Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gluten-Free Granola Cereal {dairy and egg-free, too}

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A batch of this gluten-free granola can always be found in my pantry.  Its easy to make, is high in protein, and tastes great!   In the morning, my family often grabs some for a healthy bowl of breakfast cereal topped with cold almond milk.  I would like to thank Stephanie O'Dea at A Year of Slow Cooking for teaching me to make granola in my crockpot.  The original recipe belongs to her and you should definately check it out as she has some different add-ins than I do.  Who would have known that you don't have to burn endless batches of granola in the oven because you had to change a diaper, or take a phone call, or just plain forgot to watch it carefully.  Behold the wonders of the crockpot!

Just so ya know, this is not the clumpy kind of granola that travels well as a take-along snack.  Its more the cereal-in-a-bowl type.  I'm guessing there is something you could adjust in the recipe to make it stick together in clumps, but I don't know what it is.  If you have a tried and true method, please let me know.

Gluten-Free Crockpot Granola {gluten, dairy and egg-free}

5 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts or almonds (or a mixture of both)
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey or agave nectar

In your crockpot, toss together the dry ingredients.  Add in the wet ingredients and toss till evenly coated.  Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, keeping the lid vented with a wooden spoon (to prevent burning).  Stir every so often.  Once the granola is finished cooking, spread it out on a cookie sheet or clean counter to cool.  Sometimes I just let it cool in the crockpot.  This doesn't seem to affect the granola, but it does make it stick to the crockpot, making cleanup a bit harder.  Store in an air-tight container or zip-close freezer bag.  It will stay fresh in the pantry for at least a week.  I'm sure I've kept mine much longer that than.

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  1. Nice! Thanks for sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesdays!

  2. I just made a batch of homemade granola the other day ( But I love the idea of using a crock pot! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. oh yum. I love this mix of goodies ;D xo

  4. Great combination of ingredients... I love homemade granola twice as good as the store bought and so much cheaper. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  5. crock pots ARE incredible. they should call them "incredi-pots" instead. though that might raise some eyebrows and attract the wrong crowd ;)

    thanks for sharing with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link-up! I hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & whole/real food posts! xo, kristy.

  6. I just love a good Granola with my yogurt or as a snack and your recipe looks great. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. I like the idea of cooking it in the crockpot, then letting it cool and dry. I always make granola in the oven and it tends to burn there. Yuck to burnt granola!

    Thanks for linking up with Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies!

  8. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back shortly when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  9. This looks great! I love granola! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Next Friday one lucky blogger will be randomly selected to win a case of Planet Rice! Its yummy! Its gluten free, sprouted and grown in the US. You can link up to 3 entries! The more you link up the better you chances to win! (entries from US only) Cindy from

  10. Yea! GF Granola. I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

    1. Thanks for letting me know about Gluten Free Monday - I've just shared my biscuit recipe there.


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