Updated: Oct 9
Why is granola one of those grocery items that are super overpriced?
I love granola. You can eat it like cereal, pour it on top of yogurt or smoothie bowls, even bring a bag with you during a hike for energy. But my pockets got so tired of buying those tiny pre-packaged bags of granola for like $5.
So I thought to myself: it can't be that hard to make a base recipe. A couple of minutes in the kitchen, and voila! This homemade granola recipe was born!
This is my base granola recipe. Of course, there are so many ways to customize granola (dried fruit, chocolate/candies, nuts) that it helps to have a standard recipe you can tweak for your tastes. This granola doesn't have too much sweetness (especially because most add-ins have extra sugar!), but the maple vanilla flavor is divine. It smells so good when it's baking, y'all!
I won't judge you if you just eat as is, but try a sprinkle of this in a smoothie bowl or on top of a fruit and yogurt parfait. You'll definitely keep a container of this on hand once you see how easy it is to make!
Oats* | 2 and 1/2 cups | $1.19
Vegetable Oil | 1/4 cup | $0.08
Honey | 1/8 cup** | $0.23
Maple Syrup | 1/8 cup** | $0.13
Vanilla Extract | 1 tsp. | $0.57
Salt | 1/2 tsp. | $0.01
*I used 1-minute oats because that was all we had in the pantry - feel
free to try with old fashioned oats as well!
** 1/8 cup is just half of 1/4 cup... Since it's all sweetener anyway, just pour maple syrup into your 1/4 measuring cup to halfway, and then top it off with the honey until it's full.
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper sprayed with non-stick spray.
2. Add all ingredients except for oats to a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly until your vegetable oil is combined well.
3. Pour in oats and stir until combined. Oats should be evenly moistened.
4. Pour mixture on the parchment paper in an even layer. Using the back of a spoon, pack the granola mixture firmly.
5. Bake for about 25 minutes.
There's going to be a heavenly maple-vanilla scent coming from your oven, but try to resist and keep the oven closed so the oats bake evenly!
6. Remove pan and let granola cool for at least 30 minutes.
7. Using your hands and/or a spoon, break up granola into clumps. Stir in your toppings at this step (chocolate chunks, nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruit, etc.)
8. Store in a Ziploc bag or mason jar. Enjoy!
The Coined Breakdown
Total Cost per serving: $0.22
Total Cost (about 10 servings): $2.21
Those Other Guys: $1.30 per serving ($12.99 total)