How to Make Granola in the Slow Cooker

Slow cooker granola? it’s fine! The easiest and simplest way to make granola is in your slow cooker. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon and nuts that fill your home as it becomes delicious without turning on the granola oven!

When it comes to granola, I call my husband The Best. Granola has breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack. That’s why we go through it so fast, and that’s why I fill my supply every Sunday so that the animals can be fed.

For a long time this meant cranking on the oven, the traditional way of making granola. And let’s be honest, that’s just a problem. It really is. So a better, easier way to make granola: slow cooker.

Why use a slow cooker for granola?

First of all, the method of baking in the oven does not really allow you to make large batches. If you cook granola on a sheet pan and pile it on a very thick layer, you only get granola which stays wet in the middle and burns on the outside.

Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. They, or you cook it in multiple batches but obviously, who has the time for that?

Second, during the warmer months, I really hate turning on the oven.

For these reasons, I prefer the slow cooker method for making granola.

How to use a slow cooker to make granola.

It’s a simple trick, really. The key is to leave the lid of the slow cooker slightly empty.

This allows moisture to go out and dry air to enter, essentially turning a slow cooker into an air dryer. All granola needs about 2 1/2 hours and a little attention every 20 to 30 minutes. Next, place the granola on baking sheets so that it cools quickly, add the dried fruit, and it’s ready.

If there is one downside to this procedure, it is that you will not find any large clusters of granola. You can thank the large amount of air flow and a few cycles of stir that you are doing, as well as the intense heat loss from the oven, cementing the oats with sugar. However, I doubt you will miss them because the end result is just as good.

If your family is full of granola beasts like mine, trust me when I say this prescription you need to control their appetite.

Granola correction work.

This version is more of a guide than anything else. I have used more or less oats or nuts depending on what is in my hand. The Beast, which has incurable sweet tooth, adds a quarter cup of brown sugar with dry ingredients if it needs a mid-week batch after using the weekly supply skin.

Dried fruits are also common, but if you have access to frozen dried fruit, I encourage you to use a slice of all-over granola. Also, since frozen nuts have almost zero moisture, it helps your granola keep the shelf stable longer than using regular dried fruit.

Frozen nuts are a little more expensive, so it’s okay if you want to use regular nuts. I switch between the two depending on my mood and always like the results.

Really, no matter what I’ve done to adapt the recipe, granola always comes out good. I’ve put some of my favorite variations at the bottom of the recipe, but feel free to make your own and let us know in the comments!

My Favorite Granola Variations!

  • Apricot-Raspberry Granola (pictured): 1 cup almonds, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots, and 1/4 Cup frozen dried raspberries.
  • Banana berry granola: Use 2 cups chopped walnuts. After cooking, add 1 cup dried or frozen dried blueberries and 1 cup chopped dried bananas.
  • Autumn Granola: Use 2 cups pecans and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves). Use maple syrup for the liquid mixture. After cooking, add 1 cup dried cranberries.
  • Sky Granola: Use 2 cups chopped raw pistachios, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon cardamom. Use honey for the liquid mixture and add 2 teaspoons of orange blossom water (1 tablespoon of orange zest, or 1 teaspoon of orange juice will work in a pinch).
  • Earl Gray Granola: Skip the cinnamon. Add 1 teaspoon of finely ground Earl Gray Tea with dry ingredients. Instead, use honey and add 2 teaspoons of orange zest to the liquid mixture.
  • Bird seed granola: Use 1 cup almonds, 1/2 cup peptus (pumpkin seeds), 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds. (I have used sesame and / or poppy seeds for this recipe, as well as hemp and chia seeds).
  • Tropical Granola: Add 1 teaspoon vanilla bean to dry mix. Add dried pineapple, kiwi, banana, mango, and / or papaya.
  • Cherry Almond Granola: Use 2 cups whole or chopped almonds. Add 2 tablespoons of almond juice to the liquid mixture. After cooking, add 1 cup chopped dried cherries.
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