Slow Cooker Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, My Dear Friends. Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I welcome you to my slow cooker recipe for Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding. I’m also sharing links to breakfast slow cooker recipes from some of my favorite bloggers who are part of #Crocktoberfest2013.

Slow Cooker Recipe: Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding

I’m a skeptic when it comes to slow cooker recipes. I never believe they’ll turn out as expected. Really? Put the ingredients in there and walk away? When I come back it will be dinner? Are you sure?

I spend the 6-8 hours while dinner cooks whirling with frantic doubts wondering if I’ll have to order pizza when dinner is ruined.

I’m amazed with the results every time.

When I signed up for the Food Blogger Slow Cooker week, I decided to challenge my inner slow-cooker-skeptic by making a breakfast. (Imagine how badly I slept due to all those nightmares of our ruined breakfast filling my head).

It did take a few tries (and a few sleepless nights) to get the breakfast pumpkin bread pudding right. But in the end, this slow cooker recipe amazed me as much as all those dinners have.

You layer bread with an easy batter in the slow cooker, cover it, put it on low and let it cook. You wake up to a house that smells like pumpkin pie. And then you eat breakfast that tastes like pumpkin pie.

Amazing, right?

Slow Cooker Recipe: Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding #SlowCooker #recipe #breakfast

Important note: When making this slow cooker recipe, use a slow cooker liner (or be prepared to scrub!)

Slow Cooker Recipe: Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Put this bread pudding together the night before* and when you wake up your house will smell like pumpkin pie. This is meant to be a breakfast recipe and so isn't very sweet. If you would like it sweeter, increase the brown sugar to 1 and 1/4 cups. I like to serve this bread pudding for breakfast with a drizzle of whole milk or cream. For dessert, a scoop of vanilla ice cream is lovely.


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 7.5 ounces canned puréed pumpkin (that's 1/2 of a 15 ounce can)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 (16 oz.) loaf of sliced cinnamon bread


  1. In a medium bowl lightly beat the eggs with a whisk and then add the milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, pumpkin pie seasoning, vanilla and salt. Whisk until just combined.
  2. Rub the butter along the bottom and all around the sides of [url:1]a 3 quart slow cooker like this one I've linked to here[/url]. Spoon 1 cup of the egg batter into the slow cooker. Lay 3 slices of bread in a single layer onto the batter in the slowcooker, overlapping the bread slightly so that they fit. Add 1/2 cup more batter and then 3 more slices of bread. Continue until you have used up all the bread. Pour remaining batter over the top.
  3. Turn the slow cooker to low, cover it and let it cook for 7-8 hours. Remove lid and, leaving the slow cooker on, for 20 minutes to evaporate some of the moisture.

*Consult your slow cooker's safety instructions to ensure that you can leave it running unattended overnight. I don't really like having anything running while we're asleep, and I urge you to be cautious when doing so and to do it at your own risk.

I’ve teamed up with some of my friends to bring you a great list of breakfast slow cooker recipes today.  There are 10 amazing recipes to check out and I think you’ll love every one of them. If you love slow cooker dishes, then check out the hashtag #crocktoberfest2013 on facebook, twitter, and instagram to find all the other recipes that will be shared throughout the week.

Some of the best breakfast slow cooker recipes around. These are all easy and delicious

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal from Around My Family Table
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole from Eat Drink Love
Pumpkin Oatmeal in a Crockpot from Peanut Butter & Peppers
Apple Monkey Bread from That Skinny Chic Can Bake
Crockpot Creamy& Savory Coconut Rice from Curry and Comfort
Crockpot Southwest Breakfast Casserole from Cookie Monster Cooking
Slow Cooker Ham & Swiss Fritata from 365 Days of Crockpot
Sunday Slow Cooker Hashbrown, Ham, & Spinach Casserole from Slender Kitchen
Crockpot Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal from Kitchen Treaty


I’d love it if you’d help me get over my slow cooker skepticism even more by telling me about a slow cooker recipe that amazes you. Head down to the comment section to fill me in.


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35 Responses to “Slow Cooker Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding”

  1. DeAnn — October 7, 2018 @ 12:28 pm (#)

    Not good.  I liked the texture. And the cooking time was perfect.    The flavors just didn’t work together. Nothing stood out as yummy.  

  2. Bash — November 1, 2013 @ 8:36 am (#)

    Thank you for your reply to my comment about the College Inn ad. I am not looking at the recipe on a computer but on an IPad. Today the College Inn ad is not blocking the recipe, but a notice for for a Silver Dollar Sandwich recipe is blocking it instead. The ad does not change size and is just a sliver, but you cannot read one line of the recipe, which is the line for the milk. As I mentioned above, I hit the refresh button and briefly saw the ingredient.

