By Cora L. Diekman

Published on December 3, 2015

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crock pot banana french toast

One quick glance at the ingredient list and you KNOW this recipe is holiday-worthy. Combine a few of life’s most delicious foods in the slow cooker (French baguette, cream cheese, bananas, brown sugar, pecans, butter… you get the picture) and in 2 hours you have top-shelf French toast that is sure to steal the spotlight Christmas morning.

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slow cooker cheesy bacon ranch potatoes

For a savory breakfast side, upgrade traditional breakfast potatoes to these delicious ranch-flavored spuds complete with melty cheese and smoky bacon. Setting the slow cooker to low for 8 hours allows you to prep everything the night before for instant breakfast satisfaction.

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crock pot orange sweet rolls

For some, breakfast just isn’t breakfast without sweet rolls. Period. For an extra special Christmas morning treat, dress up store bought crescent roll dough with fresh orange zest, marmalade, brown sugar, and butter for an unbelievable pastry that’s caramelized on the bottom, and fluffy on the top. Keep this recipe on file, because we have a feeling it’s destined to be a family fave.

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creamy overnight crock pot grits

The beauty of this recipe is the fact that there is ZERO prep, aside from dump and stir.  Measure out stone-ground grits, water, and salt and cook on low for 8 hours while you sleep. Then before serving, add in butter, cheese, and pepper for added flavor and oh-so-creamy texture. Add in bacon, chives, or anything else you like for an extra special touch to this easy recipe.

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crock pot overnight breakfast casserole

This delicious one-pot dish covers all breakfast bases: bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, and cheese. Every savory essential in one tasty place! With 12 eggs, and a pound each of bacon and sausage, this filling dish will easily feed a hungry crowd on Christmas morning—no side dishes needed.

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slow cooker cinnamon roll monkey bread

Monkey bread is a classic Christmas morning staple—and for good reason.  Delicious, ooey-gooey, pull-apart pastry deliciousness certainly has its place on this special day. Take a set-it-and-forget-it approach with the slow cooker, which can feed a crowd in 2 hours… Aka just enough time to open presents and down that first cup of Christmas morning coffee.

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slow cooker eggnog french toast

Christmas morning calls for french toast with a delicious eggnog twist. We’re loving how this recipe is both simple and decadent, compete with an eggnog-vanilla glaze. Everything comes together between 3 and 5 hours (depending on your heat setting) making this breakfast treat perfect for a late-morning brunch.

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crock pot tater tot egg bake

Revisit your childhood love for tater tots this Christmas morning with a delicious tot-themed casserole, complete with all of the breakfast bells and whistles. Think eggs, cheese, bacon—the works. This is another genius recipe that comes together in 6-8 hours (i.e., while you sleep) and greets you Christmas morning fork-ready.

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slow cooker pumpkin coffee cake oatmeal

If oatmeal is more your Christmas-morning speed (or if you’d simply prefer to have a healthy meal alternative on hand) this recipe takes ‘healthy’ to a new level with delicious coffee cake-inspired toppings. The oatmeal cooks while you sleep, and requires just a sprinkle of brown sugar, nuts, and cinnamon just before serving.

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crock pot vanilla lattes

Your slow cooker isn’t for delicious eats alone—it’s also the perfect vessel for preparing large batches of barista-quality brews AND keeping them warm all morning long. This recipe is as simple as pouring everything into the slow cooker and heating slowly for two hours before serving. And yes, whipped cream is mandatory. If your crew prefers hot chocolate to coffee, no worries. This method works equally well with any hot beverage.

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slow cooker baked apples

Who doesn’t love a breakfast that can also double as dessert? This delicious take on baked apples comes together in 2 to 2 ½ hours, making it great for brunch—or to top with ice cream and serve for dessert.

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crock pot denver omelette casserole

This is another ‘chop and dump’ slow cooker miracle—a complete Denver omelette breakfast (hash browns included) in quiche form! Everything can be prepped in 5 minutes or less, and then you simply wait 3 hours for your slow cooker to do the rest, giving you just enough time for your Christmas morning crowd to develop a Denver-sized appetite.

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