I talked about fall smells in my last post. Wonderful spiciness, delicious air, when life turns into a giant candle. One of my great vehicles for smells this seasons is my crockpot. I never had a crockpot before getting married (only old married women cook in crockpots, right?) and it is truly my favorite appliance. Not only does it concoct delicious foods, but the aroma that fills my apartment because of it is drool worthy.
This Spiced Walnut Date Granola was a slice of autumn as it cooked. It was all cinnamony and gingery and nutmegy and better than any wallflower you could plug in. Cooking it in the crockpot eliminated the almost certain danger of burning it in the oven. Sure, it takes longer in the crockpot than the oven (about 3 to 3 and a half hours rather than an hour or so), but that means the smell lasted longer too.
Just for the heck of it, here is a list of wonderful fall smells:
- Fire smoke
Mmmmm, the aroma of fall. And it’s even better when it is delivered to you through a crockpot! Crockpot cooking makes life happier, in many ways. Ease, smells, deliciousness – if you don’t have one, get one!
SPICED WALNUT DATE GRANOLA
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
3 tbsp flax
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup pure maple
2 tbsp apple butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 tbsp egg white
Banana, cottage cheese, and pure maple for garnishment
1. Mix all dry ingredients in bowl of crockpot.
2. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients, adding egg white last. Whip for 30 seconds, then pour over dry ingredients. Stir until well incorporated.
3. Turn crockpot on high (2 to 4 hour setting). Leave lid cracked so moisture can escape (you don’t want soggy granola!). Stir occasionally.