Combined with a scoop of homemade yogurt and some chopped fruit, this is the easiest breakfast we eat these days. I play with different flavor combinations almost every time I make granola and this is one of our new favorites. We love all the dried fruits and the crunchy pieces of coconut.
COOK'S NOTE: The granola cooking time varies depending on how hot your crock-pot gets. One of my crock-pots finishes the oatmeal in about an hour, while another one takes almost two hours. When you begin to smell the granola, it's probably time to stir it again. Use a spatula or large spoon to stir along the edges and the bottom of the crock-pot every 25 minutes. It is possible to burn the granola in the crock-pot if you do not stir it frequently enough or if you do not scrape the sides and bottom each time you stir it. The granola is done when the liquids have been absorbed and the oats look moist, but not wet. It will finish drying out and clump together a bit while it cools on the baking tray.
Yield: about 8 cups
5 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup roasted or dried coconut *
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup sultanas or golden raisins
1/2 cup dried or dehydrated pineapple, preferably unsweetened
* Regular sweetened or unsweetened coconut will work fine in this as well. If you are able to find dried or roasted coconut, give it a try. I buy roasted coconut at Trader Joe's and we all love it.
Set a crock-pot to HIGH and lightly grease it with about a teaspoon of coconut oil. Combine the oats, almonds, and pecans in the crock-pot. Stir together the warm coconut oil, honey, salt and ginger. Pour over the oats and nuts in the crockpot and stir to coat thoroughly. Cover with the lid, leave it slightly vented. (I place a chopstick across the top of the crock-pot and set the lid over that.)
Cook on high for 60-90 minutes, stirring and scraping the sides and bottom of the crock-pot every 20-25 minutes. Stir in the coconut and dried fruit and then spread the granola across a large baking sheet. (I like to line the sheet with a silpat mat or parchment, just to make it easier to pick up and pour into a container when it cools.) When the granola has cooled, transfer it to an airtight container. It should keep nicely for at least 2 weeks. Enjoy!
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