Slow Toasted Granola


Use this homemade granola recipe as a topping for yogurt, a layer in fruit parfaits, or as a cereal alone. Any way you serve it, the granola ingredients really make this slow-cooked granola stand out!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
8 cups


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup applesauce

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • ¼ cup peanut butter

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 5 cup regular rolled oats

  • ½ cup sunflower kernels

  • 2 tablespoon ground flaxseeds or wheat germ

  • ½ cup golden raisins

  • ¼ cup chopped pitted whole dates


  1. Lightly coat a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl whisk together honey, applesauce, oil, peanut butter, and cinnamon.

  2. In the prepared cooker combine oats, sunflower kernels, and flax seeds. Stir in honey mixture.

  3. Place the lid off-set on the cooker to vent it. Cook on high-heat setting about 2 1/2 hours or until toasted, stirring every 30 minutes.

  4. Spread oat mixture on a sheet of foil to cool. Add raisins and dates; toss gently to combine. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

    glass jar slow toasted granola next to pitcher of milk
    Andy Lyons

For Easy Cleanup

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
10g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 136mg 3%
Folate, total 14.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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