Cooking Time:2 hours
Ingredients5 c. old fashioned, rolled oats (GF - Gluten Free)
3/4 c. raw honey
3/4 c. butter, melted
1 T. flax seeds
1/4 c. slivered almonds
1/4 c. raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 c. raw sunflower seeds
1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
1/2 c. raisins, dried cranberries or GF chocolate chips
GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT!
Granola is so versatile, healthy, and hearty! I like using this granola over plain yogurt, as a cereal, or even a late-night snack. A note about oats: Oats are gluten free however there could be issues with cross-contamination if they are grown near wheat in the field. If you truly need gluten free for health reasons, be sure the oats you buy say “gluten free” on the packaging to be safe. These are the oats I use for this recipe.
NOTE: This is a flexible recipe so alter it to your liking or to incorporate what you have on-hand. As a rule of thumb, you should add a total of 1 & 1/4 cup of your chosen combination of dried fruit & nuts.
- Assemble all dry ingredients, and add to a 4 quart or larger crock.
- Melt butter in microwave or on stovetop and stir in honey until well combined.
- Pour honey-butter over oat mixture in crock.
- Toss to coat well.
- Cover but keep lid cracked to allow steam to escape.
- Crock on HIGH 2 hours, stirring often. (it can burn if you don’t stir enough)
- Keep an eye on the granola to make sure it is not burning!
- Spread granola out on cookie sheets to cool then store in an air-tight container.
- Makes about 7 cups of granola. (21 – 1/3 cup servings)
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I make my own granola in the oven every week. I can’t wait to try it in the crock pot!! Thanks.
But wouldn’t you need to spread it on a cookie sheet As the photos shows and then bake it longer in the oven otherwise I think it would be sticky and gummy. The photo looks like it’s been browned from baking –I just didn’t see any further instructions after it being placed in the crockpot and stirring. it I love to make some but would prefer mine on the crunchier side. Have enjoyed lots of recipes that you have shared appreciate it
Hi Alison, thanks for your question. When I tested this recipe, I was quite surprised how brown my granola was. I used double the honey and butter, so I think that helped. You could certainly “finish” the granola in the oven if you like. I didn’t feel it was necessary; however, I did cool it out on a cookie sheet after crocking.
Does it have to be steel cut for this recipe to work, or can I delve into the huge bag of organic old fashioned oats I have left over from a sensory playdate 🙂
Hi Charla. You can certainly use whatever oats you have on hand, however, if you are following a gluten-free diet, make sure the oats are “certified gluten free.”
Then you just stick in a plastic storage container (?) in the fridge (?) about how long will it keep? I don’t want to have to get up 2 hours early so I can have this for breakfast. 🙂
Amy if it is already cooked you would only need to warm it up as you need it. So you could make it the night before, refrigerate, and then warm up what you need. Hope this helps!
Do you have to use butter, or would coconut oil work?
Ashley make this recipe your own, I am sure the coconut oil would work fine, just like rolled oats, as long as they are Gluten-Free. Just make sure the rolled oats say GF on the label. Enjoy and Happy Crocking!
You’re doing this with steel-cut instead of rolled? Every other recipe I’ve found seems to use 5 cups of rolled oats instead, and (at least by the Bob’s Red Mill packaging) this is going to be almost 2 pounds of oats vs around a pound with rolled oats. With so little moisture I’m afraid this is going to turn out to be kind of like Grape-Nuts more than granola. Are you measuring cups by volume or by weight/mass, and are you actually using 1+1/3 bag of oats per batch? Steel cut are 44g per 1/4 cup, where rolled are 48g… Read more »
Hi Alan, your question has me realizing that I need to make some modifications to this recipe. I have modified it some already, but I am making it again to see if I need to make further modifications to the recipe. Thank you so much for your post, as I want everyone to enjoy all the recipes. 🙂
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