Tis the season to let your slow cooker do the work while you sleep!
Got early morning crowds to feed during the holidays? We’ve found some delish slow cooker recipes you can throw together before bed so they can cook while you sleep. Sweet, right?
All the recipes below require at least 6 hours cooking time, which we think is the bare minimum any adult should sleep – especially during the holidays. If you find a slow cooker breakfast recipe that takes only a few hours to cook, skip it – sleep is just as important as a healthy breakfast.
We love omelets and this one tops our list for taste and ease. If you’re rushed for time, use pre-cooked bacon and pre-sliced veggies – we won’t tell anyone you cheated. And if you want to enjoy it for dinner instead of breakfast, we’ll keep that secret for you too. Get the recipe from CincyShopper.com.
German chocolate oatmeal
Since this oatmeal cooks while you sleep, we think it’s the perfect holiday cheer to wake you in the morning. As a bonus, there’s no sugar in the oatmeal because you add it in the brown sugar caramel-y sauce. We’re already for hungry for breakfast! Get the recipe from IheartEating.com.
Bacon, smoked cheddar & egg casserole
The classic breakfast trinity of bacon, egg and cheese gets a grown-up twist in this easy slow-cooker bake, thanks to smoked cheddar, fresh mushrooms and crushed red pepper. Get the recipe from BettyCrocker.com.
Overnight cinnamon apple oatmeal
This oatmeal is a delicious way to fuel up before starting the day – guaranteed to keep you full until lunchtime. And another bonus? One batch will last at least about a week. Combine everything in a pot, walk away and return to find a week’s worth of awesome. What’s not to love? Get the recipe from TheFitchen.com.
Cauliflower & hash browns casserole
Not only are we going to save you some pennies, we’re also going to save you calories and effort with this easy, gluten free, low carb egg recipe. Let the crockpot work overnight and in the morning feed your hungry holiday crowd. Get the recipe from CupCakesandKaleChips.com.
Carrot cake & zucchini bread oatmeal
Love carrot cake and zucchini bread? You’ll love this oatmeal. It’s overnight oats, warm and perfect for holiday mornings so cold you don’t want to climb out of bed. Nutmeg and cinnamon spice things up, while pecans add some healthy fats and a satisfying crunch. Get the recipe from 86Lemons.com.
Cheese and mushroom strata
Never throw out stale bread! Store it in the freezer to make this fabulous dish. It’s terrific for a weekend family brunch to kick off the holidays and it packs nicely in a lunch box too. Get the recipe from Chatelaine.com.
Overnight quinoa & oats
A mixture of steel cut oatmeal and quinoa that can be cooked overnight in your slow cooker. In the morning, top it with fresh berries and a splash of milk for a delicious and healthy breakfast your family and holiday guests will love. Get the recipe from ChelseasMessyApron.com.
Ham & taters breakfast casserole
Mmmmm, cheesy tater tots for a cold winter morning. Enough said. Get the recipe from cdKitchen.com.
Creamy homemade yogurt
This recipe makes a delicious plain yogurt you’ll love with a few drops of pure vanilla extract and a little honey or pure maple syrup for a lightly sweetened, vanilla flavor. Just 3 ingredients yield enough yogurt for 8 servings – perfect for the healthy holiday crowd! Get the recipe from BacktotheBookNutrition.com.