Nothing like an easy Easter brunch to start a super busy, stressful long day of cooking. With the whole family expected for dinner, you’ll have your hands full, so why not give yourself a break and enjoy a healthy, easy slow cooker breakfast.
Sure, you had planned on using your cooker to cook all day, but why not put it to good use for yourself and time it to start breakfast for you the night before?
Nothing like slow cooker oatmeal to provide energy for hours – and you’ll be needing it!
Waking up early to the pitty patter of little feet anxious to go Easter egg hunting is a lot more fun if you can enjoy a comforting oatmeal breakfast while watching them running around searching for goodies.
How to Cook Oatmeal with a Slow Cooker
Start with the basic recipe. Use rolled oatmeal rather than quick oats for a much tastier and healthier end result. Mix 2 cups of dry oats, 2 cups of milk, and 2 cups of water. Add sugar, honey or the sweetener of your choice and mix. Cook on low overnight (for about 8 hours).
All you have to do in the morning is help yourself to a quick bowl of steaming oatmeal and enjoy the egg hunt. You can always make it special for Easter by adding toppings like chocolate chips, nuts, fresh or dried fruit. Around here we often add apple sauce, cinnamon and walnuts – delicious!
Easy Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
If you’re planning on an early Easter dinner with the family, skipping lunch and having a healthy breakfast or brunch instead sounds like a good idea. One that cooks for you while you sleep is an even better plan.
And it’s so easy to do with a little planning the night before. Before going to bed, fry up a pound of bacon. I like to use scissors to cut up my bacon: it’s quick and easy, and the pieces just separate as they heat up and cook.
Dice a small onion. Crack open a dozen eggs and whisk them up in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper. You will also need a large 32oz bag of shredded hash browns and 1 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and layer a third of the hash browns in the bottom of the crock. Top with a third of the bacon and ½ cup of cheese. Repeat these layers two more times, omitting the cheese on the last layer. Pour the egg mixture over everything and top with the last ½ cup of cheese.
Cook everything on low for 10 to 12 hours.
While these are a couple of options for a healthy Easter breakfast that helps you start the day on the right foot, both dishes would also work well for a quick and healthy Easter brunch menu for the whole family. Now that’s easy, healthy cooking at its best!
See our Easter menu for more easy Easter recipes.