Gosh, second recipe post this week. I must be feeling domestic or something. I can’t eat granola, but Al can and he enjoys it every once in a while. But that stuff is expensive and is loaded with sweetener, even when bought organically (organic doesn’t always mean healthy folks, read those labels!).
I had all the ingredients in the house to make granola so I did some searching and learned that it’s easiest when made in the crock pot because the chances of it burning are much lower than when made in the over. So out came the crock pot and thus started my granola making journey. I followed this recipe and tweaked it a little as I didn’t have enough of each ingredient.
This recipe makes a LOT of granola. It will keep for a few weeks in an airtight container but I may also experiment with freezing it. Or Al will just eat a lot of granola for the next few weeks.
- 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1.5 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped nuts (your choice, I used sliced almonds)
- 3/4 cup coconut oil or butter (I used half of each because I didn't have enough of either!)
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1-2 cups other mix ins - dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc.
- Melt the coconut oil and/or butter in a small pan. Mix the honey in and stir well.
- Add the oats, flaxseed, coconut, and nuts to the crock pot and stir to combine.
- Add honey mixture, cinnamon and vanilla and stir until the entire mixture is coated with the liquid.
- Cook on low for 2-4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Be sure to leave the lid cracked a tad so air and moisture can escape, otherwise you'll have some soggy granola. Mine had burnt a little (a very little) right at the 2 hour mark so I didn't need much more time than that. Will depend on your crock pot though.
- Once cooled add in any additional dried fruit or chocolate.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge.
- Al tried it and said it was delicious and he's already had it twice with some yogurt. It made about two times the amount you'd buy in one box in the cereal aisle and it cost me nothing because I truly had every ingredient on hand already. Enjoy!