Here’s a most amazing, inexpensive recipe for a healthy, delicious snack: granola bars.
The Two Frugal Fairfielders got together and made these homemade granola bars. We used a mix of conventional and organic ingredients. What a hit these were for both of our families! We look forward to making these, again, with different variations. This recipe is courtesy of Living on a Dime, one of our favorite frugal websites.
Below each of the ingredients in the recipe below is a sample price of both a conventional and organic option. Prices will vary in your area and do not reflect sales or coupons. Totals are deliberately not included, in case you decide to mix organic ingredients with conventional ingredients, like we did. The prices in red reflect about what you’d pay for using these ingredients for this particular recipe.
However, we will add that this recipe yields 24 bars that cost on average half the price of the conventional granola bars found in the stores (which range in box counts and non-sale costs from store brand/10 bars for $2.69 to name brand/8-12 bars that cost $3.29 to $3.55 a box). We will also add that the boxed granola bars, which may be inexpensive when they are on sale and with coupon, are still not nearly as healthy and tasty as this recipe below. Our families will agree 100 percent.
Homemade Granola Bars
3/4 cup brown sugar
Domino Brand Light Brown Sugar 1 lb box $1.39, $.09/oz. –$.53
organic brown sugar $.13/oz. – $.77
1/2 cup sugar
Stop & Shop Sugar Pure Cane Granulated 2 LB box $1.59 ; $.05/ oz. $1.59 – $ .18
organic bulk evaporated cane sugar $1.50/lb, $.09/oz – $ .32
1/2 cup butter
Stop & Shop Sweet Cream Butter Unsalted Sticks – 4 qrtrs 1 lb box $2.50 – $.62
Trader Joe’s unsalted butter rBST-free – $ 2.79 1 lb box – $.70
2 Tbsp. honey
Nature’s Promise Organics Honey Golden 12 oz. jar $3.79; $.32 / oz – $ .32
Trader Joes raw honey 16 oz jar $5.99; $.38/oz – $.38
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Stop & Shop Pure Extract Vanilla 2 oz btl $2.99; $1.50/oz. – $.12
Frontier Brand organic pure vanilla extract 8 oz $14.70, $1.84/oz – $ .16
Stop & Shop Eggs White Grade A Large 1 doz $2.69 – $ .23
Whole Foods or Trade Joe’s Organic Large Eggs 1 doz $3.69 – $ .31
1 cup flour
5 lb bag of Gold Medal regular white flour $2.99, .60/lb; $.04/oz. – $.15
organic unbleached bulk white flour $.87/lb – $ .22
organic bulk whole wheat flour $.99/lb – $ .25
1 tsp. cinnamon
McCormick Cinnamon 3.62 oz btl $2.79; $.77/oz. – $.09
Frontier Brand organic bulk 1lb bag $13.75, $ .86/oz – $ .10
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Pure 16 oz box $.89, $ .06/oz – $.003
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Pure 13.5 lb bag $6.50, $ .03/oz – $.0015
1/4 tsp. salt
Stop & Shop Salt Iodized 26 oz $.69; $.03/oz – $ .0008
Frontier Brand Sea Salt $.09/oz – $.0025
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
Stop & Shop Oats Rolled Old Fashioned 42 oz pkg $3.39; $.08/oz. – $.46
organic bulk rolled oats – $ .90/lb, $ .06/oz – $.34
1 1/4 cups any whole grain type cereal
Stop and Shop multigrain o’s cereal 12.5 oz. box $2.79; $.22/oz – $1.05
Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise organic whole grain cereal – $.30/oz – $1.72
1/2 cup wheat germ (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips*
Hershey’s Baking Chips Semi-Sweet Chocolate12 oz bag $2.89, $.24/o. – $1.92
Trader Joes Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips – 16 oz bag $2.29, $ .15/oz – $1.20
Sunspire organic chocolate chips – 9 oz bag $5.00, $.56/oz – $4.45
In a large bowl, cream sugars and butter until fluffy. Add honey, vanilla and egg. Mix well. Blend in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir in remaining ingredients. Press firmly into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.
To microwave: Press ingredients into a microwave safe dish. Microwave on medium power for 7-9 minutes. Rotate dish every three minutes. Bars will firm as they stand. Cool and cut into bars. Save the crumbs for yogurt or ice cream topping. Makes 24 bars.
*The following may be used in addition to or to replace chocolate chips: 1 cup coconut, 1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter, 1/2 cup nuts, 1/2-1 cup raisins, dried apples or apricots, 1/2 cup fruit preserves.
~ Aimee and Marilyn, TFF