I found oats! yay! They were hiding out at the fancy-pants grocery store. We were all quite pleased with this granola, and have eaten almost all of it already. The kids and Adam ate a bunch warm, right out of the pot. I'm making some more today.
There's no right or wrong way to make granola. Feel free to switch around ingredients depending on your family's tastes/wishes.
5 cups oats (if gluten free, make sure the oats are certified GF.)
1/4 cup honey * (see note below)
1/4 cup melted butter * (see note below)
1 tablespoon 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)
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. I didn't want that much sugar, and my kids are cool with eating it like this.
Cover, but vent with a chopstick. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring every so often.
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!
(ask me how many batches of granola I've had to throw out after burning in the oven. go ahead, ask. )
7. at least 7. I am no good with 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 or in a ziplock. Granola freezes well.
This is one of the only times I haven't burnt granola, and my kids have been eating it non-stop since the first batch came out of the crock. I'm going to go have some more right now.
The Thanksgiving recipes start tomorrow! I'm so excited.