the cast of characters:
raw sunflower seeds
and of course, rolled oats. now of course, for your average family, it's not necessary to buy such a huge quantity of oats at one time. however, i will tell you that it is much cheaper. and plus, we will go through this bag in about 3 months or less. i kid you not!
add the oats to your crock pot, and then sprinkle on the ground flax seed. then dump in the melted butter and the maple syrup. toss in the sunflower seeds and mix it all around, making sure to evenly coat all the oats. vent the lid- i just use the spatula that i will be stirring the granola with.
this is how the granola will look when it's done- toasty, but still slightly moist.
then i dump it into the bowl, and add the currants and chopped banana chips.
G loves to have a bowl for breakfast, or lunch, or for a snack... A and I enjoy it as well, but Dave won't touch the stuff. i think that he might be afraid that it's too healthy!
Crock pot Granola
10 cups rolled oats
1 stick butter
12 oz (1 ½ cups) maple syrup (or honey)
3 T ground flax seed
½ lb. raw sunflower seeds
½ lb. currants ( i like to use these because they are smaller than raisins)
½ lb. sweetened banana chips
sometimes i also use: mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips
dump oats into crock pot. melt butter, combine with maple syrup and mix with oats. add sunflower seeds, and cook on high for 2 hours. vent crock pot, and stir occasionally. turn down to low, and continue cooking for (maybe?) another 2 hours. add currants and chopped banana chips. serve and enjoy!