Did you know you could make granola in a slow cooker? Learn how with this Wild Blueberry Walnut Granola recipe.
(As co-owner of The Recipe ReDux I was compensated to manage this contest and provided free samples by California Walnuts.)
Remember when I talked the other day about how fat phobia used to be a thing?
Okay, now, let's talk.
One of the primary reasons I'm so glad fat phobia is finished. One word -- nuts.
Nuts have always been one of those foods that RDs -- even in the midst of fatty food shaming -- knew had a place in a healthy diet. As a good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they've always been a nutrient-rich source of plant protein.
But nowadays we know that the benefits don't stop there. And when it comes to this month's Recipe ReDux sponsor -- Walnuts -- they offer one of the benefits to get most excited about -- heart health (Heart disease is still the leading cause of death among men and women.) In fact, one ounce of walnuts has 2.5 grams of heart healthy omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). (Read more about the importance of Omega-3 fat here.)
This month California Walnuts challenged Recipe ReDux members to incorporate walnuts and other whole foods into dishes that are nutritious, satisfying and tasty. Because I adore wild blueberries and eat oats almost daily for their heart health benefits too, I thought this granola was the perfect pairing.
Adding walnuts to this -- or any granola recipe for that matter -- provides the perfect amount of crunch, while not being overly crunchy. (You know what I'm talking about, right? Granola that's brick-like? Who needs that sprinkled over their morning bowl of Greek yogurt? Not me!)
I could've easily made this slow cooker granola recipe in the oven (and so can you, just cook it low and slow), but I'm a sucker for a reason to pull out my Crock Pot (check out my other slow cooker recipes here). We often think of slow cookers for winter, but aren't they just as handy during the summer? (Don't miss yesterday's round up of Slow Cooker Meals for Summer). And bonus -- it means you don't have to hover around a big, hot oven all day.
Of course, if slow cookers aren't your thing (I respect you, but don't understand you) or if you're not game to make granola in one, there's a week's worth of walnut recipes being shared by my fellow Recipe ReDux members below. Click through and find your favorite way to enjoy walnuts today.
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Slow Cooker Wild Blueberry Walnut Granola
Yield 8 to 12 servings
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup dried wild blueberries
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- Pinch of salt
- Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl; add honey and sugar stirring until smooth.
- Combine oats and remaining ingredients in a slow cooker. Add butter mixture, stirring until well coated. Cover slow cooker but leave slightly open to allow steam to escape.
- Cook on HIGH 2 1/2 to 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes (be careful not to burn.)
- Spread hot granola out on a baking sheet and let cool. Store in an airtight container.