Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Rice

  • 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 2 1/2-3 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.

    What to serve with this slow cooker breakfast?

    • 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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    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)
    • teaspoons cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon allspice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • Additional toppings of choice
    Instructions
    1. Combine all ingredients, except butter, in a slow cooker. Dot the top of the rice with the butter. Cover with lid and cook on high for 2½-3 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 2 1/2-3 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. 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.
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