Last week, I posted a teaser about Crock Pot Granola. I have just recently rediscovered Granola, it was a staple in my formative years, my Daddy loved it! He also loved making it!
Lou Ann has started something here. As soon as I got home I did a quick search on Google, and I found any number of recipes for it. Like so many of these things, there is a great variety out there. Everyone puts in what they like, and it comes out perfect!
I pieced together a recipe of the things I like:
Combine in a big bowl:
5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 T milled Flax Seed (Omega 3)
2 T Wheat Germ ( in the breakfast foods aisle with the cereal)
some Shredded Coconut (I like at least 1/2 cup in there)
Slivered almonds ( or whatever nut you like!)
Cinnamon (to taste)
Combine in a small bowl:
1/2 cup Honey (some use only 1/4 cup of sweet stuff)
1/2 cup butter (I use the real thing, and again, some use only 1/4 cup)
1tsp of vanilla
Combine the two mixtures, then pour it all into a 3 qt Crock Pot that has been sprayed with a non stick spray. Turn the Crock Pot on low and leave the lid off. Most recipes say to have the lid on with a spoon stuck in it to let the moisture out, but I have to tell you that it takes a lot longer to cook that way. In my Crock Pot it took well over 6 hrs when I had the lid partially on, so I am taking it off completely next time!
Unlike many Crock Pot recipes, this one you can't just fix it and forget it, you have to be around. You don't have to stand over it, but you do have to have your nose on alert. When you can smell that goodness in the air, it is time go give it a stir. Usually, that will be about every 30 minutes or so. I have on a couple of occasions just turned it off when I had to go out, and resumed the cooking when I got back.
When the Granola is toasted to the color you want it to be, turn it out onto a cookie sheet to cool. Now is when you can add all kinds of dried fruit. My favorite is raisins, Lou Ann fancies Craisins, but they are a bit tangy for my morning taste buds. I have even heard that some add Chocolate chips to the mix once it is cool! I have a plastic air tight container that I store my Granola in, it lasts me about a week, unless Dear one gets into it too! :)
The aroma, brings back such sweet Memories of my Daddy. I need to see if I can get their recipe from Mom, but then again, as I have seen, it was probably a little different each time they made it, just like mine has been.
What do you like in your Granola?
Happy Weaving, Spinning and Knitting, Tina