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. this looks great . i need to try it. i ate oatmeal or granola every day for breakfast before going paleo. i’d love to have something like it again. :) (also fun to see someone with the same name!)

    • Your name is spelled so beautifully! It’s not every day I run into another “Leanne”! Enjoy the pudding :)

  2. Wow, this was really yummy! I didn’t have any apples so I used pears (peeled) instead, The sweetness of the pears just seemed to be a nice balance. I served it with sheep yogurt and some crushed walnuts on the top. If you haven’t tried this, I strongly recommend that you give it a shot.

    • Yum, I haven’t tried it with pears but I bet that’d be lovely. Thanks for the recommendation, Helen!

  3. This was absolutely delicious!!! I loved how sweet it turned out to be without having to add much honey. The entire crock pot lasted less than 12 hours – and there are only two of us!!
    Really enjoying your recipes. Thanks for posting so many tasty treats. It makes living without gluten and dairy a lot easier!

    • I’m so happy you liked the pudding, Farah! Glad that my recipes are helping you love your gluten-free + dairy-free life.

  4. This looks amazing, i cant wait to try it!! Just a couple questions….can i use dairy milk instead of non dairy? And can i replace chai seeds with something like flax seeds, as i have never heard of those. And i cant seem to find arrowroot powder there something primal that i can replace that with. Sorry for all the questions!!! Love you site!!

    • For the milk, yes the regular stuff will work fine. I’m not sure about replacing the chia seeds as that’s the main part of the recipe. You could try to replace with oats, but I’ve never done it. arrowroot can be replaced with corn starch or tapioca starch. Hope that helps!

  5. This sounds really genius. The topping looks divine! Who knew that slow cooking chia could produce such an effect? I’m in a breakfast rut right now so it looks like I’ll be giving this a try :)

  6. This looks so mouth watering all I want is to have some appear in front of me right now! I wonder if you could make this a single serving sans crock pot?

  7. i can’t believe how filling this is! but i’m not really a fan of the apple mush… i think i’m going to try again with pumpkin and pumpkin spices.

    i’ve been swapping in coconut flour for almond flour but the “crunchy toppings” are never crunchy… is there a better alternative?

    • That’s interesting, the apples shouldn’t have been mushy. They should still have a lot of their ‘form’ left. But pumpkin would work, too! Coconut flour really cannot give you that crunchy topping. If you’re not grain-free, quinoa flakes are a good alternative.

      • yeah, all that was left was apple peels and mush. but i’ll give the quinoa flakes a go, maybe the coconut made the apples mushy? thanks!

        • That’s so odd. The apples were still ‘together’ when all was said and done. If you’re going the same route next time, you may want to try decreasing the cooking time. Would love to know how quinoa flakes work out!