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Slow-Cooker Granola

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Yes, from the slow-cooker!

Is there anything this handy small kitchen appliance can’t do? 😉

I am soooo loving my Hamilton Beach Slow-Cooker (click to read review for the model I have) use it all the time.

I recently made homemade (cranberry and almond) granola in it, for the first time and it turned out delish.

Easy to make, you control the ingredients, sweetness and price is so much better than store-bought granola too.

I used the Slow-Cooker Granola Recipe from:  Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson as a guide, but any granola recipe should work fine.

After stirring the liquid and dry ingredients thoroughly, I cooked mine on HIGH for 1 hour, uncovered and an additional 1 and  3/4 hours on LOW, covered.

Another plus: the aroma while cooking…divine! 🙂

Forget those oat-filled, oh so… ho hum…packages of store-bought granola and make your own.

Just remember to stir occasionally while cooking, to keep from browning too much.

Happy Cooking! 🙂

Party Mix…from a Slow-Cooker? Yes Indeed!

As any of my regular readers already know, I am a big fan and recent convert to using a Slow-Cooker for all kinds of main dishes, stews  and soups.

But did you know that you can use a Slow-Cooker for making recipes like: granola and party-mix too?

Well I didn’t until I recently received a copy of Robin Robertson’s: Fresh From the Vegan Slow-Cooker as a gift.

After scanning through all the great recipes in this new cookbook, I knew I’d have to give the: Life of the Party Mix a try first. It came out great! So delish and not too salty (great to be able to control that when you make this mix at home).


Some minor tweaks I made:

After the initial 2 hours on high heat, I found the texture to be just right and the flavours well-developed, so I stopped the cooking process and just let the mix cool completely before storing. Not that it was stored long! The photo above is from Flickr ’cause I didn’t manage a photo here before it was all gone LOL. 😉

A couple of other things: I omitted the onion powder and cayenne and bumped up the Tabasco to 1 teaspoon. I didn’t add any salt as the nuts and pretzels I used were salted.

If you’re starting to think about party fare with the holidays just around the corner, you should definitely give this recipe a try. And what a great way to use your slow-cooker! 🙂

See page 2 for complete recipe.


Recipe used with permission: Excerpted from “Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker” by Robin Robertson, 2012, Harvard Common Press, $19.95


Photo courtesy of Flickr

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