Freezer Cooking in an Hour: Crockpot Granola, Banana Bars, and PB&J

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Silas helped me do some freezer cooking last night.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Can you tell he LOVES cooking with me?! His enthusiasm is contagious! :)

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I was really excited to try the Crockpot Granola… especially because I always love trying new ideas.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

While the Crockpot Granola was baking, I mixed up the Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

These bars totally lived up what other people had told me about them — they are fabulous! And the icing is especially amazing!

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I wasn’t as thrilled with how the granola turned out. I think I’ll stick with my favorite Lazy Granola recipe. It’s so simple and always turns out well.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I also made a bunch of Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches for the freezer. These are so handy to have in the freezer!

Recipes Links:

Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting
Crockpot Granola
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

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      • celina says

        my daughter always wants the end result..and not very patient .but my son was always my kitchen and garden helper…..she was the beater licker…lol

        and when did Silas get so big….

  1. Lana says

    The banana bars look yummy. I may have to make a half batch with the two very ripe bananas hanging around in my kitchen.

  2. Kelly says

    I’ve made your Lazy Granola recipe in the crockpot with great results! I used the method described in the link you gave. This works great in the summer when we want granola but I don’t want to heat up the kitchen. :-)

    • Kelly says

      Need to add to this after looking at the granola link. My amounts are half those in the link. When I originally printed the recipe from Amy’s site, it had different amounts. I use 7 cups of oats and cook it in my larger crockpot.

  3. says

    I’m going to have to give the Lazy Granola recipe a try. My family loves granola and an easy recipe would be great.

    My son loves to help in the kitchen too. He always grabs a chair so he can see to help me.

    Last week we made over 100 meatballs for the freezer along with a meatloaf and cooked ground beef packages.

    This month I will be getting Zaycon chicken to make into meal packages. We should be stocked up on freezer meals for a bit.

  4. says

    I’ve actually never thought to add pb+j to my freezer meal repertoire but it’s actually kind of brilliant! I’m planning to do another once a month (once every 3 months because I make enough for 3 months) cook day this Wednesday and Thursday (because the first Tuesday of the month is 15% off groceries where I live) and if there is any room in my freezer at the end, I will throw in some sandwiches for lunches and snacks for the kids. Thanks for the idea!

  5. Mindy says

    How old is your Silas? I have one of my own who loves to help when I freezer cook! My Silas is 4 and looks close in age to yr Silas. You used to live in Wisconsin, didn’t you? Thanks for the freezer meal ideas. I belong to a freezer meal swap group and we are always looking for new ideas!

      • Nicole says

        I also have a question about your silas :). My oldest boy is 3 1/2 and I’ve seen you mention the kindergarden my fathers world curriculum. I was wondering how old he was when you started it with him? My son turns 4 in may and I was thinking on starting him in september. I would also loved to know how it worked out for you. Thank you :)

  6. Jen says

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the freezer? Ummm… Brilliant!!! I love the simple things in life! I couldn’t help but notice your slow cooker in your photo of Silas. It looks just like my Hamilton Beach programmable slow cooker with the probe. I’ve been SO frustrated with mine since I got it a year ago. I received it as a gift and loved the idea of programming it and then it switches to warm versus just cooking and cooking until you get home 10 hours later. But EVERY meat dish I cook in it is dry!!! This week I made beef stew and the stew beef was so chewy. I think it’s because of the permanent hole in the lid for the probe. I think all of the moisture is escaping if you’re not using the probe. Do you have this problem? Or am I using it wrong?

  7. Tressa says

    Curious, as to what brand and model of crockpot you use. We are needing to replace ours (not big enough). What would you reccomend?

  8. Joan says

    My boys prefer peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches. Do you think they could be frozen as well?

  9. Becky says

    Crockin’ Girls have a wonderful slow cooker granola recipe. I replace the chocolate chips with dried cranberries. I also replace the waluts with slivered almonds. I also cut the sugar in half.

  10. Laurie says

    I tried a different slow cooker granola recipe — and cracked my stoneware crock! Apparently there wasn’t enough liquid in the recipe. Thankfully Crock-Pot has a great two-year warranty and replaced my crock for free, but I am going to stick with granola in the oven from now on.

  11. Julie says

    Crystal, I tried to find the post you made a couple of week or so ago with the recipe for No Knead Yeast Bread. I have made it twice and think it has potential but it needs a few tweaks. The outside gets too chewy for one thing and it also doesn’t rise much. That part may work better in warmer weather when the temperature in the house is warmer. I was just wondering if you made it and how yours turned out. Thanks.

  12. Christine says

    Is there anything that can be substituted for the sour cream? I do not have any and want to make the banana bars.

  13. Amy t says

    Tried the banana bars today.. the bar itself is yummy… the icing is horrible. It has a weird taste to it and it overpowers the bars.. I might try to make again without the icing maybe just use some powered sugar.

  14. Rachel S says

    Did the banana bars freeze well? I made them tonight and would love to freeze half the batch because it makes so much!

  15. Christy says

    Where did you get your big glass jars in the first picture? I have been looking for something exactly like those!