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Apple Monkey Bread Crockpot Recipe

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Apple Monkey Bread is a delicious sweet treat, made easily in a slow cooker. This super easy monkey bread recipe is made with store-bought biscuits!

This crockpot monkey bread recipe will be the hit of your brunch! 

Apple Monkey Bread on a small white plate

Apple Monkey Bread

My family goes nuts for monkey bread or bubble rolls as we call them. Who doesn’t love gooey breakfast breads, especially when they’re spiced with cinnamon and studded with diced apples??? And what’s most amazing is that this Apple Monkey Bread is made in a slow cooker or crock pot. Two and a half hours of hands off cooking. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

Apple Monkey Bread on a serving platter

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Monkey Bread

These didn’t puff up as much as I expected, but for a minimal fuss recipe, made with canned biscuits, they are excellent. For all that I bake, I rarely eat more than a nibble. But see that plate in the top photo? That was for quality control and I made every morsel disappear quickly.

  • I could not find the original Pillsbury Biscuits when I went shopping, so I bought Pillsbury Grands instead. Both are available, but in case sizes change, go by the ounces instead. Look for for about 30 ounces of biscuits.
  • I found two packages that totaled approximately 32 ounces. They were Pillsbury Grands. If you find the original biscuits, use 4 packages which totals 28 ounces.
  • I cut each biscuit into quarters, then gently rolled them into balls. If you use the Grands, which are larger, feel free to cut them each into more pieces. They didn’t keep perfectly spherical when I tossed them with the sugar mixture, so rolling them is totally optional.
  • Tweak the spice mixture as you see fit. I’d definitely keep the amount of  cinnamon as is written, but add any of your favorite apple pie spices.
  • The lid of the crock pot will collect some condensation. Take care not to let any of the moisture drip onto the rolls when you remove the lid.
  • You can always line the lid with a couple layers of paper toweling before you start the cooking process. It’s also suggested that the monkey bread rest for 10 minutes before serving. At this point, you should add some paper towels between the lid and slow cooker.
Apple Monkey Bread on a white ceramic plate with a red handled fork

Collage of 9 breakfast dish photos below a text box


When my friends, Wendy of Around My Family Table, and Stephanie, of Eat Drink Love, invited me to participate in Crocktoberfest, I had to rack my brain for recipe ideas.  Plus, I’ve made a couple stews and pot roasts in my crock pot when I know I have a busy day ahead.

But a breakfast or dessert in a slow cooker seemed like a novel idea worth exploring. This Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole got my wheels turning and I thought a slow cooker breakfast would be a good excuse to dust off my seldom used kitchen appliance.

There are 10 recipes to check out today and I think you will love every one of them. My crock pot may find a permanent place on my kitchen counter after this massive influx of marvelous recipes!

A couple of things you may need to make this delicious Apple Monkey Bread recipe:

Cuisinart 6-Quart Crock-Pot

Wusthof 4192 Classic 6-inch Serrated Utility Chopper Surfer

This post from October, 2013, was updated with new photos and text in 2018.

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The Recipe: Apple Monkey Bread

An easy, hands off monkey bread recipe filled with diced apples.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Yield 12 servings


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • a few grates of fresh nutmeg or a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 (16 ounce) packages of Pillsbury Grands Southern Homestyle Original Biscuits or 4 (6 ounce) Original Southern Homestyle Biscuits
  • 1 1/2 cups diced, peeled cooking apples
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Spray inside of a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the sugar mixture in the bottom of the prepared slow cooker. Set the remaining sugar mixture aside.
  2. Cut each biscuit into quarters or even smaller pieces if you'd like. Add biscuits and apples to sugar mixture in the bowl, tossing to coat. Add mixture to slow cooker. Sprinkle with any remaining sugar mixture. In a small bowl stir together butter, apple cider, and vanilla; pour over biscuits.
  3. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 to 2½ hours or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Turn off slow cooker. Carefully remove lid so that condensation does not drip onto bread. Cover opening of slow cooker with paper towels and place lid on top. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of slow cooker, then move bread to serving platter. Spoon any topping from the cooker onto bread; cool slightly. Serve warm.


Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g


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73 comments on “Apple Monkey Bread Crockpot Recipe”

  1. Baking in a crockpot- who knew!? I keep seeing all these great crockpot recipes lately and I think it means I finally have to bite the bullet and buy one already.

  2. Monkey bread is one of those things i”ve been wanting to make for a while. Love that you added apples to yours!

  3. This looks amazing! I can almost smell it through computer

  4. Sounds gooey and good! Love that it has apple in it too:@)

  5. I adore this idea. I never would have thought of making monkey bread in a slow cooker. Love it!

  6. I cannot believe these were made in the crockpot! Perfect for brunch, these would smell so good.

  7. Okay, I would have never thought to make monkey bread in my crockpot! Such an awesome idea! I usually just use mine for dinner type meals too – but I really need to start branching out!

  8. This apple monkey bread looks incredible Liz! I am using my crockpot more now too since the weather has gotten chillier so I love any new crockpot recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Wow, how cool that you can make this in the crockpot Liz! I bet the aroma was amazing and how wonderful to have that kind of fragrance for two and a half hours! It’s so pretty too!

  10. Liz, I am so coming to your house for breakfast!!! What a great combination of flavors. I can only imagine how wonderful the cinnamon and apple smell is in your home while cooking this. I know this is a big recipe, but I’ll admit, I’d probably eat just about all of it! Awesome recipe!!

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