Homemade Granola – How to Save a Small Fortune

In our house, we eat a lot of granola. For example, we eat it with cereal, oatmeal, yogurt and straight from the container. It is one of those foods that you can alter and customize to whatever you have in the pantry to fit your cravings. In this blog, I am going to go over how you can make Homemade Granola and how to save your family a small fortune not needing to buy it from the store.

Elliana and Levi eating homemade Granola and yogurt
Elliana and Levi enjoying granola with yogurt!

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Published December 31, 2021
Updated March 28, 2022
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Cookbooks

A few years ago, my mother-in-law Christina, gifted me with the America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook. This cookbook legit has hundreds of recipes, is filled with tips and tricks, and steps on how to make the best meals at home. It is my go-to for our family’s favorite granola recipe. Check out the link below to get your copy, it is on sale and the prices are really great on Amazon.
*America’s Test Kitchen is not a sponsor of this post*

The best part of making Homemade Granola, is that you can alter the ingredients and then add whatever you’d like to make it sweet or salty or fruity. We typically have pecans in the pantry, and as they are the one I am not allergic to, they are usually the only nut added to our granola. In the past we have added raisins or dried fruit to granola, but through process of elimination, trials and errors, we have found the bare-bones granola is the best for our needs. Having a simple granola that is good with anything is great because you can use it for so many ways.

This morning, Levi and Elliana are having Homemade Granola with Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey on top. On average, we eat one big container of plain Greek yogurt a week. It is more expensive than plain yogurt, but with 0% fat and packed with protein. Also, with some of us sensitive to dairy, the high protein helps to counteract the lactose and actually sits well in our stomachs. If you have not tried Greek yogurt, try it as a substitute for sour cream.

homemade granola in green bowl with yogurt
Greek yogurt, honey and homemade granola for the win!

Cost to make your own granola

Buying granola is not a bad thing, please do not get me wrong. However, if you need it right away or do not have the ingredients, it is for sure the way to go. In our house, we have six people, and we go through food ridiculously fast. A bag of granola from a store can cost a pretty penny too. For example, below are two different granola, one from Festival Foods and the other from ALDI.

$6.19 Nature Valley Granola, Protein, Oats and Honey
5 x 11 oz

#1 Nature Valley Granola Protein- Oats & Honey $6.19
*Name-brand from Festival Foods (A local grocery store)

$3.05 Millville Oats & Honey Protein Crunchy Granola

#2 Millville Protein Oats & Honey ALDI $3.05
*ALDI brand

Buying a bag of granola from ALDI is less than half the cost. They are both Oats & Honey flavored and 11-oz. Prices will additionally vary depending on your location and the store you shop at.
*Neither ALDI nor Nature Valley are sponsors of this post*

The price to make granola changes with what you decide to put in the recipe. This recipe calls for Old Fashioned Oats, maple syrup, vanilla, oil, salt, brown sugar and nuts. Here is a breakdown of the cost to make this recipe from our local ALDI.

5 cups Old Fashioned Oats $2.40
1/3 cup Maple syrup $0.16
1/2 cup Oil $0.24
4 tsp vanilla $0.18
1/2 tsp Salt $0.04
1/3 cup packed Brown sugar $0.16
2 cups Pecans $4.00
1 tsp Cinnamon $0.04

The total cost to make this recipe is $7.22.
Total, the weight of this recipe makes over two pounds of granola.
Per ounce, that makes this recipe $0.22 an ounce.
Store bought granola costs $0.27 an ounce at ALDI and $0.56 an ounce from the store-brand granola. Making your own granola, if you are buying name brand, saves you so much money! To buy the same amount that I made from a store-brand would cost $17.92.

I’d say that is saving a small fortune, especially if you go through a lot of granola.
If you were to then buy a bag of granola twice a month, name brand, you will spend $160.00 a year. Making your own, with this recipe once a month costs $86.64. That is a total savings of $74.36.

The reason I like to do this cost comparison and breakdown is to show you how you too can see what you spend for meals, foods and recipes. It truly has helped me get a grasp on our food budget. Knowing we can spend less making food from scratch has helped me to really embrace my Scratch Kitchen ways and to additionally help someone to start a journey to making food from scratch.

Reasons for making granola

There are a few reasons I have chosen for making granola from scratch. The main reason would be how costly it can be. Making Homemade Granola can literally can save you SO much money. The cost from buying to making is doubled, as long as you purchase your ingredients in bulk. Go for the bigger container of Old-Fashioned Oats and not a small container and then store them in an airtight container. They will last a long time and you can add them to cookies, bread, cook for breakfast, and more.

