Homemade Granola Recipe – Easy and Frugal

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Once you make your first batch you’ll be hooked by the taste, the simplicity, and the price. We were! This is a very easy and rewarding baking project, so little effort for such a yummy result.

Homemade granola ended our quest for the perfect breakfast

For the majority of 2009 mornings the Jabs household has been eating a yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit breakfast. We started with store bought yogurt but quickly moved to homemade kefir instead (kefir is the healthier sibling to yogurt). We also moved quickly from store bought blueberries to picking our own local, organic blueberries.

For awhile now the last store-bought holdout has been our granola.  Then I received this email from reader Teresa W:

“I found your site while searching for homemade detergent (which is great), and I notice you and your wife eat the same breakfast my husband & I eat every morning, (we are addicted). I thought you might want my recipe for homemade granola (healthy w/ no oil) Yummy, and cheaper than store-bought. We make our yogurt as well – it’s also much cheaper than store purchased. Let me know, God Bless your Ministry.”  ~ Teresa

I was like… “Uhhhh yeah! Bring it on Teresa.” She did… and the results have been awesome!

Homemade Granola Recipe

(Adapted from Teresa’s recipe)

Cost = approximately $1.50/batch (at time of writing)


Butter a large cookie sheet or bar pan with sides that allow you to stir the mixture. Preheat oven to 300°. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and stir thoroughly (will be slightly wet). Spread into single layer on buttered pan and bake for 15 minutes. Stir contents, arrange in single layer again, and continue baking for another 10-12 minutes, or until slightly golden. Allow to cool. Granola will be crunchy when cooled.

I you like, after cooling you can stir in dried fruit like cherries, raisins, cranberries etc.

Store in glass jar for optimal freshness.

If you double the recipe make sure you use a very large baking pan so the layer will still be thin enough to get toasty. Also… bake at 300° and not higher. This allows the granola to bake slowly and get toasty and crunchy.

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Once you prepare, bake, and taste this heavenly snack… you’ll be kicking yourself that you have not been making your own granola all along. We did!


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  1. Traci says

    This recipe is exactly what I was looking for! Ever make it with stevia? I might tinker around with that, and possibly adding some cocoa powder to give it a different flavor, too.

  2. Shannon says

    My husband has an allergy to raw coconut. Do you have any suggestions for leaving this out? I don’t think an epi-pen goes well with breakfast!

  3. Ashley says

    My husband likes the taste of Coconut but doesn’t like the texture.. is there something that i can use to get the flavor with out actually using the shavings??

  4. Lori Jablon says

    Hi Matt~~~~This sounds simple and delicious….Do you know how many cups it makes approximately? About 4????


  5. Jess says

    Is premade granola bad for you? I was told that it just turns into sugar once your body starts to break it down. However, our local health food store sells it…. I am confused.

  6. emma says

    We love the recipe but the maple syrup is really bumping up the cost anyone know were to get it cheaper? cheapest I have found is $16 for 32oz

    • aravis says

      I’ve made granola with honey or cane sugar (dissolved with the oil over low heat before mixing in). They both work great.

    • Matt Jabs says

      We buy maple syrup by the gallon, much cheaper that way. We can get it in Michigan for about $50/gallon and down here in North Carolina for closer to $65/gallon.

  7. Stacy says

    Teresa – Best part about this post was the part about how you are paying off debts! My husband and I want to have kids and me be able to stay home with the kids. If we look at it with our eyes it’s impossible but everywhere I look God is saying TRUST ME I will provide everything you need! So thank you for another sign!!! God used you tonight to speak to me!!!

    • Matt Jabs says

      Isn’t it amazing how GREAT God is and how loving, powerful, patient, and faithful. Trust God Stacy and obey His commandments, He promised to provide for those who love Him. God bless.

  8. Eve says

    Do you have to use pure maple syrup – as in the kind that is expensive – or just regular pancake syrup? I have made 2 batches of the granola and my family loves it. I bought 100% pure maple syrup for $6+ and it is enough to make 2 batches. Was wondering if I really need to spend $3 just in syrup for each batch. It’s worth it but if I don’t need to spend that much, I’d rather not.
    I am also looking at making my own syrup, would that work for the granola?

    • Matt Jabs says

      Hi Eve, buying maple syrup one gallon at a time is MUCH cheaper, that’s what we do. I wouldn’t use the commercial pancake syrup if they paid me, that stuff is straight HFCS.

  9. Melissa says

    just made it, but my granola ended up being chewy instead of crunchy…gonna give it another shot 🙂

    • Matt Jabs says

      Hi Melissa, did you spread it out on a cookie sheet, cook it for 15 minutes, turn it, then cook for another 12-15 minutes? Keep trying… it turns out wonderful for us every time! God bless.

      • Melissa says

        the second batch turned out…I substituted applesause for half of the maple syrup the first time and assume that is the reason it didn’t turn out..I still like it chewy…but the second batch was sooooooo good…I also sprinkled on more cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and pumpkin pie spice…:)

        • Matt Jabs says

          Betsy said that you have to let the granola completely cool and dry on the cookie sheet before stirring and putting away… so that could have been the problem too.

  10. Shannon says

    This looks great. I’m making granola for my wedding favors so I needed to find one that was healthy, delicious, easy and affordable! One question: how many servings does this recipe make?