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Making homemade granola has never been easier!  Take the guess work out with my Cranberry, Almond and Vanilla Crock Pot Granola recipe!

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone!

I’m finally starting to come around to this whole fall thing.  Even though the weather in the mountains hasn’t cooled off at all really, the first leaves are starting to change and it’s getting dark a little earlier.  It’s starting to slowly look like a new season.  I’m sure cooler weather will hit soon.  I even bought my first pumpkin food (cream cheese!) at the store Tuesday.

Another fall inspired purchase I picked up at the store this week was Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries!  I honestly LOVE the tangy bites of fruity goodness so much, that I buy them  year-round, but there is something that just feels fall-ish to me about them.  Maybe it’s because they are a star of my famous Thanksgiving Vegetarian Stuffing?  I end up buying five bags of them to cook my epic Thanksgiving feast!

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

I used the Craisins® Dried Cranberries in my Cranberry, Almond and Vanilla Crock Pot Granola recipe.

Hello love…

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

If you guys haven’t made a Crock Pot Granola recipe yet, stop what you are doing and get started!  It’s sooooooo simple.

You just toss the ingredients together and put them in the Crock Pot. They look so plain at first!

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

There are two tricks.  First, leave the Crock Pot lid open just a small bit to let some steam escape, so it will not get soggy.  It only takes a few hours to cook!  The second is to stir it every thirty minutes so it will not burn.

Once it’s done, you dump the granola out on a pan and add mix-ins like  Craisins® Dried Cranberries.  They bring a whole other level of deliciousness to the dish!

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

The result is crunchy and healthy granola goodness.

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

This Crock Pot Granola recipe is so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t made your own before now.  It’s also healthier because you know exactly what’s going in it!

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

The tart cranberry bites are pure perfection.  Craisins® Dried Cranberries are so versatile and make EVERYTHING taste better!  I add them to salads, baked goods and even this Crock Pot Granola recipe, of course!

Each 1/4 cup serving equals a 1/2 cup serving of fruit. <— pretty awesome

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

I normally buy my Craisins® Dried Cranberries at Sam’s Club but they’re not on the shelves right now, so I shopped for them at Publix!  I found them in the isle near the trail mix and kids fruit snacks.


The granola flavors are simple and delightful!  It’s sweetened with a touch of honey and the dried fruit, so it’s a dish you can feel good eating.

You could easily make this a more indulgent granola by adding some white or dark chocolate chips, but I love how basic this version is.  It really lets those cranberries shine!

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

Serve it on top of yogurt, smoothie bowls or even as a cereal!  Or just grab a handful as you are heading out the door.  Anyway you enjoy it, it’s bound to become one of your favorites.


Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

Cranberry, Almond & Vanilla Crock Pot Granola

Julie Wunder
Fall flavors shine in this Crock Pot Granola recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Crock Pot
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 raw almonds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Craisins® Dried Cranberries
  • Cooking spray


  • Coat a large Crock Pot with cooking spray.
  • In the Crock Pot toss the oatmeal, brown rice cereal, almonds and cinnamon together.
  • In a small bowl combine the egg whites, honey and vanilla. Mix together like scrambled eggs. Pour over the oatmeal mixture in the Crock Pot and stir until coated.
  • Put lid on the Crock Pot but leave a couple centimeters open to allow the steam to escape. This keeps it from getting soggy.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours or until cooked. Leave in longer for crunchier granola and exact cooking time could vary slightly depending on how hot your Crock Pot gets. Stir gently every thirty minutes to keep from burning.
  • Pour onto baking sheet and toss with the Craisins® Dried Cranberries.


Packaged granola has a touch of salt in it, so if you like that flavor you can add a pinch to the oats!

When you stir, be careful to not break up all the clumps!
You can find brown rice cereal in the healthy/gluten free section of the grocery store. It's puffed brown rice instead of white. If you can't find brown rice cereal, feel free to sub white puffed rice cereal. Look for one without any added sugar. You don't need it here.
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Like it? I’d love it if you could pin this to your favorite Pinterest board! Thank you so much for the support. 

Cranberry & Almond Crock Pot Granola Recipe / Running in a Skirt

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Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing a few of my favorite early fall fashion purchases, including the most comfortable jeans and flats you’ve ever owned!

I’m linking up with: Thinking Out Loud ThursdayMeatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah, Meatless Monday with Annmarie and Rachel, Delicious Dish TuesdayWhat’s Cookin’ WednesdayFull Plate Thursday with Miz Helen, FoodFriDIY Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!

Your turn!

