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Did You Know You Can Make Homemade Granola In The Crockpot!

For a long time I thought making homemade granola was scary. All the recipes I saw had a ton of ingredients, and it involves the oven.  Ovens are scary.  And hot.  I finally had to start doing it when we were going dairy free for for my daughter because every single cereal in the store had at least whey in it.

Ever thought about making your own homemade granola? Did you know that it's SUPER easy to do? It's especially easy when you make granola in the crockpot!

I cook like I garden, haphazardly.  So the awesome thing about the crock pot is you can have it cooking slowly while you run around like crazy.  You can take care of other things around the house and only stir occasionally.  Because believe me, hovering over the oven, waiting for the granola to turn the perfect shade of light brown is a recipe for disaster.  Especially if you have small kids!  The margin of error is so much more forgiving for crockpot granola!

Since then it’s become so easy I don’t even measure the ingredients anymore. You can be a little flexible on your ingredients and go based on what tastes good for you. This is what my crockpot granola recipe looks like right now (with baseline amounts in case you need them):

Super Easy Homemade Granola In The Crockpot

a bunch of rolled oats (3 cups ish)
a stick or two of butter or coconut oil (about 1/2 a cup)
a big handful of almonds (1 cup)
a big glug of honey (equal to the amount of butter or oil)
a large shake of cinnamon (1/2 a teaspoon or more!)

Chop up the almonds. Melt the butter or coconut oil. Mix all the ingredients together in the crockpot, add more oats if it’s really moist.  Cook in the crockpot for about an hour then start stirring every few minutes until the oats are more crunchy then chewy. (You could always skip this part and forget about it for a few hours and have really really really crunchy granola plus a nice charred granola chicken treat on the bottom of the pot).

I now understand why everyone used to tell me granola is super easy to make.  Because it is!  If you are looking for a super duper easy to make granola recipe, then you really should try this one.

You Can Still Make Granola In the Oven

If you don’t want to bother with a crockpot, it’s still super simple to bake your granola in the oven. I started doing this more and more and it’s just as simple as in the crockpot. Spread it in a thin layer onto a cookie sheet. Bake it at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. It should be lightly toasted and golden brown when it is done.

Don’t Make Things Harder On Yourself

When you are doing things from scratch and trying to grow your own food and raise animals, life can get really busy super fast.  Heck life gets really busy super fast even if you DON’T do any of that stuff.  That’s why I’m a fan of super easy recipes.  If you liked making granola, perhaps you’d like to try my super easy peanut butter fudge recipe next!

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Thursday 17th of February 2022

what proportions did you use? cups of oatmeal Setting on slow cooker.

I love this idea. Beats burning it in the oven when I get sidetracked. I also like the control of using things that I know not some of the mystery ingredients in store brands


Thursday 17th of February 2022

I do it really based on sight. But it's about 3-4 cups of oatmeal and then cook it on low.


Thursday 17th of February 2022

Do you cook it on low or high?


Thursday 17th of February 2022

On low


Thursday 17th of February 2022

Do you leave the lid on or off? I haven't made granola since I moved into our RV as it doesn't have an oven. I HAVE to try this. Thank you!


Thursday 17th of February 2022

I put the lid on, but take it off frequently to stir.


Sunday 24th of January 2016

Thank you for this lovely recipe! I made mine in a Ninja. It turned out great! If you haven't heard of the Ninja you should check it out! It has a stovetop function with 3 settings, slow cook with 3 settings, and you can bake with a dial setting the oven temperature. I homestead like you cooking all meals from scratch. I cannot tell you how many meals have come out of this machine! It is almost like a game to me--what can I cook up in this Ninja today! I really bought this over the traditional crockpot so I could bake food in the summer without roasting us out of the house! I know you said space is a premium, but this tool will earn its keep! I made my granola with dried bananas, currants, coconut and sunflower, I used 4 cups oats. I added one stick butter, about the same in coconut oil, maybe a 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 honey (from our bees), and a couple dashes of vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, and maybe 1/2 tsp sea salt. It took about 40 minutes in the Ninja on bake at 275 degrees. I removed it and spread out on baking sheets to cool. Husband had a bowl right away. Always nice to make something special for him! Thank you again!


Thursday 17th of February 2022

@Krista, Did you use butter and coconut oil? Good idea to add the peanut butter.

Kathryn @ Farming My Backyard

Monday 25th of January 2016

The Ninja sounds neat. Our crock pot is on its last leg so I'll have to check it out. Your granola sounds super yummy! You can never go wrong with peanut butter!

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