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The age-old questions: Make VS Buy

Yeah, having food made from scratch may be ideal, but it just isn’t always going to happen.

For instance, I am not going to make my own yogurt or almond milk. I’ve heard it’s pretty simple, but for me, I’ll pass. You have to consider the time, effort, and cost of making something yourself. After all, I am a busy lady with student loans.

And that’s okay, to each their own.

What IS on my always make VS buy list: Granola.


Why? Let me tell you, because it is:

  • Super simple
  • Dirt cheap
  • Customizable

Plus, it makes your whole house smell delicious

Never tried your hand at making your own granola? Give it a try with this simple banana flax version. You won’t be disappointed!


Banana Flax Granola

Yield: 10, ½ cup servings


  • 1 banana, ripe
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350; spray 2 baking sheets with non-stick spray, set aside
  2. In a small bowl, mash banana well. Add in honey, coconut oil, and vanilla, stirring until well combined.
  3. In a large bowl combine remaining, dry ingredients.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry and toss to coat.
  5. Spread mixture between 2 baking sheets, one even layer on each.
  6. Bake for a total of ~25 minutes, stirring granola every 5-10 minutes
  7. Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place

Nutrition Information per ½ cup: 187 calories, 3.7g fat, 31.5g carbohydrate, 4.6g protein

Add a little on top of yogurt, eat with a splash of milk, or even use as an ice cream topping.

Now, whether you make or buy the yogurt, milk, or ice cream, I’ll leave that up to you 😉