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By | 2018-06-28T13:20:25-04:00 September 15th, 2016|All Vegetarian, Breakfast, Crock Pot Meals, Food, Snacks & Appetizers|86 Comments


  1. […] This recipe starts off almost identical to my Cranberry and Vanilla Crock Pot Granola. […]

  2. […] a Crock Pot (I use this one) and haven’t looked back since.  I started with a traditional Almond, Vanilla and Cranberry combo and then moved onto a cute Christmas Granola.  Both of those seemed well received by you […]

  3. Barbara October 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I would like to double the recipe… should I also double the cooking time, or will it be the same?

    • JulieWunder October 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tested it doubled, so this is a guess… but I would not double it. You might need to add a little more time, but I’d just check it in 10 minute increments after the instructed time. Let me know what happens! Good luck!

  4. Sarah October 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Could I use just one egg instead of 2 egg whites? I would hate to throw away the yolks…

    • JulieWunder October 22, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Sarah! I used the whites to it would get crispy. A full egg might work, but I haven’t tested it so I can’t promise! If you try it, let me know what happens!

  5. Michelle October 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Craisins have a whopping 26 grams of sugar! As much as one soda! No wonder she said they take the granola mixture to another level! 🙁

  6. Patricia Conlon September 29, 2016 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Since I usually don’t eat cereal, give me an idea what brown rice cereal is…or the name brand that is brown rice cereal. I would like to make this but am confused on this ingredient. Thank you.

    • JulieWunder September 30, 2016 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Patricia! It’s basically puffed brown rice. I found the One Degree Organic Foods Brown Rice Crisps in the gluten free section of the grocery, but you can use any brand. You can also use puffed white rice cereal if you can’t find brown. Just a generic. Look for one without added sugar. You don’t need it!

  7. Dawn S September 25, 2016 at 8:51 am - Reply

    This sounds good, and I would love to make it, however I seem to be the only one confused about the egg whites! Did you mean egg whites from 2 eggs or 2 cups of eggs whites from a container? And when you say beat the egg whites, how much do you beat them for I.e. Until frothy, or until peaks are formed? Thank you!

    • JulieWunder September 25, 2016 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Hi Dawn! I apologize for the confusion. I fixed the recipe so it would be clear. It’s two egg whites just mixed together until frothy like if you are making scrambled eggs. No peaks! I hope you enjoy the recipe. Please feel free to drop any other questions if you have them.

  8. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy September 19, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I’ve never thought about making granola in a crockpot but this is brilliant! Love the flavors here. Perfect for fall!

  9. Elizabeth O September 19, 2016 at 6:16 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love adding granola to my yogurt, and even having it in cereal and oatmeal. I love that you made a simple yet delicious one.

  10. kimmythevegan September 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    “If you guys haven’t made a Crock Pot Granola recipe yet…”
    I have never even considered making granola in a crockpot. Sounds like a super fun idea – I’m in! I’ll definitely give this a try. Sounds like a great way to make a big batch quickly & easily.

    • JulieWunder September 22, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Kimmy! I hope you enjoy it.

      • Rhonda September 26, 2016 at 1:46 am - Reply

        Brown rice cereal? Chex cerel?

        • JulieWunder September 26, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

          Like Rice Crispies or puffed rice but with brown rice. I found it in the health/ gluten free food section of my store. If you can’t find it you can sub white puffed rice cereal. Try to find one without added sugar because you don’t need it for this!

  11. Taylor Kiser September 17, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Loving the flavor combination in the granola! Perfect fall snacking!

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Taylor! Hope you are having a good weekend!

  12. Patricia @Sweet and Strong September 16, 2016 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    This sounds delicious! I love homemade granola but have never tried making it in the crockpot. I somehow have yet to buy my first pumpkin food. It doesn’t really feel like Fall yet for me because of the warmer weather here. But I’m sure I’ll get into it soon!

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Oh I know! It hasn’t been cool here yet at all… which I’m totally fine with. Maybe this week I’ll get in the pumpkin spirit!

  13. Debra @ Bowl Me Over September 16, 2016 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Ooooh this looks delicious, what a great recipe! Thanks for sharing with us at #FoodieFriDIY – have a great weekend!!

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      So glad you liked it Debra! Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  14. Miz Helen September 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I just pinned this awesome Granola, I can’t wait to make this recipe. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Lindsay Cotter September 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Love making granola in the crock pot! This looks so good!

  16. Hey Sharonoox September 16, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Great post! I really like the picture shots. I never thought of making granola in a crock pot but this looks like a great idea. Thanks for sharing

  17. Emily Kyle September 16, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I never knew you could make granola in the crockpot! This is genius (and looks absolutely delicious)!

  18. Sam @ PancakeWarriors September 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I would have never thought to make this in the crockpot – so smart!! Love this time saving tip!!

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sam! Makes the house smell amazing too.

  19. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands September 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I’ve never made granola in a crock pot, I’ve always made it in the oven. This looks amazing I hope I can find time to make it this week before heading to the Cranberry Festival next weekend!

