Friday, October 28, 2016

Crunchy Crockpot Granola (Gluten & Dairy Free)

I have heard great things about crockpot granola but had not tried it out until the other day. After a friend of Happy and Healthy with Fallon, shared with me several months ago about her version, I figured it was overdue for me to give it a shot too. I couldn't recall all of her ingredients so I just winged it! I'm delightfully surprised it came out great! | Crunchy Crockpot Granola

Before I share the recipe, I want to add that I am about 6 months from my 40th birthday and I made an agreement with myself to:
  • establish new, healthier boundaries
  • eat wiser
  • move my body daily 
  • solidify my inner circle
  • foster new relationships and nurture existing
  • be laser focused in my business
Part of the eating wiser comes down to portion control and limiting added sugar. If it's added sugar, it must come from unrefined sources. The exercise portion will be more difficult. The last time I went all in, I injured my foot so it slowed my progress. But this time it's different. I've got my mind right and a deadline! The other bullets come down to self care 101!

So, I made this recipe in preparation for the journey to 40. I am glad that it turned out well and honestly, I wasn't thinking of blogging about the recipe until I was asked to on Instagram. So for those that asked for the recipe, thank you for asking, and here you go!

1.5 cups of gluten free oats
2 cups of brown rice cereal (I used the One Degree brand)
2 T hemp seeds 
1/4 cup honey 
4 T non dairy milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup of mixins of your choice - I used sliced almonds 
Optional: 1/4 tsp cinnamon

1. Measure out your ingredients and turn on your crockpot to high. 
2. Pour oats, brown rice cereal, and hemp seeds into your crockpot. Stir with spoon. 
3. Mix honey and non dairy milk together before adding into the dry ingredients. Stir until combined. 
4. Cover with lid slightly ajar. This blog post gives the explanation as to why this is important but bottom line - this is what you'll need to do if you want crunchy granola.
5. Set timer to 2 hours. (You may need another half hour depending on the texture and crunch of your liking.) You will stir your granola every half hour to prevent sticking. 
6. When granola is done to the crunch of your liking, you will spread it over a lined cookie sheet to let cool. Use a spoon to scoop out. 
7. Once granola is cool, add your mixins of choice. I added almonds and the cinnamon but dried fruit is a winner too. 
8. Stir in an air tight container.

It's a stand up dish and can be enjoyed as a stand alone dish! Sprinkle it over ice cream or yogurt. Eat it as a cold cereal. Go to town. How did you pair it? Share below.  

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