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Slow Cooker Breakfast Granola

My kids seem to be addicted to granola. If I had to buy it pre-packaged every week, I’d be bankrupt. Thankfully, I have several recipes for this crunchy, delicious and versatile treat. We use it to top yogurt or ice cream, add milk (cold or hot) to eat it as a breakfast cereal, and mix it with sweet and salty treats to make a trail mix. What I like about this recipe is that you can set it in the crockpot and let it cook for a few hours without heating up the house with the conventional oven during the summer months. The key is to slightly prop the crockpot open with a wooden skewer. This tiny opening lets the moisture out but keeps the heat inside the liner. Stirring the mixture every 30-35 minutes is also the key to success.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Granola

4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)

Spray the liner of the slow cooker with cooking spray. In a separate bowl, mix oats, vanilla, honey, syrup, and canola oil. Pour into prepared slow cooker.
Cook the granola on low for 2 1/2-3 hours, venting the lid slightly. ( I use a wooden skewer.) Stir mixture well every 30-35 minutes. Cook until golden brown and quite dry.
Pour the finished granola onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow to cool completely. Add pecans, cranberries, or raisins if desired. Store in an airtight container.



14 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Breakfast Granola

  1. Hello, I made this the other day, and for the first time I had success in making granola at home. Thank you for sharing!


    1. I am so happy to hear that it worked out for you! I love that it is kind of a no-nonsense recipe…just mix it up and throw it in the pot! All the best to you and thanks for visiting my site!


    1. It’s my family’s favorite granola recipe ( and I have quite a few). Just remember to put something in the lid area so that the steam can escape (I use a narrow wooden skewer). Stir frequently and it will turn out fantastic. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy!


      1. Hi, Linda! I have this in the crockpot now, using a wooden skewer from summer BBQ season to let the steam escape. I followed your recipe exactly, with the exception of adding some almond extract and spices (cardamom, ginger, nutmeg cinnamon) to the mix. 🙂 I am so excited. It is cold and windy here today and quite gray. I am happy to stay home and stir your delicious granola recipe! Best, Shanna


  2. I eat oatmeal raw ground up in milk for smoothies but I will be making this as soon as I get my crock pot back. I can’t wait. Thanks for telling the tips on how to do the crock pot so it turns out right.


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