Ever since giving up store-bought cereal, granola has become a staple in our house. In the past 5.5 years, we have made at least one batch of granola weekly in our house. Our recipe is tried and true, but it does have one downfall in the summer – it requires the oven.
This month for the Secret Recipe Club I was assigned to Erin’s beautiful blog - Table for Seven. Her recipes look amazing – including this delectable Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread, and this savory Taco Pizza!
But, what really caught my attention was a recipe for granola, made in the crockpot! If it worked, this could be huge. No hot oven during the middle of July?! Sounds like a winner to me.
I adjusted the recipe a bit, and the first time I made it made just the ingredients listed below. Time number two through, I doubled the ingredients. The third time (yes, I’ve made more the 20 C of granola this month), I used our favorite brown sugar granola recipe and cooked it in the crockpot.
All times – it was a success.
Crockpot Granola – Adapted from Table for Seven
- 5 C Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/4 C packed brown sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 3/4 C applesauce
- 2 T honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- pinch of salt
In the base of your crockpot, combine 5 C oats, 1/4 C packed brown sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Add a pinch of salt and stir well.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together 3/4 C applesauce, 2 T honey, 1 tsp. olive oil and a splash of vanilla. Stir well.
Pour over the oat mixture and stir well to coat.
Don’t give up stirring too soon! I found a wooden spoon was really the best for stirring and it took a good couple of minutes before it was fully moistened.
Turn the crockpot onto low and cover, but leave the cover ajar.
Cook on low/medium for 5-7 hours, stirring every 30-45 minutes.
Remove the cover and allow the granola to cool completely.
Add mix-ins, if desired: craisins, dried apples, chocolate chips/chunks, coconut, dried cherries!
Store in an airtight container.