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This Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice is a nice change from the standard oatmeal.  It’s studded with apples, spiced with cinnamon, and so comforting to eat on a cold winter’s morning!

Large bowl of Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice.

*Originally published December 2015. Recipe, photos, and text updated.*

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice

I know what you are thinking……

Rice…..for breakfast???

Just trust me on this. If you are tired of eating oatmeal try brown rice instead. Plus, it’s laced with cinnamon and allspice, and loaded with apples. The perfect warm bowl of comfort to start your day!

Some other Christmas morning breakfast ideas are Biscuits and Gravy Casserole, Gingerbread Pancakes (a family favorite!), or these Bean and Cheese Breakfast Tacos!

Two bowls of warm and comforting slow cooker cinnamon apple breakfast rice.

Slow Cooker Breakfast

Plus, you can put everything in your slow cooker the night before and program it to start 3 hours before you wake up. I love waking up to breakfast waiting for me to eat it!

And if you are worried about the butter sitting out overnight just leave it out and stir it in when the rice is done.

Milk being poured over Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice

Brown Rice– This can’t be replaced with other types of rice. I have tried some others with little success.

Apples– Use whatever apples you like. Also, you can leave the peel on or take it off. It’s whatever your preference is.

Apple Juice– I wanted to use apple juice to add more flavor instead of water.

Cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla– These all add warmth to the rice. Feel free to change up the spices. Clove and nutmeg are also nice in this dish.

Butter– This can be left out if you prefer. I just like it because it adds a touch of richness to the rice.

Two bowls of Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice garnished with fresh apples.

How to reheat this breakfast rice?

As this rice sits the thicker it will get. If you want it a little looser you can stir in more juice or milk.

Before you reheat it stir in a little more juice or milk. You can warm in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave.

Top down view of Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice topped with fresh apple slices.

Serving Suggestions:

  • If you are wanting some protein with this you could stir in some unflavored protein powder or greek yogurt or serve with some eggs.
  • Top with desired toppings such as granola, maple syrup, fresh berries, or chopped nuts.

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4.17 from 6 votes
Large bowl of Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice.
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 

This Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice is a nice change from the standard oatmeal.  It's studded with apples, spiced with cinnamon, and so comforting to eat on a cold winter's morning!

Course: Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast rice, slow cooker breakfast
Servings: 8
Calories: 302 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • cups (300g) brown rice, uncooked
  • 4 cups (945ml) apple juice
  • 4 apples cored and diced (you may peel them if you wish)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Additional toppings of choice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except butter, in a slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook on HIGH for 3 hours. Spoon into bowls and top with desired toppings.

Recipe Notes
  1. Make Ahead- Place everything in slow cooker and use the timer on your slow cooker to start cooker 3 hours before your are ready to wake up. If you are worried about the butter leave it out and stir it in when the rice is done.
  2. Do not replace the brown rice for other types of rice. 
  3. You need to know your slow cooker…I have had some readers comment saying it takes 6 hours to cook this rice. I have tested this dish NUMEROUS times and 3 hours has always been plenty for me. In fact, I like it a little closer to the 2 1/2 mark. 3 hours on HIGH in my crockpot almost makes the rice mushy. So just know your slow cooker and if it cooks on the slow side please allow more time. 
  4. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS BREAKFAST RICE

  • If you are wanting some protein with this you could stir in some unflavored protein powder or greek yogurt or serve with some eggs.
  • Top with desired toppings such as granola, maple syrup, fresh berries, or chopped nuts.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 336mg10%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

12 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice”

  1. 2 stars
    I’m at the 3-hour mark right now and it is looks like it has not cooked at all. I have a feeling it will be more like the 6-hour comment below. 🙁 I was hoping to cook it before I went to bed so it would be ready in the morning. (Slow cooker is new as of last Christmas, by the way.) Really bummed that I wasted all of these ingredients and time.

    Reply
    • I am so sorry! Can I just confirm if you were cooking it on high? I will retest this recipe again to see if I can recreate the problem. Sorry for your trouble.

      Reply
      • Yes, it was on high. I rechecked all ingreda few times before putting it in and followed all the directions to a T. I love the idea of this but not sure I will try it again.

        Reply
  2. 3 stars
    I made this for a work breakfast potluck. It took SIX HOURS for the rice to cook done. So I missed serving it to my coworkers. I was very upset. However, once it was cooked, it was very tasty.

    Reply
    • I am so sorry that happened!!! I have made this recipe several times and it has never taken longer than 2 1/2 hours for me. Can I ask how old your crockpot is? I had a really old crockpot and it didn’t cook as hot as my newer one. Again I am so sorry!

      Reply
    • Nope need to precook, just put it in the crockpot and let it do the work for you! Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

      Reply

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