There are tons of choices of granola at the store so why spend the effort making your own?
I’ve shared my process for making homemade granola, but here I wanted to research whether or not it’s cost-effective. Here are the ingredients from the recipe I posted:
- -2 cups steel-cut oats
- -1 tablespoon olive oil
- -1/2 cup chopped nuts
- -1/2 cup dried fruit
- -1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- -1 tablespoon syrup
- -Pinch of salt
Here’s a price list using Aldi or Meijer store brand prices. The syrup price is from the fake, high-fructose corn syrup varieties. Canadians say that this is the sort of syrup you get from tapping telephone poles so I advise against it!
Homemade Granola Ingredient Price List
So a grand total of $0.14/oz from the yield of this recipe (I left out the negligible cost of salt). Is that cheaper than store-bought granola?
Yep. By a long shot.
In fact, it’s less than half of some of the name-brand granola. Here are some comparisons:
- Bear Naked–$0.37/oz
- General Mills Protein Granola–$0.38/oz
- Store Brand Granola Bars–$0.28/oz
- Various Cereals–$0.20-$0.32/oz
It’s your choice in the end. It’s $1.12 for a cup of delicious, homemade stuff or almost $3 for the top-quality granola at the store.