I was so excited when offered the chance to try out the Billyboil Thermal Cooker. I could finally try out slow cooker recipes, while not inflaming my fear of leaving things cooking unattended. The Billyboil insulated outer pot keeps food hot once it has been heated on the stove. No leaving cookers plugged in to the wall and the added bonus of saving on electricity. Given what is happening with electricity prices, anything that helps keep these down is definitely worth investigating.
I was hunting for slow cooker stew type recipes to try out in the Billyboil and for some reason this apple granola crumble from Vegan in the Freezer popped up in the lineup of possible recipes on pinterest. Not quite sure how that happened but I ain’t complaining as this recipe is fabulous. I figure how can you possibly go wrong with the combination of warm apple and cinnamon. Apple crumble and apple pie are two of my favourite desserts and the idea of having hot apple for breakfast was very very tempting. Especially if I could at least pretend it was healthy. Not that it is unhealthy as such, I just don’t put granola nor maple syrup high up on the healthy eating list. At least not when compared to things like kale and broccoli and other good for you green things.
It is very unlikely any of those green things are going to make it on to my breakfast plate – I will eat them for dinner but can’t go there for breakfast. And it is healthier than say that pain aux raisin I have been admiring at the local bakery and which I ate on a very regular basis when on holiday in France last year.
I didn’t try and reduce this recipe as the idea of hot apple for three breakfasts was just too enticing.
The original recipe is vegan but I used normally butter rather than a vegan butter. I just don’t keep vegan butter in the house but if you do I am sure this would be just as fantastic in its original form.
Like with the sloppy joes I made, the apple granola crumble was not piping hot at the end of its 6 hours in the Billyboil but this wasn’t an issue for me as I had made it to go in the fridge to be microwaved as breakfast for the next few days.
To make this in the Billyboil, I just popped all the ingredients in to the inner Billyboil pot and cooked the ingredients for half an hour on a medium stove. I then left everything to stew for 6 hours. I am not sure what the texture of the recipe should be, but I love that the apple came out still slightly crunchy but the granola had softened beautifully.
I popped the mixture in to three microwave safe containers and then the next day warmed up a serve for a couple of minutes. It was like happy dessert time for breakfast.
The Billyboil itself feels well made and not flimsy at all. There is very little on it that could break and I can see it lasting. It was easy to clean after making this recipe.
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