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Is Homemade Granola Cheaper Than Buying At A Store?

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.

Homemade Granola

It’s tastier, cheaper, and healthier than buying it from the store so why not make it at home? The added bonus is that our house smells like maple syrup and vanilla for hours afterward!

It’s a pretty family-friendly activity too. Our 3-year-old Lucy loves holding the measuring cup while we pour ingredients and does a passable job stirring it up.

We made it while our 1-year-old was taking a nap so that made it a bit easier too.

Ingredients:

-2 cups steel-cut oats

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used cashews…good with sliced almonds too)

-1/2 cup dried fruit

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

-1 tablespoon syrup

-Pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300°F

Mix everything except the dried fruit together in a bowl. You can add the fruit, but it tends to get a bit tough after cooking. I cooked them in this batch and the wife and kids didn’t enjoy it.

Spread them thinly on a cookie sheet or two (aluminum foil keeps clean up easier). Toast for 15 minutes. Remove the sheets, shuffle the granola, and return to toast for another 15. Repeat until you reach the crunchiness and color you want.

Here are a couple pictures of my double- batch:

Before:

After:

 

Next time I’ll have to look up some alternative flavorings and possibly try making clusters. Have you tried doing this differently? Any suggestions?