Slow Cooker Granola, a great kitchen hack!

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Granola, in your slow cooker, yep, your Slow Cooker!
Coconut Almond Granola.

Today I have a great kitchen hack for you. It all started with a broken stove. The oven actually, but since we removed it from the wall to unplug the power, then remove the element, it has stayed in that position awaiting the arrival of the element. Which was promised in 3 to 5 business days.

My dear husband requested that due to the exposed wires, we make do with other appliances for cooking in the meanwhile. This was not a burdensome request as we are well stocked with slow cookers, griddles, a small convection countertop oven, and microwave. Actually, it became a challenge to see how we could continue cooking in the same manner and style without a stove and standard oven.
Slow Cooker Granola, because the oven was out of commission.

There are some kitchen basics that needed to be made, as our storage jars are empty. One being granola. I did not relish the idea of the small countertop oven, not much granola was going to fit on that tiny baking tray. And I could see where spending all day making granola in that little guy, would not be my idea of a good time.

Honestly, I could have waited to make granola, it is only 3 to 5 business days, after all. But then while visiting Weekend Cooking, there is was, plain as daylight. Information and directions for making granola in your slow cooker. 

So the challenge was on!

Below you will find directions to take your favorite granola recipe and adapt it to the slow cooker. If you are searching for a granola recipe to enjoy, a few of those have been offered as well. I made our favorite Coconut Granola with Almonds recipe, to test the direction for you, and this process is a winner!

Granola made in your slow cooker, so easy, it is the perfect kitchen hack!
Slow Cooker Granola, so easy!

Kitchen Hack, Slow Cooker Granola
adapted from: Beth Fish Reads

1 slow cooker
your favorite granola recipe
oil or cooking/baking spray

Combine all granola ingredients into a very large bowl, mixing well.

Coat the inside of the slow cooker with oil or baking spray. Add the granola mixture.

Cover with the lid, however, leave one edge open by propping it to the side of the crock. This is important you must allow the moisture to escape.

Cook on high, stirring every 30 minutes until the granola has taken on a golden color and smells cooked, approximately 2 - 21/2 hours.

Trust me, it smells wonderful when done, you will know you have reached the end!

Transfer the granola back to the large bowl or a flat pan for cooling, again this is important, you want the remaining moisture to evaporate.

When completely cool, you may add dried fruit if desired and package up for storage.

I am sure you have your own favorite granola recipe, but just in case, here are a couple recipes you might enjoy also:

Coconut Granola with Almonds

Just Granola (but not Jessica's)

Here is a delicious Maple Granola, from Beth Fish Reads. This one I plan on trying, I do love real maple syrup in just about anything!

I hope you try this great kitchen hack, it works exactly like it should. And in case you were wondering, that 3 to 5 business days, has come and gone.....

Slow Cooker Granola, use your favorite recipe or one of ours.


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  1. we love granola and our slow cooker. What a great way to get them both together. What an awesome idea
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    1. I made our favorite granola (Coconut Granola with Almonds) to test the process, and it is a winner! I will make all my granola this way from now on. Thanks for dropping by.

  2. Isn't that a seriously great hack? Sooooooo easy. I too will never use the oven again for this.

  3. I'm back to making my homemade toasted muesli today as I type, for the first time since summer started (it's simply too hot to have the oven on for 2 hrs so I make do with store bought muesli until the cool weather arrives). But now that I know I can also cook it in my slow cooker!!!!!!
    I love to add spices to mine - cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground clove and I load it up with mixed nuts during the last half hour or so of baking time.

    you're right the smell that wafts around the house is divine :-)

    1. I am thrilled that another cook has made this and agrees, it is a wonderful process. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I didn't know you could make granola in the slow cooker! That sounds great. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop.

    1. It works so well, this is my new way to make granola. And you're welcome.

  5. I hope your kitchen is soon back to normal, Melynda, but in the meantime, it's wonderful you are finding creative ways to get round the lack of a traditional stove! Your Slow Cooker Granola idea is fantastic, and I've shared it on our Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of Hearth and Soul!

  6. Slow Cooker to the rescue! We recently had no electric and no water, we were off to the outdoor grill and the rain barrel, we just do what we have to right? Your Granola turned out really good and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

    1. Yes, through the years a cook learns many ways to navigate a kitchen! Thanks Miz Helen.

  7. Love homemade granola but never thought of using the slow cooker to make it! Thanks for sharing your post on the Simple Homestead Blog Hop, as one of the co-hosts I will be featuring your post this Thursday! Hope you stop by again this week!
    - Nancy


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