Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I have never made my own granola, but from everything I've looked at, it burn extremely quickly in the oven!  Well, thank goodness for the slow cooker!  It doesn't burn anything fast!  I overcooked my granola slightly, but that's because I've never made it before and had no idea what to expect!  However, it didn't stop it from being delicious.  It's just a little extra crunchy! :)

If you buy pre-chopped nuts, you will save yourself a lot of time here. (Almonds are not fun to chop up)  Or, if you have a food processor, throw them in there!  UGH!  It took me forever to chop up the almonds!  Never again!  I will drag out the food processor!

I added all things that sounded good to me, but you go ahead and add whatever you would like, substitute things, or add/delete things!

This granola is very versatile!  I'm using it with a Apple and Pear Breakfast Cobbler tomorrow, I had it as cereal this morning with milk, it would be great with yogurt and awesome with Ice Cream!

I used a 3 Quart Slow Cooker, but it would have cooked better in a 5 Quart or larger Slow Cooker.  Also, you need to stir this frequently, so it's not a leave it while you're at work recipe!


6 cups Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flax seed
1 cup craisins
1 cup dehydrated apples, chopped
1 cup apple butter (you find this by the PB&J)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup

Place all ingredients the dry ingredients in a bowl.
and stir.

Mix together the apple butter, honey and maple syrup.

Spray your slow cooker insert with non-stick spray.
Pour your granola mixture in there.
Pour the apple butter mixture on top.

Mix thoroughly!

Cook on LOW with the lid vented for 4-6 hours stirring frequently until browned and slightly clumpy.
(It won't clump a whole lot)


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  1. ok, i'm really excited to try this because i too have always been nervous about making my own. does it have a maple taste to it though? I know its weird, but i can't stand the smell or taste of maple syrup.

  2. it didn't have a maply taste at all, but feel free to use all honey instead!

  3. Where did you find the dehydrated apples? I tried to find them at the store yesterday, but couldn't. Thanks!

  4. They were in the produce section on an end display with dried cherries of every kind. Mine happened to be organic, but choose any dried fruit you want!

  5. I have made granola in the dehydrator before, but not the crockpot, interesting way to do this.

    1. And i'm the opposite of you, Diana! I don't have a dehydrator, so that would be an interesting way for me ;) I hope you give it a try! It's really a wonderful way to make it!