Crock-Pot Apple Crumble Breakfast Pudding

Crock-Pot Apple Crumble Breakfast Pudding #paleo #grainfree #vegan

Shortly after I started food journaling, I learned that my body does much better on fats and proteins than carbohydrates like grains and legumes.

After making this realization, I was introduced; err more like fell, into a primal/paleo eating style.

4 days into it, I began missing big warm bowls of oatmeal.

8 days into it, I created big warm bowls of breakfast pudding.

8.25 days into it, I realized I’d never miss my oatmeal again.

Crock-Pot Apple Crumble Breakfast Pudding #paleo #grainfree #vegan

Is it okay if I say that I like this pudding more than oatmeal?


No sugar crash, pure energy, no sore belly, happy intestines, it’s just better.

If you love warm, easy breakfasts, you’re going to love this!

If that’s not enough, it freezes just as well as my any Crock-Pot oatmeal would, and it’s higher in fiber.

Dear Grains,

I don’t miss you.



Crock-Pot Apple Crumble Breakfast Pudding #paleo #grainfree #vegan


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Crock-Pot Apple Crumble Breakfast Pudding
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free
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Serves: 6
I just love this pudding and it’s crunchy cinnamon topping! It’s like having your breakfast oats, but without the heaviness of grains. Serve as a warm breakfast with a sprinkle of nuts or seeds a couple pieces of dried fruit, and a tall glass of almond milk!
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoon arrowroot powder *see note
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch himalayan rock salt
  • 5 large apples, sliced – do not peel!
Cinnamon Crunch Topping
  1. Mix milk, water, maple syrup, chia, arrowroot, cinnamon and salt at the bottom of your 3 quart Crock-Pot.
  2. Layer sliced apples over top and do not combine.
  3. Mix the crumble topping together in a large bowl. Using your hands, spread it over top of the apples. Cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours (I like the results of the lower setting, but either one works).
  4. Turn off heat, unplug, and let sit, covered, for one hour.
  5. Top with raisins and walnuts and enjoy!
If you don’t have arrowroot, no problem. I used it to thicken the pudding slightly so you could also probably use corn starch (non-paleo), potato starch (non-paleo), or tapioca starch.

Try adding your favorite protein powder to the mix to increase the protein content if required.


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Crock-Pot Apple Crumble Breakfast Pudding #paleo #grainfree #vegan

I wish I could just bottle this stuff up and take it on vacation with us! Alas, I’ll have to throw the leftovers in the freezer for when we get back.

Just 2 more days until we whisk away to the Dominican and I haven’t even thought about what I’m going to pack. There’s always tomorrow, right?

Do you prepare for trips days or weeks in advance or are you a last minute preparer?

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  1. I love the idea of using a crock pot for cooking breakfast! All nice and hot the next morning!
    It’s brilliant!

    I’ve done that in the past with steel cut oats, but I need to do it again!

    • Mmm yum! That looks awesome. Thanks Cami :) I’m totally going to try this!

  2. Can this be fixed in crockpot, cooled, and frozen, and then reheated in the oven in a corningware dish? Or better to be refrigerated?

    • It sure can! I made a batch, froze in individual containers, then placed a portion in a corningware dish and heated it for about 30 minutes at 350F. No problem!

  3. mmm.. I do an almond meal/flax meal mix in lieu of oatmeal- just like a package of instant oats (or at least as fast). Just a couple tablespoons of each with some cinnamon, pinch of salt, maybe some raisins and a live palm sugar or stevia- add hot water and there you go.. breakfast. You can even make a weeks worth of “instant packets” to store in your fridge..

    I’m going to be trying this, too..


    • We don’t have flax milk in Canada yet :( is it as good as everyone’s been saying it is?

      • Ugh I saw flax milk at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago and made a mental note to snatch some up the next week, and when I got there they had taken it off the shelves. Stopped carrying it! I guess that’s what I get for waiting :(

        • Oh no! I guess it wasn’t all that popular? Shoot.

  4. I don’t miss oats much either.. sometimes I long for a nice warm breakfast though, I love loveee the look of this although I would need to stock up on most of these ingredients. When I have a hankering for a comforting warm breakfast I’ll usually just make a big sweet potato and some scrambled eggs.

  5. This looks so wonderful! I am wondering you get up early to turn it on or do you have some sort of timer that automatically turns it on in the night? I’m not sure how to do this one without freezing it so that it is ready when I wake up! Delicious!

    • There are a couple of ways you can do it, Katie. My crock-pot has a built in timer, but you can also install a timer in the electrical outlet and set it to a specific time of day.

  6. This looks great! Do you know of any crock pot trick that would do this in the next 30 seconds? :-)

    I have become more organized with packing, since we have a little boy! I realized that if I make a little bag just for him, things are much easier to find. I need to be done with packing the night before, otherwise there is some dark force that gets over me and makes me go into a panic…:-)

    Have a wonderful time in Dominican Republic!

    • If I figure out how to make my crock pot go on the “faster than the speed of light” setting, I’ll let you know! I bet you could use a pressure cooker, if you have one around!

      • I opted to delay gratification and go for the “low” setting of the crock pot, but we started nibbling and finally eating half of it 3 hours into it….SO good.

        You were right about the grains. I’ve always loved the “mushy” type of breakfast, but didn’t realize one could get that “feeling” with other things than oatmeal.