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7 healthy slow cooker breakfasts

Healthy slow cooker breakfast recipesSlow cooking is totally my jam in the winter months. I usually make up soups and stews for lunch and dinner. Lately, though, I’ve been loving breakfasts simmered in my crock pot. Sure, if you Google or type in “slow cooker breakfast” into Pinterest, you’re going to find a gazillion incredibly decadent recipes for cinnamon buns, pancakes, French toast, and other treats. Save that stuff for special occasions (or after long runs!). I’ve also come across a number of amazingly healthy recipes that will satisfy even the hungriest of us after a cold morning run.

And now I want to share them with you:

  1. Breakfast stew: You read that correctly. This delicious breakfast stew is a mix of butternut squash, zucchini, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, kale, almond milk, quinoa, and more. It may sound quite eclectic, but that’s simply because it’s customizable to your tastes and adaptable to exactly what you have in the fridge.
  2. Granola: Store bought granola contains mega-loads of sugar. Skip the spike and eventual crash and make your own DIY Granola right in your crock pot. It’s all the goodness (including Omega-3s with flax!) without the glycemic load that taxes our system so horribly.
  3. Greek yogurt: What goes great with granola? Greek yogurt – and this recipe is made in a slow cooker! I tend to shy away from Greek yogurt because it’s quite expensive. I think if I made my own, I’d be able to pocket some dollars and still get all the nutritional benefits.
  4. Pumpkin oats: I don’t know why I never thought to make a huge batch of Steel-Cut Oats in my slow cooker. I’ve made this recipe countless times now, substituting in different purees – like applesauce – with amazing results. You’ll have enough for two people to eat a hearty bowl for the entire workweek. I like to toss raisins, peanut butter, and a couple tablespoons of milk in mine.
  5. Gratin: This crock pot breakfast gratin could be bumped up a notch by substituting sweet potatoes for the red potatoes and low-fat milk for the whole milk. If you’re trying to watch your egg yolk consumption, consider going with all egg whites. The standard exchange I’ve read is 2 egg whites equal 1 whole egg.
  6. Frittata: You’ll flip for this slow cooker frittata. Of course, you can eat this egg-based dish for any meal of the day, but if you have trouble getting enough protein (like me), this recipe is definitely your solution. This dish features, zucchini, tomato, and feta – you can substitute like-ingredients in the same ratios for a change.
  7. Banana bread: If you just ave to have something bread-y in the morning, try this Pumpkin Banana Bread recipe. You read that right: You can make breads in your crock pot. It’s an incredible concept. Don’t have pumpkin spice mix? Just spindle in some cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and a little ginger.

Written by Ashley Marcin / Photo Creative Commons