The Best Crockpot Granola

The Best Crockpot Granola from www.homewithpurpose.net

With a new school year about to start, I need to get our mornings organized so we can get what we need to accomplished. I am not a big, elaborate breakfast person, but I do want to feed my family something healthy!

One of our favorite quick and easy breakfasts is this crockpot granola. I’ve been making it for years. It’s the simplest, best, granola recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s absolutely delicious, takes literally minutes to throw into the crockpot, and makes the house smell WONDERFUL too!

I always double it, making part into bars, which make a great portable snack or quick breakfast-on-the-run. I adapted the original recipe I was given years ago to use coconut oil rather than canola/vegetable oil and added nuts. Any nut will work, I generally use walnuts, but have used both pecans and almonds as well. I like to add chocolate chips when I make it into bars. My source for the coconut oil and shredded coconut is Tropical Traditions. They have excellent products and great information on the health benefits.

My kids love to eat this just like regular cold breakfast cereal in a bowl with milk. It’s definitely a staple in our house…you couldn’t ask for a simpler to make, more versatile or delicious recipe.


Ingredients

5 cups rolled oats (follow these directions for soaking the oats first to maximize their nutritional value and digestibility)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup raw honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 cup chopped nuts, your choice (follow these directions for soaking the nuts to maximize their nutritional value and digestibility)

Instructions

Cook on low for 5 hours or until brown, stirring occasionally. Make sure you keep the cover on the crockpot slightly cracked. The more frequently you stir, the finer the consistency. If you prefer clumpier granola, stir less.

Add raisins, dried fruits, chocolate chips…whatever you desire. This is delicious as a hot or cold cereal, as a snack, a topping for yogurt, or made into granola bars.

To make into bars: combine 2 cups granola w/2 beaten eggs, put in a lightly greased cookie sheet, bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cut into bars and cool.

This keeps for several weeks in the refrigerator, and I bet it would freeze well too, but ours never lasts long enough for me to find out!

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  1. Oh, thank you for this!!! I can actually get all those ingredients, cheaply, and it will be easy to make. We've done store-bought granola and the kids love it, but this will be so much better!One question — how do you store it? Pantry? Or fridge? And how long does it keep? Thanks!!!

  2. Does it get crunchy in the crockpot?

  3. I've always wanted to make granola. Must try this.

  4. My husband is in Afghanistan. I was in the middle of putting a box together for him, but I will definitely put that on hold until I can get a batch of this granola made! We LOVE coconut oil, so I know he'll love this.Thank you for the recipe!Hallee

  5. I'm making some of this TODAY! I've been putting off making granola lately because of the work, but this sounds a lot less labor-intensive!

  6. This sounds so yummy! Just got my first jar of coconut oil and this recipe is on my list.

  7. Love this one! Will definitely have to try it out!!! Granola is a main addiction of sorts with Paul! He'd die without it. Ha! ;)

  8. GREAT!!! recipe for the slow cooker. YUMMY!!! YUM!!! Geri

  9. Thanks for the recipe! Sounds delicious, and in fact, I am going to attempt this tonight. I'll let you know how I did!

  10. I just LOVE that this recipe makes to different versions! I have been wanting to try both granola and granola bars, so this would be perfect. I'm bookmarking it for the near future.

  11. I love coming here for the recipe ideas – I am so going to try and make this…talk about way healthier than Cap'n Crunch! Thanks for posting

  12. Wow! I can't wait to try this! I love how easy it is to turn the granola into granola bars too – definitely going to make some this week! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  13. I love my mom's granola, but this is so similar that I bet I could do mine in the crockpot, too, and make it into bars! My bars currently have a crumbly problem. Do yours hold together well?Thanks for linking to the October Fest carnival!Katie

  14. I'm making it now. The house smells divine!! Thank you for the recipe!!Blessings!Cindy, Orlando, FL

  15. I just clicked over from Kitchen Stewardship. Thank you for this recipe. It sounds like my kind of recipe… EASY!!! Getting into this whole foods way of life has been a difficult transition because I have to spend more time in the kitchen than I care to. I think you just made it a bit easier for me. Thanks!!!

  16. I also just clicked over from Kitchen Stewardship. I think I will make this tomorrow. The only question I have is, the only oates I have on hand are quick oats, do you think that will still work…?

  17. i am excited about trying the granola. Thanks for posting.

  18. I did end up trying this a while back. I don't know if my crockpot is just too hot, but mine burned! I was trying to still less because I wanted it chunkier, so maybe I just need to stir more often even if it is finer. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Mine burned too. There was not enough oil. The mixture was too dry. It burned after only about 1 hour into cooking.

      • Hi Gina! This is definitely a recipe that you have to keep an eye on, especially until you figure out how it works with your particular crockpot. Newer crockpots cook MUCH faster than older ones, so it really does depend on the individual one you’re using. Making sure the lid is cracked and it’s stirred frequently is a must too. I’m sorry this batch burned on you. :( I occasionally still partially burn a batch if I let it go too long or forget to stir, so I know it’s frustrating.

  19. Greta…it may be the temperature of your crockpot. Some cook much hotter than others. I've found that the newer ones tend to cook faster. I'd just decrease the cooking time and watch it…it may take a little bit of experimenting.

  20. Just put the granola bar recipe in the oven. 2 cups plus 2 eggs was WAY not enough to fill my cookie sheet, so I greased two bread pans and ended up only using one. Some more details on your granola bar recipe would be fantastic! Thanks!

  21. Suni Ferrer says:

    It has been almost 2 years since we had any kind of cold cereal in our house. I made this super easy and yummy crockpot granola yesterday and now Sebastian is gobbling it up for breakfast with rice milk. This is a revelation! I used raw organic honey from Trader Joe's and Spectrum organic coconut oil. For nuts I used pecan pieces and pumpkin seeds (pepitas), and because of my son's wheat sensitivity I used gluten-free rolled oats. I messed up the temperature (on high for first 2 hours), so I noticed it started burning on the sides when I stirred, but then I switched to low and only took another hour to be done.

  22. Mmm, sounds like a yummy recipe! Mornings are chaotic in our household too, so this sounds right up our alley. I will pin for future use! Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  23. Just a heads-up…if you have a Crock-Pot with a stoneware crock, you might want to skip this recipe. I made it the other night for the first time and it cracked my crock! When I called the (wonderfully helpful) Crock-Pot customer service, they explained that they recommend that anything you cook in the slow cooker is 1/2-3/4 liquid. This recipe doesn’t have any liquid, really, since the oil and honey coats the oats. Anyway, since my crock was still under warranty, they are sending me a new one free of charge, but I’ll stick to making granola in the oven from now on!

    • Really Laurie? Wow…I’m sorry that happened to you! I’ve been making this in stoneware crocks for probably 10 years and I’ve never had an issue!

      • I just got my crock for Christmas last year…maybe the new ones aren’t made as well? Or maybe it’s because these kinds of things just tend to happen to me. I’m the girl whose breadmaker vibrated itself right off the counter! :)

  24. Hello, I was wondering with what I could substitute the coconut? Man thanks!

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