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Best Slow-Cooked After-School Snacks

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Ditch the sugary snacks and give kids healthier, savory-sweet alternatives that will make them forget all about those cream-filled cakes and calorie-laden cookies. These tasty, wholesome treats will be a welcome surprise for them to satisfy their midday hunger and help keep their energy up for homework and after school activities before dinner. With the Crock-Pot® 3-Quart Manual Slow Cooker you can create an entire batch of your children's favorite snack that'll last all week long.

Cereal Trail Mix
A classic and a favorite, this cereal trail mix doubles as the perfect party treat and after-school snack. You can get as crafty and creative as you want with this recipe by adding and swapping types of nuts, cereals and candies.


  • 9 cups cereal of your choice
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup whole grain O cereal
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and hot
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, optional
  • 1 cup popcorn, optional
  • Chocolate chips or chocolate candies, optional.


  1. Add the cereal, pretzels, Cheerios and peanuts to your slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the butter and salt then add in Worcestershire sauce until well-combined.
  3. Pour the sauce into your slow cooker and toss with cereal mixture until well-coated.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, stirring 45 minutes into cooking time.
  5. When cooking is complete, spread the mix evenly on a baking sheet to cool.
  6. Once cooled, mix in popcorn and chocolate candies if desired.
  7. Seal in airtight containers to enjoy throughout the week!
Customize your chex mix by adding any dry snack you'd like.Customize your mix by adding any dry snack you'd like.

Honey and Nut Granola
There are countless ways to create your own granola, but this slow-cooked recipe is one of the best.


  • 5 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, heated
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup dried pineapple, chopped, optional
  • 1 cup dried mangoes, chopped, optional.


  1. Add the old-fashioned oats, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, almonds and cashews to your slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl combine the coconut oil and honey until well-combined. Blend in the brown cinnamon, salt, brown sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour the entire bowl over the oat mixture in your slow cooker and toss until completely coated.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, stirring well every 20 minutes.
  5. When finished, spread the granola evenly on a baking sheet and allow it to cool.
  6. Then, mix in the dried fruit pieces if desired.
  7. Store in airtight containers and enjoy!
There's nothing quite as satisfying as homemade granola.There's nothing quite as satisfying as homemade granola.

Oatmeal Bars
Instead of store-bough granola bars, try these wholesome, homemade oatmeal bars instead!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional toppings: blueberries, chocolate chips, raisins, trail mix, raspberries, coconut or dried cherries.


  1. With a stand mixer, blend the eggs, vanilla banana and milk until well-combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. 
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and combine well.
  4. Line your slow cooker with parchment paper.
  5. Spread the batter evenly on top of the parchment paper and be sure to level off the top.
  6. If any of the optional toppings are desired, add them on top of the batter and press them in.
  7. If you'd like, you can create different sections of various toppings.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  9. When finished, hold edges of parchment paper to lift the bars out of the slow cooker.
  10. Lay on a cutting board and chop the mixture into 16 oatmeal bars.
  11. Wrap individually or store in an airtight container for later consumption.
Create healthy and delicious oatmeal bars right in your own kitchen.Create healthy and delicious oatmeal bars right in your own kitchen.
Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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