    • Christine Pittman — November 8, 2013 @ 2:41 pm (#)

      Ah! I think it must be that trial I mentioned. I’m going to let them know about it. Thanks again for your feedback. It helps so much to know when there’s sn issue on my site. Best, Christine

  3. Robin — October 20, 2013 @ 6:43 pm (#)

    I would love to see this recipe but because of you a popup add that comes up in the middle of the recipe I can’t read it.

    • Bash — October 29, 2013 @ 3:47 pm (#)

      If you click the refresh button you will briefly be able to read that the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups milk before that College Inn ad comes back and blocks everything out. I will probably try the bread pudding recipe, but am less inclined to ever try anything out out by College Inn. Ads on blog sites are perfectly OK with me, but ads that cover an important part of the site are not and I tend not to come back to the site or the product being advertised.

    • Christine Pittman — November 1, 2013 @ 8:21 am (#)

      Hi Bash,
      Thanks so much for letting me know about this issue. I’ve just looked on three different browsers and I don’t see the problem. I’m going to give it a try on another computer. It would be helpful if you could tell me, was it a small ad within the recipe that got bigger when your mouse went past it? I’ve only recently put ads on my blog and am learning about how to do it correctly. I’m part of a trial with BlogHer for putting ads within the recipes. I’m wondering if that is the problem. Thank you again for letting me know, I truly appreciate it.

    • Christine Pittman — November 8, 2013 @ 2:49 pm (#)

      Robin, I am so sorry. I’m taking part in an ad trial with BlogHer. There is clearly a glitch, if you don’t mind, could you trll me what you were viewing thd recipd on (browser, ipad, etc) so thaf I can pass on be feddback snd make sure it doesn’t happen again.

  4. Pam Gurganus — October 15, 2013 @ 5:38 pm (#)

    I’ve been very leery of trying this type of recipe in the slow cooker due to all the negative reviews and comments I’ve read….quite frankly, it’s scared me off. BUT….I love pumpkin, bread pudding AND my slow cooker! I have to give this a try! My question is, I wouldn’t be serving this as a breakfast dish, but as a dessert, so I would increase the amount of brown sugar per your suggestion for a sweeter variation. Do you think I could double all the ingredients for my 7 quart oval slow cooker? And if so, would I have to lengthen the cooking time? Thanks for the recipe and for your help!

    • Christine Pittman — November 8, 2013 @ 2:52 pm (#)

      Pam, I don’t think you could simply double it. The outer edges of the pudding end up browned by the time the middle cooks. I’m pretty sure that if the pot was bigger and there was a larger amount of contents, the edges would burn before the center was cooked. If I needed to do a larger amount, I would consider baking it in the oven. If you do try it though, I’d love to find out how it turns out.

  5. phyllis — October 15, 2013 @ 4:03 pm (#)

    This sounds delicious, and I would love to wake up with the pumpkin pie aroma throughout the house. You have me wondering how the traditional bread pudding would work in the crock pot for an easy no fuss dinner dessert.

  6. Cindys Recipes and Writings — October 15, 2013 @ 5:28 am (#)

    This bread pudding looks so good, Christine. I’ve never used slow-cooker liners, I must try them! Thanks for the recipe and tip!

  7. Betsy @ Desserts Required — October 14, 2013 @ 8:18 pm (#)

    I am so jealous of how incredible your house had to smell when you woke up to this delicious looking bread pudding! YUM!!

  8. Ramona — October 14, 2013 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    Wow… this looks fabulous!! My mother and hubby both adore bread pudding… I am keeping this recipe for them especially. :)

  9. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 14, 2013 @ 1:51 pm (#)

    I really love this, Christine! What a treat! I love using my slow cooker for dinner, but having to leave it on overnight definitely made me nervous as I knew I wouldn’t be checking my recipe to make sure it wasn’t overcooking!

  10. Wendy | Around My Family Table — October 14, 2013 @ 12:12 pm (#)

    Oh wow Christine! I just love this recipe. I’ve never made bread pudding, but I’m gonna try this one. I second the idea for using the crockpot liners…they are life savers!

  11. Ruthy @ Omeletta — October 14, 2013 @ 12:12 pm (#)

    This is the second crockpot recipe I’ve seen where something was baked in the crockpot- and how on Earth did I NOT know that was possible!? This bread would be so perfect to wake up to! I don’t own a slow cooker (yet!) but I really think it’s time to invest.

  12. Ashley — October 14, 2013 @ 9:59 am (#)

    Whoa, this looks so good! Especially with the cinnamon bread in it! And the pumpkin is just perfect for this time of the year : )

  13. Liz — October 14, 2013 @ 9:24 am (#)

    Who wouldn’t want breakfast that tastes like pumpkin pie??? This sounds amazing!

  14. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 14, 2013 @ 8:07 am (#)

    OMG! I am so drooling right now!! Pumpkin and Cinnamon Bread! Your a genius! I love this recipe!!


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