6 Crockpot Recipes Resulting in Nutritious Morning Dishes
Kickstart your day by preparing healthy breakfasts that can cook in your crockpot. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast dish that can cook while you sleep or are searching for a healthy treat to enjoy on the weekends, these six crockpot recipes take all of the work out of eating healthy. Sit back, relax, and let your slow cooker hand you a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
1.Dried Fruit Compote with Green Tea and Lemon
Using dried fruit, green tea, and lemon zest, you can prepare Eating Well’s Dried Fruit Compote with Green Tea and Lemon. For a wholesome and filling morning meal, pair your compote with low-fat plain yogurt and pistachios. You can also make this dish in advance; it can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.
- 3 green tea bags
- 3¼ cups boiling water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
- 3 cups mixed dried fruit
Directions: Steep tea bags in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Stir sugar and lemon zest into the tea. Cut any large pieces of fruit into halves or quarters. Place the fruit and tea in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Cover and cook until the fruit is plump and tender and the liquid is syrupy, 1½ to 2½ hours on high, or 3½ to 4 hours on low. Transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
2. Slow Cooker Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
This casserole, which contains protein-packed eggs and nutrient-rich broccoli, is perfect for anyone following a low-carb diet. Medical News Today notes that broccoli is a rich source of fiber, iron, zinc, phosphorous, phytonutrients, and vitamins A, B, and C. For an even healthier dish, use turkey sausage in place of regular links. All Day I Dream About Food’s recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.
- 1 medium head broccoli, chopped
- 1 (12-ounce) package sausage links, cooked and sliced
- 1 cup shredded cheddar, divided
- 10 eggs
- ¾ cup whipping cream
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
Directions: Grease the ceramic interior of a 6-quart slow cooker well. Layer one half of the broccoli, half of the sausage, and half of the cheese into the slow cooker. Repeat with remaining broccoli, sausage, and cheese. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, whipping cream, garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined. Pour over layered ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours, until browned on the edges and set in the center.
3. Fruited Irish Oatmeal
Put your ingredients in your slow cooker before you go to bed, and you’ll wake up to warm and cozy scents wafting through your house. Better Homes and Gardens’ recipe yields 8 to 10 servings, with each containing 320 calories, 7 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.
- 2 cups steel-cut Irish oats
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup apple juice
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ¼ cup dried apricots
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Brown sugar or maple syrup
- Chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
Directions: In a 3½- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine oats, water, apple juice, cranberries, raisins, apricots, the ¼ cup maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3½ hours. Serve oatmeal with brown sugar or additional maple syrup, chopped nuts, and milk. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
4. Honey-Blueberry 8-Grain Hot Cereal
On a cold winter morning, Family Circle’s Honey-Blueberry 8-Grain Hot Cereal is guaranteed to warm you up. This dish needs to cook in your crockpot for 9 hours, so make sure you start it the night before. The recipe yields 8 servings.
- 4 cups skim milk blended with 3 cups water
- 2 cups 8-grain hot cereal blend
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup honey
- 8 thin slices unsalted butter (about 2 tablespoons total)
Directions: Coat slow-cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Combine milk and water with cereal in prepared slow cooker bowl. Stir in ½ cup of the blueberries, the ginger, and ¾ teaspoon of the salt. Cover and slow cook on low for 9 hours. In the morning, toast walnuts in a skillet over medium heat, 5 minutes. Stir remaining 1½ cups blueberries, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and the honey into cereal mixture. Spoon half of the cereal into bowls; top each serving with a thin slice of butter and some of the walnuts. Serve warm.
5. Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole
Using whole-grain bread, honey, apples, pecans, and cinnamon, you can create a breakfast casserole that will please your palate and your waistline. In addition to adding sweet and fragrant flavors, honey also adds nutrients to this dish; Care 2 states that honey is packed with antioxidants and plays a role in preventing cancer and heart disease. This Skinny Ms. recipe yields 9 servings, with each containing 227 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein.
- 2 whole eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 1½ cups 1% milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 9 slices whole-grain bread
- 3 cups finely diced uncooked apple pieces
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ⅓ cup diced raw pecans
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Directions: Add the first 6 ingredients to a medium bowl, whisk to combine. Lightly spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add all the filling ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir to coat apple pieces, set aside. Cut bread slices into triangles.
Place one layer of bread on the bottom of the slow cooker, add ¼ of the filling and repeat until there are 3 layers of bread. Add the remaining filling to the top. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and cook on high 2 to 2½ or low 4 hours, or until bread has soaked up the liquid.
6. Slow Cooker Honey Granola
Granola is a wonderful way to start your day, and Taste of Home’s crockpot recipe makes it a breeze to prepare. Filled with oats, sunflower kernels, flaked coconut, honey, and dried fruit, this breakfast dish is packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. A Demand Media article via SFGate states that old-fashioned oats contain nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals, which can lower your cholesterol and help fight disease. Feel free to use other dried fruits in place of the pineapples and mangoes.
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup sunflower kernels
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup canola oil
- ½ cup honey
- 1 cup chopped dried pineapple
- 1 cup chopped dried mangoes
Directions: In a 3-quart slow cooker, combine oats, sunflower kernels, coconut, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk oil and honey until blended. Stir into oats mixture. Cook, covered, on high 2 hours, stirring well every 20 minutes. Remove granola to baking sheets, spreading evenly; cool completely. Stir in pineapple and mangoes. Store in airtight containers.