Here is a little secret about me. I am lazy. If there is an easier way to do something, I see no point in doing it any other way. I hate wasting my time and I tend to get bored if things take too long.
I also love granola. I was on granola overload for the past six months but I was craving some tonight so I made a batch. I don't like having to "babysit" my food so I avoid the oven to make granola. Instead, I make it in the crock pot.
This recipe makes a LOT of granola. You can half the recipe with no problems.
Crock Pot Granola
11 cups of grains (oats, oat bran, flax seed, wheat germ, etc.)
I used eight cups of oats, 3/4 cup flax seed and 1 1/4 cup wheat germ
3 cups of nuts
I used 1 cup of almonds, 1 cup pecans and 1 cup walnuts
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 T cinnamon
1 T vanilla
1 cup light tasting oil (coconut is great. . . I used light olive oil)
Add-ins (dried fruit, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, etc)
Put your grains and your nuts into the crock pot.
Put the remaining ingredients into a saucepan.
After the time is up, spoon onto cookie sheets to cool. As it cools, it will clump and get hard. Before this happens, put your add-ins in the granola and stir.
If we were a fancy family I would put it into cute containers and store it. We're not so I toss it into a ziplock bag and keep it in the pantry. It usually takes a week for us to eat it so I don't need to put it into the freezer. I have heard you should keep it room temp for a week or in the freezer for three months.
If I do it again:
I have a confession for this part. I didn't watch the granola as well as I should have. There was an NCIS marathon on and I watched a few episodes before I remembered to stir. I burned the granola around the edges. It wasn't a big deal. . . I just don't scrape the burned parts off. (That's what I do with rice, too.)