I hope this post, Day 16 of my 31 day series Crush Your Food Costs, finds you well. Day 16, Make Your Own Granola to Save, is a fun, easy one. And if you’re a granola lover, making your own is a way to save significant cash.
Do you like those fancy bags of granola with the compound flavors like White Chocolate Cranberry or Roasted Nantucket Mist? Me too. But goodness, they cost a lot. There’s a woman in my town who’s got quite a successful business manufacturing granola. In fact, her product is being carried nationally. And it is really delicious. But the last time I checked, one 3 1/2 cup bag cost $8.95. How long does a bag last in our household? Maybe two days, tops.
I’ve listed an easy recipe below:
- vegetable oil spray
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons sugar or vanilla sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- Spray a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with cooking oil spray
- Combine oats, almonds, brown sugar and salt in a large heat-proof mixing bowl. Stir to combine
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Meanwhile, put vegetable oil, honey and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring then reduce heat to simmer until combined. (Be careful, this is hot sugar).
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Pour oil/honey/sugar/vanilla mixture over the oat mixture and stir quickly and well to combine.
- Pour or spoon evenly over prepared sheet or pan and put in oven for 30 to 37 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so to avoid burning.
- Remove from oven and let granola cool completely before packaging.
Making your own at home with ingredients you’ve bought on sale is a lot cheaper. In fact, I can buy ingredients on sale, including nuts, to make several batches of granola for the price of two bags of store-bought hometown lady granola.
Have you ever made your own granola? Do you like to eat it? How much have you paid for a box of granola?