Slow Cooker Granola with Cherries and Almonds

Crunchy homemade granola made in your slow cooker! This crock pot granola recipe has a hint of cinnamon, dried cherries, and almonds. Make it your own by swapping out the fruit and nuts for your favorites!

A pretty glass jar filled with homemade granols

Did you know that you can make crispy, crunchy homemade granola right in your slow cooker? 

That’s right, your crock pot isn’t just for soups and stews! In fact, making crispy slow cooked recipes is one of my favorite tricks. I share a bunch of them in my new Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook, from an awesome veggie pot pie topped with crispy crust to cranberry-orange scones that are perfect for breakfast on the go. 

The naturally sweetened cherry-almond granola is one of my favorite recipes in the book both because it’s so tasty and because it’s so impressive. It doesn’t matter how many times I make it, it still amazes me every time I give it a final stir and hear it shaking around. 

(If you love granola as much as I do, you’ll also want to be sure to check out my carrot cake granola and these chewy earl grey granola bars.)

A bowl of yogurt topped with homemade granola and honey

Homemade Granola Ingredients:

To make this crock pot granola you’ll need a few pantry staples:

  • Rolled Oats: Because granola wouldn’t be granola without them!
  • Shredded Coconut: This adds great flavor and texture and gets nice and toasty
  • Honey: For the perfect touch of sweetness
  • Cinnamon: So tasty and it smells so good! 
  • Egg Whites: These help the granola form crispy clumps
  • Mix-Ins: I went with dried cherries and slivered almonds for this granola recipe, but you can use any combination of dried fruit or nuts that you like

Slow Cooker Granola Method:

To make slow cooker granola, start by spraying your slow cooker insert with cooking spray, then mixing the oats, coconut, honey, and cinnamon together.

Next, stir in the egg whites, making sure the oats are evenly moistened. 

Put the lid on, but leave it slightly ajar. I stick a wooden spoon into the crock to prop it open a little. This lets the steam escape and helps the oats crisp up instead of getting soggy. 

Stir in your favorite mix-ins, then spread the cooked granola out onto  a baking sheet to help it cool faster. It will continue to crisp as it cools.

Granola Cooling on a Baking Sheet

I love eating this healthy granola recipe in a bowl with milk or sprinkled over yogurt with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. It’s also great on top of ice cream, or as the base to trail mix with pretzels and M&Ms or chocolate chips. 

Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.

jar of homemade granola with a quart of milk
glass jar of granola on a piece of burlap

Cherry-Almond Granola

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

If you thought slow cookers are only good for cooking soups and stews, you’ll be surprised to learn that you can also use them to make granola! Leaving the lid slightly ajar lets steam escape, helping the granola crisp up. Egg white helps the oats form crunchy clusters and honey adds just a touch of sweetness. Once you get the hang of this recipe, it’s easy to swap out the fruit and nuts to make it your own.  

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 large egg whites
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried cherries

Instructions

    1. Generously coat your slow cooker with cook-
      ing spray and add the oats, egg whites, honey, coconut, and cinnamon. Mix well to moisten
      the oats thoroughly.
    2. Cover the slow cooker, leaving the lid slightly
      ajar. Cook on High heat for 1 hour. Stir the
      granola to help prevent it from sticking to
      the bottom of the slow cooker. Re-cover the
      cooker and cook for 1 hour more.
    3. Stir in the almonds and cherries. Turn off
      the slow cooker and let the granola cool
      completely.
    4. Store individual portions in airtight containers
      in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks, or freeze
      for up to 3 months.

Notes

Meal Prep Tip: This granola is great sprinkled over Greek yogurt, eaten as cereal with your favorite milk or nut milk, or on its own as a crunchy treat. 

Cooking Tip: This granola will continue to crisp up as it cools. You can let it cool in right in the slow cooker or speed up the process by spreading it out onto a baking sheet.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1/10 recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 223Total Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 19mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 4g

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By on June 21st, 2020

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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