This is a great granola recipe for when you don’t want to worry about burning the granola or heating your house up with the oven. It is healthier than most store-bought versions and you can control the ingredients.
5 cups old-fashioned or thick cut rolled oats (do not use quick cooking, they are too small and flaky.)
1 cup any combination of nuts or seeds
2 cups any combination of dried fruit or berries and unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup flax seeds
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup canola, sunflower or safflower seed oil (or any other mild tasting healthy oil)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
Combine all the ingredients in a lightly oiled 4-quart slow cooker (I use the big oval one) and stir to combine. Cook on High for 1 1/2 hours uncovered. Stir occasionally to cook evenly.
Reduce the heat to low and cook uncovered for up to 2 more hours until the granola is lightly golden, crisp and dry. Stir occasionally.
Spread the granola out into a large, shallow pan and allow it to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Have a great weekend!