When thinking about Crock-Pots, mouth watering images of set it and go soups and chilis come to mind. And it makes sense. Crock-Pots are all about dumping a bunch of ingredients and spices into a ceramic pot in the morning, heading out for the day, and come to a smell that signifies dinner is ready.

But what if you switched up the timing on this beloved scenario, and created a Crock-Pot breakfast? That’s right. Instead of the components with meats and vegetables, picture a pot filled with steel cut oats or eggs simmering while you sleep. Imagine waking up to the scent of breakfast in the air. Can you see it? Isn't it incredible?

Whether you want a warm meal to give your family in the morning or a delicious dish to bring to an early brunch, your crock pot could be the key to satisfying your a.m. needs. And make sure to cast aside your notions of what kind of breakfast you’re able to make in your slow-cooker. No breakfast stews, thank you very much. True, some crock pot breakfasts include casseroles, but they don’t involve tuna or noodles — it’s all about eggs, bacon, French toast, and veggie additions. So if you’re interested in concocting a filling morning meal, pull out your crock pot tonight and wake up to one of these delicious breakfast dishes.

1. Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats

Why have instant oatmeal when you can have the pumpkin spice steel cut oats that A Pretty Life in the Suburbs dreamed up?

2. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This apple cinnamon oatmeal from The Yummy Life is hearty, healthy, and will give everyone the energy they need to power through the day.

3. Crockpot Brioche

You wouldn’t think that fluffy, buttery brioche is something you can cook up in the crock pot, but the Crepes of Wrath proves how totally wrong you are with this surprising, but simple recipe for crockpot brioche.

4. Apple Butter

This slow-cooked apple butter recipe from Brown Eyed Baker will fill your home with the simmering scent of apples and spice, gussy up your breakfast toast or English muffin, and also makes a great gift (mmm, apple butter in a jar!) for friends and family.

5. Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

The polar opposite of a quickie breakfast, this cbreakfast casserole recipe from Damn Delicious gets your day off to the hearty start it really deserves, with a hot slow-cooked meal that’s loaded with cheese, veggies, and sausage.

6. Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

One of the reasons breakfast casseroles are so rewarding is because they combine so much stuff you love. Family Fresh Meals totally gets that concept and turns it into reality with a slow-cooked breakfast casserole that has cheese, eggs, bacon, and hash browns… all in the same place.

7. Pumpkin Spice French Toast

A sweet, spicy, syrupy marinade is the trick behind Averie Cooks' cinnamon-and-pumpkin-infused French toast.

8. Blueberry French Toast

If you’ve ever had trouble deciding between french toast and blueberry pancakes, Deliciously Yum's slow-cooked blueberry french toast casserole will solve your problem once and for all.

9. Buffalo Breakfast Scramble

Ari's Menu upgrades eggs with her Buffalo chicken breakfast scramble. By incorporating an extra serving of protein and adding some savory deliciousness, she makes a complete meal from her crockpot.

10. Cheesy Hash Browns

Scramble, fry, or poach some eggs to serve up with Family Fresh Meals’ cheesy hash browns. Or just eat them alone.

11. Slow Cooker Baked Oatmeal With Bananas & Nuts

Yes, another oatmeal recipe. Foodie Crush's slow cooker oatmeal recipe is loaded with healthy, energy-boosting bananas and nuts, but also sweetened with that beloved oatmeal staple, brown sugar (and maple syrup, too, if you want.)

Images: Courtesy of Deliciously Yum; A Pretty Life in the Suburbs; The Yummy Life; The Crepes of Wrath; Brown Eyed Baker; Damn Delicious; Family Fresh Meals; Averie Cooks; Deliciously Yum; Ari’s Menu; Family Fresh Meals; Foodie Crush