Easy Crockpot Granola

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Earlier this week we made this Easy Crockpot Granola to serve with our yogurt. Keep the kitchen cool instead of heating up the oven! 


Easy Crockpot Granola (gluten free)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Easy Crockpot Granola  (gluten free)

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  • 5 cups rolled oats (we use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats)
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (use unsweetened if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup oil (we use extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil would also be good)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Add oats, coconut and cinnamon to crockpot and stir to combine.
  2. Add oil and honey (if you use the same measuring cup you used for the oil to measure the honey, it will slide out of the cup more easily.)
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Cook on low for one hour with the lid of the crockpot cracked.
  6. Stir granola and replace lid (slightly open).
  7. Cook for 2 additional hours, stirring every 30 minutes for the first hour and every 15 minutes for the last hour. This burns easily!
  8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


You can also add pecans (or other nuts) and dried fruit to the mixture.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Maureen May 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I’ve never thought of using a crockpot for this! What a great idea.


Kimberlee May 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Maureen. :)


Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) May 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Sending you an email. :) Look for it through Google Docs.


Sonja Philip June 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I’ve been wanting to try one of these recipes – this looks like an easy/great one to start with… if you want to add nuts or fruit, at what point do you do so?


Kimberlee June 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I add the nuts and fruit afterward, but you could add the nuts earlier if you want to roast them a little bit.


Sonja Philip June 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

thanks kimberlee… gonna try it!


Janina June 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I just made this for the first time and it earned the thumbs up from my 8 year old! She has food allergies, so this is a perfect way to avoid the store bought granola where cross contamination is an issue. Thanks for sharing!


Kimberlee June 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm

You are very welcome Janina–glad she liked it!


Kym February 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I am so excited to try this awesome recipe! I also want to make homemade granola bars for my family but never have and don’t have a recipe, I will search for a recipe online but I want to ask you first have you ever tweaked this recipe to make them? Thanks so much!


Kimberlee February 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I have not made granola bars, but I don’t think they would work in the crockpot because you have to stir this to keep the oats from burning.


pam February 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

Not sure, but I imagine that you would add the nuts/dried fruit AFTER the granola is cooked and cooled? Thx.



Kimberlee February 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

Yes, I think that would work best.


Denise March 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

My dd doesn’t like coconut… any alternatives?


Kimberlee March 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm

You can easily just leave out the coconut. Really any dried fruit can be added or you can just serve it without any fruit.


Rachel April 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Have you ever tried to double this? Do you think it cook up the same if in a 6 qt. crockpot? Recipe looks great and I’m anxious to try it. Just wondering if I can make more at a time.


Kimberlee April 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Hi Rachel! It would probably just take longer to cook. The oats brown because they come into contact with the sides or bottom of the crock, so adding more oats would make it more difficult to get all of them browned. Just my thoughts, I haven’t tried it myself. :)


Summer @ Mallow and Co May 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm

just made this tonight to go on top of some yogurt parfaits – delicious!


Kimberlee May 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it Summer! Thanks for taking the time to let me know. :)


Meegan July 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

I Finally was able to try this recipe. It is so yummy. Granola is very expensive here in California so I will make this on a regular basis now. Thank you.


Kimberlee July 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

I am so glad that you like it Meegan! Thanks for letting me know. :)


Linda August 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I’m starting this week


Kimberlee August 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Welcome Aboard Linda! :)


Robbie August 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I used your technique with my recipe. Since we like toasted nuts in our granola, I added them right at the beginning. Though the nuts didn’t burn, the oats got very dark. Sine my crockpot is a newer one that runs hotter than the old models, I will remember to stir more often than you recommend. But I love this method! Saves immensely on energy costs!


Kimberlee August 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Sorry it burned. :( It’s crazy how much crockpot temperatures vary. Glad you like the recipe though. :)


Cristal August 16, 2013 at 8:37 am

I Have Been Looking For AN Easy Granola Recipe. I Can’t Wait To Try This For My Family. Can Agave Nector Be Used In Place Of The Honey? Thanks For All Your Great Ideas.


Kimberlee August 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I hope you like it Cristal! I believe agave would work, but I haven’t tried it myself. Let me know.


Cristal August 19, 2013 at 6:55 am

I Tried ThIs With Molasses And Light Karo Syrup Because That Is What I Had In The House. It Is Amazing! Thank You!


Kimberlee August 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

I am so glad that you enjoyed it Cristal! :)


Jami October 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Just curious. Do you have to store this in the fridge? Made it and we love it, but I wanted to use this in place of store bought granola in my homemade snack mix, but i don’t refrigerate it. I keep it in an air tight container on the counter for the kids to grab as a snack.


Kimberlee October 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I have never refrigerated it, but it doesn’t last very long at our house, so I am not sure about long term storage outside of the fridge.


JM December 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm

trying this tonight…granola is so expensive in a box! I doubled it before I read the comments,so we’ll see….thanks!


Kimberlee December 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

I hope you like it! :)


JM December 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

It turned out GREAT-thanks! my DH was so impressed… I added a few raisins,dried apple bits,and walnuts at the beginning,and cooked it for 4 hours total, I did need to stir thoroughly every 15 minutes for that last hour


Kimberlee December 8, 2013 at 10:56 am

Woohoo! Glad you enjoyed it. Dried apple bits sound yummy.


Nadene Boisclair March 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm

I finally got around to making this after seeing it repeated in your menu many times. I used trader joes coconut oil and unsweetened organic coconut. Topped it with toasted almonds also from TJ’s and organic Greek yogurt. For dessert !!! We devoured it and are planning to double the next batch. This is the only granola my very health conscious hubby wants to eat from now on. The key is we know exactly what is in it. Thank you so much for finding it and sharing it.


Kimberlee Stokes March 24, 2014 at 12:05 am

So glad that you liked it Natalie!


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