For the past year I have been consistently using the crock-pot to make my granola. I have found that making crock-pot granola saves me time since I don’t have to clean as many dishes (I mix the granola ingredients right in the crock-pot and don’t have to use a baking sheet), I make huge batches so I make the granola about once every 3 weeks, and it saves me money since store-bought granola costs A LOT of money! Plus I get to control the ingredients.
The original granola recipe I use is here which I have adapted for the crock-pot. In most of my menu plans I talk about making a quadruple batch of granola using two different crock-pots at the same time. So I thought it’s time to explain exactly what I do.
I always use a 6 quart crock-pot to cook the granola, and then I use either a 7 quart or a 4.5 quart crock-pot, depending which crock-pot I have out and/or available. I think the 6 quart works best for making granola because it gives enough room to stir, yet it’s a little less to clean then the 7 quart.
I am sharing the recipe I cook in one big crock-pot (4.5 quart or larger), so feel free to double it if you are going to use 2 big crock-pots, or halve it if you are using a 2-4 quart crock-pot.
- 8 cups organic rolled oats
- 3 cups chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans (I use 1 cup of each)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup honey (maple syrup for vegan)
- 1-2 cups unsweetened large flake coconut
- 1-2 cups dried cranberries (or dried fruit of choice)
- optional 3 T TriMix (1 T Wheat Germ, 1 T Wheat Bran, 1 T Oat Bran)
- Grease bottom and side of crock-pot with coconut oil.
- Place oats and nuts in the crock-pot, and stir.
- Heat coconut oil until melted (about 1 minute in the microwave).
- Pour coconut oil and honey over the oat mixture, and stir.
- Cover and cook on high with the lid slightly cracked (I use a popsicle stick).
- Stir every 15 minutes well, making sure you stir the granola off the bottom of the crock-pot well.
- Cook until desired (I usually cook it for 45 minutes to 1 hour, but you could go longer to get a more dried, golden brown look, about 2-2 1/2 hours).
- Stir in coconut flakes and dried fruit.
- Cool, and store in airtight containers for up to a month. **12/13 update: If you want an even crunchier granola, cool for about 3 hours in the crock-pot in the "off" position, stirring every hour or so before placing it in an airtight container.
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Have you made some crazy crock-pot recipes?