This easy-to-make granola is perfect for colder months, and will make your house smell amazing with toasty notes of pecans, sweet maple, and spicy cinnamon. Top it off with chopped dates for added sweetness.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour applesauce, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and maple extracts, hemp hearts, and chia seeds into a slow cooker. Stir until well combined; add oats and pecans and stir again.

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  • Cook the granola in the slow cooker on high for 3 hours, venting the lid slightly. If you smell the granola cooking, it's time to stir. Keep an eye on it or it will burn if not stirred occasionally.

  • Pour the finished granola onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

Cook's Notes:

Preparing granola in the slow cooker is an easier method than in the oven since it is less likely to burn the granola. The added hemp and chia seeds will provide a great extra source of protein.

Tips

Placing a chopstick between the slow cooker insert and the lid is an easy way to vent.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

417.4 calories; 8.2 g protein; 63.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 102.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2013
I did not make this in the slow cooker I baked it in the oven at 325 convection for 35 minutes. It's really nice not TOO maple-y and will be a great topper for our morning yogurt or as a cereal. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/15/2013
Although the house smelled wonderful while this was cooking the results were disappointing to say the least. I followed the directions exactly. The granola was really bland sort of like shredded cardboard. I still like the idea of slow cooker granola however if I were to try this again I might double the applesauce maple syrup brown sugar cinnamon salt vanilla & maple flavoring. Then again it might be a good idea to call it a day and find a new recipe. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2013
I did not make this in the slow cooker I baked it in the oven at 325 convection for 35 minutes. It's really nice not TOO maple-y and will be a great topper for our morning yogurt or as a cereal. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2013
I did not make this in the slow cooker I baked it in the oven at 325 convection for 35 minutes. It's really nice not TOO maple-y and will be a great topper for our morning yogurt or as a cereal. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/13/2013
Since there's only 1 review so far this must be new. (Interesting that the only review did not follow the directions and baked it in the oven! Oh well.) One question: when do you add the dates? They are listed in the ingredients and never mentioned again... Perhaps someone can correct this. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/14/2013
Although the house smelled wonderful while this was cooking the results were disappointing to say the least. I followed the directions exactly. The granola was really bland sort of like shredded cardboard. I still like the idea of slow cooker granola however if I were to try this again I might double the applesauce maple syrup brown sugar cinnamon salt vanilla & maple flavoring. Then again it might be a good idea to call it a day and find a new recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2013
This is pretty good. I baked it like the first reviewer as well about 45 minutes in a regular oven at 350. Flavor was good. Definitely will make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2013
My girlfriend and I really liked it but it does have room for improvement. It smells wonderful and is very moist. I'm going to make it again but I'm going to change the applesauce to pumpkin and make it more of a pumpkin-y take. This recipe was great with yogurt but I feel it could use juuuuuust a bit more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2013
The great thing about slow cookers is you don't HAVE to check to make sure its burning. I followed previous reviews and baked it on a piece of foil. A casserole dish works as well. I omitted the extract hemp and chia and substituted raisins for dates (dried cranberries would work as well). I did 1/4 teaspoon cardamom to zip it up but it still was a little bland. I would add more next time pumpkin pie spice or mace might work as well. Lastly if you bake it remember to spray the surface with pam or something similar. A lot of the granola stuck and I had to tear it off. Read More