January 22, 2013

Slow Cooker Brown Betty

I am taking full advantage of the unusually chilly nights we’ve been having.

Specifically, by making warm desserts to enjoy after quick, weeknight dinners.

I think I’ve only had apple brown betty once a few years ago as part of a pre-fix dinner menu, and I remember how warm and spiced it was. Exactly what I was craving.

I did a little internet digging and found that apple brown betty is a simple combination of bread, spices, nuts, and apples. Perfect, I can handle that and make it even easier- place it in a slow cooker so it’s ready by the time I’ve prepared and cleaned up dinner.

apple brown betty

It really couldn’t be easier. Prep your ingredients in less than 10 minutes, place them in your crock pot and it’s ready after dinner!


Don’t have a slow-cooker? No worries. Place the ingredients in a casserole dish and bake in the oven.

apple brown betty

In a large bowl combine 1/3 cup real maple syrup, 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger & 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg


Add 4 cups of chopped bread.

apple brown betty

Toss to coat.


In another bowl, combine 3 cups chopped apple, 1 chopped banana, 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/3 cup brown sugar & 2 tbsp. spiced rum.


Spray the inside of the slow cooker with non-cook spray. Place 2/3 of the bread mixture in, top with 2/3 of the apple mixture, the remaining bread mixture and the rest of the apple mixture.


Cover and cook on high for 60-75 minutes.

Serve with ice cream!



Slow Cooker Brown Betty

  • Author: Alex @ DK
  • Yield: 6 -8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


Apple brown betty is a simple combination of bread, spices, nuts, and apples and since this one is made in the slow cooker, it’s perfect even on a busy weeknight!

  • Author: Alex @ DK
  • Yield: 6 -8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Alex @ DK
  • Yield: 6 -8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 cups bread, cubed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 apples, chopped
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. spiced rum


  1. In a large bowl, combine the maple syrup, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla extract. Add the cubed bread and toss to coat.
  2. In a separate bowl, toss together chopped apples, banana, brown sugar, walnuts, and rum.
  3. Place 2/3 of the bread mixture in the slow cooker, followed by 2/3 the apple mixture, rest of the bread mixture and the remaining apple mixture.
  4. Cook on high heat 60-75 minutes.
  5. Serve with ice cream

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    1. Kale
      January 22, 2013 AT 5:14 pm

      Looks delicious!!

    2. Hannah
      January 22, 2013 AT 2:41 pm

      What a perfectly comforting, no-hassle treat! I actually have an electric multicooker, but have never yet used the slow cooker function. It’s always been about the quick-cooking features of a pressure cooker that attracted me to it, but now I’m dying to see how it does with a longer cooking recipe. Besides that, there’s always some stale bread on the counter or in the freezer, so this would be a perfect way to clean up a bit! 😉