I love this Overnight Granola Cobbler Breakfast. It’s so filling and healthy too. The best part is that’s it’s made in the slow cooker, so it’s ready when you wake up. Let the slow cooker do all of the work while you sleep. Come on in and I’ll share this recipe for Slow Cooker Apple and Granola Breakfast Cobbler Recipe…
This recipe has had me back in the testing kitchen more than a few times.
First, I received feedback that the granola was burning within a couple of hours in the slow cooker. I hated that this poor family’s breakfast was ruined due to a possible error in my recipe. The next week, I headed out to the stores to buy the supplies plus added another ingredient – juice. I liked the result. It didn’t mind that the granola took on the moisture of the apple juice. I liked the flavor and the bread pudding type texture.
But, then I received more negative feedback about the granola burning. Now, this is a problem. We can’t have granola burning in the slow cooker while people are fast asleep. I hate hearing that people are waking up to burnt granola.
So, I went back to the drawing board with this recipe. I researched slow cookers and granola and found out that granola does have a strong tendency to burn along the edges of the slow cookers. The sides of the slow cooker get way too hot for the granola that sits along the edge. They usually go from golden to black, within a couple of hours. Yuck!
My next step was to find a solution to this frustrating issue with granola burning all of the time. Where there is a will there is a way – that’s what I always say. Hence, the foil cake pan! There is a method to my madness – trust me. The foil will mold to whatever shape your crock pot is (mine is oval). The cake foil pan is deep enough to hold the granola and form a barrier between the hot sides of the slow cooker and the delicate granola.
I really need to buy a white slow cooker. My black one doesn’t help in giving you much of a visual, but this is the foil cake pan filled with granola and placed into my slow cooker.
The apples fit nicely too. I wanted to try the recipe without the added juice (which was only there to prevent the granola from burning in the first place), so I omitted the juice from my recipe, placed the slow cooker on low and baked the granola cobbler for 9 hours.
I watched that slow cooker like a hawk. I checked on the granola all day long and there was not even a little hint of them burning. The foil barrier is a success. As you can see the granola bits are a dark golden, but that is due to the melted butter and brown sugar caramelization.
Finally, here’s the recipe for Slow Cooker Apple and Granola Breakfast Cobbler RecipePrint
Slow Cooker Apple Cobbler
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 6-8 hours
- Total Time: 8 hours
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 1 foil cake pan inserted into the slow cooker
- 8 apples that have been cored, peeled and sliced up
- 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice
- 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp. of unsalted butter – melted
- 2 cups of your favorite granola
- Serve with more granola
- Heavy cream (the best) Half and Half, milk, or yogurt
- walnuts or any other type of nut
- Pour the granola into the bottom of the foil pan
- Mix the apples and lemon juice
- Add brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter to the apples – mix in
- Pour apples over the granola
- Cook 6-9 hours with the lid on and on low
- Take the lid off and fold the granola from the bottom of the pan into the apples
- Serve in bowls topped with heavy cream, yogurt or milk plus more granola (if you want a crunch) and walnuts
If you want a bread like texture from your granola, pour 1-2 cups of apple juice into the pan. It will fluff the granola up quite nicely into a bread pudding-like texture.