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 post from October, 2013, was updated with new photos and text.
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?
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.
- I’ve made monkey bread from scratch and using frozen bread dough. I haven’t tested either of those recipes in the crock pot, but there would most likely be a proofing time added to the baking time.
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!
- Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal from Around My Family Table
- Slow Cooker Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding from Cook the Story
- Pumpkin Oatmeal in a Crockpot from Peanut Butter & Peppers
- Crockpot Breakfast Casserole from Eat Drink Love
- 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
- Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal from Kitchen Treaty
A couple of things you may need to make this delicious Apple Monkey Bread recipe:
Apple Monkey Bread
An easy, hands off monkey bread recipe filled with diced apples.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins
- Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings
- Category: Bread, Breakfast
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: American
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.