Friday, August 28, 2009

Food Fun Friday-Crock pot Granola

Crock pot GranolaFeel free to switch around ingredients depending on your family's tastes/wishes.

The Ingredients.

- 5 cups oats
- 1/4 cup honey * (see note below)
- 1/4 cup melted butter * (see note below)
- 1 T flax seeds
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used raisins and cranberries)

The Directions.

Put all the dry ingredients into your crockpot. You'll need at least a 4 quart.

Melt the butter in the microwave, and add. Add the honey. Toss well.

*note: if you add this amount of honey and butter, the granola will be cereal-like, and not trail-mix like. If you'd rather the granola clump together in pieces, you'll need to add more honey and butter. I tried it with the honey and butter doubled (1/2 cup each) and it still didn't clump much--so if you'd prefer your granola that way, you'll need to add at least 3/4 cup of honey. yum yum

Cover, but vent with a chopstick. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring every so often. (important)

If you can smell the granola cooking, go stir. It will burn if you don't keep an eye on it. But it won't burn as quickly as it does in the oven!

Dump out on some parchment paper and let cool. Eat with milk like cereal, warmed with milk like oatmeal, or as is. Seal well in an air-tight container.

This is a new one from Recipezaar. You don't have to cook it........... but it doesn't exactly sound low-cal...

Trail Mix:
1 cup salted peanuts
, roasted and blanched
1 cup tart dried cherries
, pitted
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup whole cashews
or cashew halves, roasted
1 cup salted
whole almond, roasted
1Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix well.
2Keep stored in airtight container.
3Great for traveling, parties, kids' snacks, etc.

Mr. Produce brings his box of quiches ( see here) to work to eat during is morning break --at 6am-- everyone wants some.. Well one bachelor guy paid me 10 buck to make him some for next week! cool eh? Martha Stewart watch out!

3 Wonderful People Who Commented:

Lisa said...

ok, I've been thinking about the granola all day, and had to go and buy pumpkin seeds so i can make some when i get home!!!!!

Kiurious said...

Lol, I like those quishes for Russell, I might make him some tomorrow.

Sue said...

I love having the flax seed in the granola...a good way to get it in! And congrats on the cooking job. This could turn out to be the start of something BIG.