Crock Pot Granola

>> Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cooking is not one of my gifts. However, there are a few simple recipes I have come across that I enjoy making, and my family enjoys eating. With two picky children, sometimes finding things they will eat can be difficult. So when I found this recipe for home made granola, I was thrilled when both of my children loved it! And lately granola has become a staple in our home, especially considering we can easily go through a box of cereal per week. With all the preservatives and sugar, not to mention the price, we've decided store bought cereal will be an occasional treat, rather than a daily indulgence. In fact, I've got some cooking right now! So here's the recipe...

  • 6 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

In your crock pot, mix oats and cinnamon. Stir in olive oil, honey, and vanilla. With lid cracked, cook oats on low 3-5 hours, or until granola just begins to turn golden brown. Once the granola is finished I usually pour it out on a baking sheet to cool, then store in an air tight container. I'm not sure how long the granola stays fresh; it doesn't usually last too long in our home. The girls like it with milk for breakfast, or dry as a snack. I think the longest it has ever lasted is 5 or 6 days, but as oats can be bought pretty inexpensively in the bulk department of our grocery store, it's a pretty economical food.

Tips and Hints:
  • Be sure to keep the lid cracked during the entire time you are cooking your granola. I usually stick a silicon spatula in the crock pot, to prop the lid open.
  • Stir the granola every hour or so, to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the crock pot. If your crock pot has hot spots, stir more frequently. Usually some granola will stick to the bottom of the crock pot, but I let it soak for a couple hours with hot soapy water after I empty it, and then it's a snap to clean.
  • If you like dried fruit or nuts in your granola, mix them in for the last 30 minutes. Raisins and dried cranberry's go well.
Well it looks like it's family movie time, so I'd better shut down the computer. I'm looking forward to granola for breakfast tomorrow! :-)

4 comments:

Anonymous November 20, 2008 at 9:22 PM  

Let me tell you, this recipe rules! It's the absolute best! Thanks for posting!

Anonymous November 20, 2008 at 9:23 PM  

Hey babe, this is yo mama! You can change the url to the Fluffy Comics to: http://fluffysays.blogspot.com/

I'm going to revamp the other one and put up Maynard Comics.

Love, Mom

Tesa November 23, 2008 at 8:06 PM  

My kids LOVE granola! I am going to try this TOMORROW!
I am so thrilled to find your blog! I'm adding it to my favorites! :) Just curious- How did you find mine?

E November 24, 2008 at 3:06 PM  

Hi Tesa, thanks for visiting! I hope your family likes the granola as much as mine does!

Since my DH has a Face Book page and I don't, every now and then he'll look for people I know. He ran across your BIL's page, and requested to become a friend. (Is that what it's called?) Then he saw your BIL has a blog, so DH sent me the link, and from there I found the link to your blog. Small world! :-)

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