  20. Laura September 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of making granola in the crockpot! Especially in the summer months!

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      Me too! Keeps you from having to warm up the oven. Thanks so much Laura.

  21. Katie Crenshaw September 16, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I LOVE granola. That is awesome that you can make it in a crockpot. I can’t wait to try it.

  22. April Hammond September 16, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

    What a yummy granola recipe, perfect for the fall. I love craisins, they give them out at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival 🙂

  23. Annmarie September 16, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I have never made crockpot granola- what a great idea! Can’t wait to give it a try!!! Thanks for linking up and sharing 🙂

  24. Carrie September 16, 2016 at 2:47 am - Reply

    I didn’t know how easy it was to make granola and I never knew you could make it in a crockpot! This is awesome! I am definitely going to try to do this!

  25. Emily September 16, 2016 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Granola or trail mix are two of the things I would love to make in the crockpot; I’m going to need to come back and make this soon! 🙂

  26. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free September 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    I love homemade granola recipes and my husband definitely prefers dried cranberries to raisins. I’ll have to try this crockpot method – I’ve never made it that way before!

  27. Kim September 15, 2016 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    I love using my crockpot! It makes everything so easy.

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      It does! The crock pot is my favorite kitchen.

  28. Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit September 15, 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    How have I never made granola in my crockpot before?! Seems so simple and obvious! Thanks for the delicious recipe to get me started!

  29. dixya @food, pleasure, and health September 15, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    cant wait to try the crockpot version of this..thanks for the tip on preventing it to be soggy..

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      No problem! Hope you enjoy it.

    • Maureen September 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      How do y our prevent it from being soggy? I missed that post.

      • JulieWunder September 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

        Hi Maureen! Did you use two egg whites and leave the lid to the crock pot cracked? It allows the steam to escape so it’s not soggy.

        • Maureen September 28, 2016 at 8:18 am - Reply

          Oops, I must have missed that when I read the recipe. I haven’t tried it yet but I am very excited to! Thanks for the message.

          • JulieWunder September 28, 2016 at 9:09 am

            Oh good! I was so worried you made it and it turned out soggy! I hope you enjoy it! Just leave the lid cracked a quarter of an inch or so!

  30. Runaway Bridal Planner September 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Oh this looks amazing!
    You just reminded me I never did bring a crock pot when I moved. Another thing to add to the list when I go back to visit my family and pick up!

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Ohhh yes! Bring it with you. Such a good tool.

  31. Tee September 15, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Pinning, this looks so good. I wish I could make it right now, love that it’s made in the crock pot!

  32. Neely September 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I never thought about making granola in a crockpot. What a great idea! I made hot cocoa in a crock pot recently so yummy!

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Ohhhh Neely, I’ve done that too. It’s so good. Hope you enjoy this.

  33. Maria September 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I’ve been needing a reason to use my crockpot! Thanks for the great granola recipe 🙂

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Maria! I love it! My favorite kitchen tool! Hope you enjoy this.

  34. Nellwyn September 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    This looks so yummy! Making my own granola is one of my goals for fall actually so I’ll have to try this recipe.

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Ohhhhhh you must!!! It’s easy and so much healthier! I hope you enjoy it, Nellwyn!

  35. Angela Bishop September 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    That looks so delicious. I love Craisins with Almonds! And making it in the crock pot is a genius idea. Thanks for sharing! #client

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Angela! I hope you get a chance to try it!

  36. Tara L September 15, 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    wow, never knew you can make a granola recipe in a crock pot. It’s crazy how you can make certain foods in different things. I’ll have to try this, but I have a SlowCooker would that count as the same?

  37. Jolina - The Unlikely Baker September 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    I never thought of making granola using a crock pot! How creative! But yes, my granola ALWAYS has craisins in it. Love them!

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Love those Craisins!!! Thanks so much,Jolina!

  38. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness September 15, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

    SO COOL! I never ever ever thought you could make granola in the crock pot. I LOVE mine but only use it for dinners. I gotta try this!

  39. amanda -runtothefinish September 15, 2016 at 9:14 am - Reply

    absolutely love finding new ways to use the crockpot!!!

  40. Jenn September 15, 2016 at 9:02 am - Reply

    I love homemade granola! I have never tried making it in a crockpot, however. I bet it makes your whole house smell wonderful!

  41. Ha never thought to make granola is the crockpot! Great idea

  42. Blane Sherer September 15, 2016 at 6:59 am - Reply

    A nice home made granola to start off
    for Fall.

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Blane! Hope you had a good weekend.

  43. Susie @ SuzLyfe September 15, 2016 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I think this should be made into a muffin or energy bite. JUST SAYING. LOVE me some Craisins!

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