The second reason for embracing homemade granola is to not die, really. Being allergic to almonds, I literally cannot buy a granola that does not include “tree nuts” as a nutrition caution, and as a result every package I have looked at has tree nuts listed as in ingredient. So, to stay healthy and safe, I have opted to make from scratch all of our granola, granola bars and snacks. Buying these things, with a nut allergy for example, is just not safe option anymore. If you are like me, and have a nut allergy, you can still enjoy delicious foods. Finding recipes and then altering them to fit your needs helps to take control back for your health. Personally, I have noticed a HUGE difference since finding my almond allergy and removing it completely from my diet.

Homemade Granola Recipe

Ingredients

5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/3 cup Maple syrup
1/2 cup Oil
4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Salt
1/3 cup packed Brown sugar
2 cups Pecans
1 tsp Cinnamon

all the ingredients for homemade granola

Directions

1. Firstly, preheat your oven to 325 degrees with the oven rack in the upper-middle position.
This recipe is from the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook and this recipe is on page 674.

homemade granola in recipe book

2. Secondly, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then set aside.
Using parchment paper helps the granola to not stick and then burn to the baking sheet. It also helps to be removed way easier after it is cooked. Plus, cleanup is a breeze!

3. Thirdly, in a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, oil and cinnamon.

mix ingredients for homemade granola in large bowl with whisk
This mixture smells so delicious!

4. Measure and then add Old Fashioned Oats, mixing well with a spatula.

5. Fold in chopped pecans, or any other nuts or fruits you choose to add.
You can use dried fruit, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, coconut or a mixture of any of them you choose. I like to keep random bags of nuts and fruits in our pantry, so when we want to make a recipe, we will have fruits or nuts on-hand.

6. Then, transfer mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread it evenly.

7. Use a flat-bottomed baking dish to flatten and compress the mixture, doing this helps to create bigger chunks of granola once it is finished baking, instead of just all crumbles. For example, I used a flat-bottomed small 4X4 inch baking dish to press the mixture flat.

8. Bake until lightly browned, 40-45 minutes, making sure to rotate the pan halfway through baking.
Do not over-bake this granola! It can easily burn, and no one likes burnt granola.
Check it at 40-minutes to see if it has started to brown and check it to see if it needs more time. One way to check for doneness is to try to break one corner by lifting the corner of the granola “sheet”, if it is crunchy and breaks easily your granola is done. If the corner sticks together and bends as one sheet, bake it for a few more minutes, while keeping an eye on it to prevent burning.
Having the granola crunchy helps to preserve its freshness and keeps it longer. If the granola is too moist, it may go bad quicker.

baked homemade granola

9. Finally, remove the baking sheet from oven and let rest to cool.
Cooling your granola to room temperature can take upwards to one hour. Let it cool completely before storing it, so all of the moisture and heat is removed.
Feel free to snack on your still-warm granola, as it is unbelievably delicious, and you will find it hard to resist.

homemade granola on plate

10. Break granola into pieces and then store in an air-tight container.
These 1-Gallon containers from Rubbermaid work perfect at storing this entire recipe. I have had this set for years and LOVE them. They are perfectly tall to fit a lot of food, and great at keeping granola fresh for weeks. Check out the link to find a set for yourself!

Enjoy!
~Monica

homemade granola in red storage container

Recipe for Homemade Granola

Ingredients for Homemade Granola

5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/3 cup Maple syrup
1/2 cup Oil
4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Salt
1/3 cup packed Brown sugar
2 cups Pecans
1 tsp Cinnamon

Directions for Granola

1. Firstly, preheat your oven to 325 degrees with the oven rack in the upper-middle position.
2. Secondly, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then set aside.
3. Thirdly, in a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, oil and cinnamon.
4. Fourthly, measure and add Old Fashioned Oats, mixing well with a spatula.
5. Fifth, fold in chopped pecans, or any other nuts or fruits you choose to add.
6. Then transfer mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread it evenly.
7. Next, use a flat-bottomed baking dish to flatten and then compress the mixture.
8. Bake until lightly browned, 40-45 minutes, making sure to rotate the pan halfway through baking.
9. Finally, remove baking sheet from oven and let rest to cool.
10. Break granola into pieces and then store in an air-tight container.
Enjoy!
~Monica

America's Test Kitchen Cookbook granola recipe

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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