Published on December 3, 2015

Out of 365 days a year, there’s one that turns countless people into early birds. Christmas morning is one of the few times when jumping out of bed feels easier than ever, but that’s not to say there aren’t a few things that can’t make it even more effortless. Case in point: slow-cooker breakfasts. A little prep time at night means you can wake up, check the Crock-Pot, get right to presents, and follow them up with a delicious meal.

You can easily make the prep a family activity, too—just put on a classic holiday movie, light the tree, and start cracking those eggs. Don’t worry, it’s easy to find a dish everyone can agree on—just figure out whether you’d prefer something savory or sweet, and as it cooks overnight, you’ll be dreaming of way more than just sugarplums.

Slow-Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal With Whipped Maple Cream

Even oatmeal can feel special when it gets a little extra time to cook, as How Sweet Eats proves in this apple pie–like recipe. And yes, it’s totally acceptable to have whipped cream for breakfast—it’s Christmas, after all. 

Crock-Pot Hash Browns Casserole

Preshredded hash browns are a must in this casserole by Chelsea’s Messy Apron—after all, you don’t want to spend any more time than necessary doing kitchen busywork. Top with a dollop of sour cream to make it even more indulgent.

Crock-Pot Monkey Bread

If you’re feeling burnt out from baking too many Christmas cookies (pun fully intended), never fear: This monkey bread by Chelsea’s Messy Apron uses store-bought biscuit dough as a shortcut. 

Slow-Cooker Banana Bread With Brown Sugar Sauce

The sweet, caramel-like brown sugar sauce in this dish by Averie Cooks makes sure your banana bread comes out perfectly moist—no oven monitoring required.

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

Is there a breakfast more exciting than a cinnamon roll? This Le Creme de la Crumb recipe requires zero chilling time in the fridge and makes 10 pieces—so everyone can have seconds if they’d like.

Slow-Cooker Loaded Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Tater tots, eggs, sausage, bacon, and Cheddar cheese—La Creme de la Crumb’s casserole truly has it all. Prep it at night to get your sausage and bacon perfectly cooked, and you’ll wake up to a satisfying feast.

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