the slow cooker for about 3 hours and wake up to warm buns. Enjoy with a strong cup of coffee or tea.

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    Slow Cooker Fried Apple Slices

    Southern Fried Apples

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    Kids and adults alike adore warm apple slices cooked with cinnamon and sugar. In the South, this type of cooked apple dish is referred to as "fried apples," even though they're really cooked on the stovetop or in our case, the slow cooker.

    Add the ingredients to the pot, set it for 6 hours, and wake up to a house filled with the sweet, homey aroma of lightly spiced baked apples. Enjoy them on their own or use them as a lovely topping for pancakes, French toast, or waffles.

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  • 13 of 15

    Crock Pot Banana Raisin Bread Pudding

    Crock Pot Banana Raisin Bread Pudding

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    Enjoy this simple, scrumptious crock pot bread pudding, minus all the effort of baking and paying attention to the oven. Mix bread, milk, eggs, spices, dry fruit, and bananas, place them in the slow cooker, and cook overnight until creamy.

    Serve with chopped nuts and fresh fruit for a pleasing breakfast. Add other dried fruits like cranberries or blueberries and wake up to a warm pudding that's a great side dish for a family brunch. Ready in 5 hours.

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    Crock Pot Oatmeal

    Crock Pot Rolled Oats

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    Just a few ingredients are needed to make this easy, healthy breakfast recipe. Mix steel-cut oats, dried fruit, dates, water, cream, and honey. Make a vegan version by replacing the cream with cashew milk and the honey with maple syrup. Packed with nutrition and flavor, this dish is a wonderful option for busy people who need their breakfast fast. Pack in a thermos and go.

    Use regular oats, which are rich in fiber and low in sugar, and not instant oats, to get the best texture. Add fresh fruit on top to make it a complete and nutritious meal. Ready in approximately 8 hours.

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    Crock Pot Baked Apples

    Crock Pot Baked Apples Recipe

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    Baked apples are usually served as a dessert topped with ice cream, but they're also an underrated breakfast. Tons of fiber and vitamins jam into this simple dish thanks to sweet apples, dried fruit, and warming spices. Use a sweet hard-texture apple that can keep its shape and fill it with a mixture of raisins, spices, and sugar. Top with butter and cook overnight for 7 hours.

    Enjoy these yummy baked apples on their own, or create a fabulous breakfast parfait by slicing and serving them layered with plain or vanilla yogurt, fresh berries, dried fruits, and crunchy granola.