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Granola makes for a delicious breakfast, a great snack, and an excellent and crunchy topping to yogurt. However, it is seriously pricey to buy (and sometimes the store-bought stuff is still tragically dry and crumbly). Making your own fresh, amazing granola is easier than you think and insanely inexpensive. Here’s the cost breakdown:
Cost comparison of granola:
- Store price: $0.19/oz. for the generic stuff up to $0.55/oz. for the premium stuff
- Price of homemade: $0.11/oz.
- Savings: 41% – 80%
Making homemade granola can often be a pain, as most recipes require you to stir the granola while baking to prevent burning. The folks at America’s Test Kitchen however came up with a no-stir, super-simple recipe that I saw while watching Season 14 of their show a few years ago. Plus, it’s delicious.
Here’s the recipe, along with some tools I highly recommend to simplify the job.
- Large whisk
- Big mixing bowl: Choose one with a wide mouth so that you can toss your ingredients easily.
- Heavy-duty spatula
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Sheet pan
- Parchment paper
- Potato masher: Yes, really!
- Airtight cereal container: For compact storage and easy pouring
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or pancake syrup if you also hate maple flavor!)
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 5 cups old-fashioned oats (not steel-cut, instant, or quick oats)
- 2 cups chopped/sliced almonds or nut of your choice
- 2 cups whole raisins or chopped, dried fruit of your choice
Whisk together the syrup, sugar, oil, vanilla, and salt.
Use a spatula to stir in oats until evenly coated. Add nuts and mix to coat.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dump the granola onto the baking sheet. Using the back of your spatula or a potato masher (to get the job done quickly and easily), press granola into a compact layer.
Bake in a 325-degree oven for 30-40 minutes, rotating sheet once halfway through baking time. Let granola sit for 1 hour to cool and form clumps.
Use your hands to break apart granola into pieces of a variety of sizes. Add raisins and stir to combine.
Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!