Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Look what I made in the crock pot. Granola!
It's true. I got the recipe here, at a blog I recently discovered. It turned out pretty great! Here's what you need, though the ingredients can certainly vary.  I'm learning that granola is really a "use whatever you have on hand" kind of situation.

You need:
5 cups oats
1 T. flax seeds
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
1/4 c. raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 c. unsweetened coconut
1/4 c. slivered almonds
1/4 c. craisins
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. honey

This is the easy part: put all ingredients in your crock pot and mix. Cook on high for about 3 hours. Try to stir every 20 to 30 minutes. It works best if you vent the lid with something.

I like this granola quite a bit. It's not too crunchy and only a little sweet, and it has craisins, which I consider a huge bonus! Don't get me wrong; I like raisins, but raisins are just so...blah. I like the addition of craisins. It gives the granola a little zing.

I found the crock pot method a little fussy, though. Next time, I'll probably just bake it in the oven on 350 and stir every five minutes or so. Granola in the crock pot can burn (though it takes a lot longer than in the oven), and I thought the frequent stirring was kind of a hassle -- a lot more of a hassle than keeping a careful eye on granola in the oven. But that's just me.

Anyway, here's what I did with my granola!
Who needs a restaurant for a fruit & yogurt parfait? I make my own. They're tastier. And they come in a pretty glass.
Pretty glasses: it's how I roll. (Also, it's how I use glasses that otherwise sit in the cabinet and collect dust. Somebody should've told me I'd never use fancy dinner- & glassware.)


  1. Leah, saw your comment on Facebook. No you are not a hippie :) Looks delicious! And, thanks for passing that crockpot blog onto Angie, she passed it onto me and it is all gluten free! YAY! Can't wait to try some recipes.

  2. You're very welcome -- I thought of you as soon as I found it! Granola is the only recipe I've tried so far, and it is pretty delish. Hopefully her other recipes will be, too!

  3. I found a new blog to follow! Thanks! I'm more of a super sweet and fattening kinda girl, but I'm sure this is yummy. I'll try it when I get in the "I'm super sweet and fatt, so I'd better do something" mood.
    Oh, everyone told me I would never use fancy dinner and glassware, but I still registered for it. It's in MH at my mom's house after 7 years of marriage.

  4. So Leah, based on some of your blog posts and Craig's opinion... if you ever get sick of the whole law thing you can come to DC and be the head chef at our house. Actually, could come practice law here too.

    Also, I'd like to see another post that could be labeled "Ross the Butler." I saw that on the side, remembered it, and laughed.

  5. I know! Since Ross started working, his butler duties have certainly taken a back seat. It's a shame, really. He was so good at driving me around wherever I wanted to go. I think it might be his calling in life.

    Also, hi, Xandra! So glad you're following!

  6. You'll have to let me know if you try any other recipes that are good! My mom actually just bought her cookbook and is bringing it up this week so I can look at it.