Did you know you can cook granola in the crockpot? You totally can! It still gets crispy and golden brown, it just frees up your oven. This is helpful if you need your oven for other dishes, or it’s summertime and you want to keep the oven off, or you live somewhere overseas where you don’t have an oven.
I first read about the idea at Stacy Makes Cents. I tried it immediately, and was very happy with how it turned out – just like cooking it in the oven!
Most crockpot recipes are of the set-it-and-forget-it variety. This one is not. You need to stir the granola every 30 minutes, scraping the bottom well to prevent scorching. Although it takes longer to cook than if you used the oven, it is MUCH easier to stir in the crockpot. No more dumping granola all over the counter trying to stir!
5 C. rolled oats
1/2 C. sliced almonds
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
1 C. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 C. wheat germ
1/3 C. flax seed
1/3 C. chia seed (or another seed you like, such as pumpkin or sesame)
1/2 C. coconut oil, melted
1/2 C. real maple syrup
1/2 t. salt
(This is the same as my other granola recipe. Ingredients are the same, cooking method is different!)
1. Place all dry ingredients except salt in the crockpot. Mix together well.
2. Melt coconut oil, then stir in maple syrup and salt. Pour over dry ingredients in crockpot and stir together.
3. Place lid on crockpot, but leave cracked a little. You want the steam to escape so the granola gets crispy.
4. Cook on low for 2-4 hours. It really depends on how hot your crockpot cooks. Stir every 30 minutes, scraping the bottom well.
*Every time you stir the granola, when you replace the lid be sure to leave it cracked a little!
Granola is done when it’s lightly browned and crunchy. I generally cook mine after the kids are in bed at night. I cook for 2 hours on low, stirring every 30 minutes. It’s not quite done at 2 hours, so I switch it to the warm setting and leave it all night. Waking up to hot, crunchy granola is a real treat!
This post is shared at Kitchen Tip Tuesday at Tammy's Recipes.