Grocery Items You Can Make Better at Home

Forget home-style packaged foods; these 100-percent-homemade recipes are the real deal. Make your own convenience items, such as sauces, nut butters, and baking mixes, as well as treats like chips, fruit leather, and snack cakes. Each of these grocery store faves is made with fewer (and more pronounceable) ingredients than anything you'd buy in a store. It's nothing but the good stuff!

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    Breakfast Tarts

    Jam-filled interior: check. Icing-drizzled pastry: check. It's official: These golden-brown tarts are everything you love about the store-bought version, plus guess who gets to control the ingredients? That's right—you do.

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    Kombucha

    Fermented tea has gained quite the following for its supposed health benefits. Make a bottle (it takes only five ingredients), then try the ginger and orange variations.

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    Spicy Almond Butter

    A couple teaspoons of harissa, or spiced chile paste, give this four-ingredient almond butter its signature heat. Spread it on toast, add it to stir-fry, or thin it with coconut milk for an Asian-inspired sauce. It's deliciously versatile!

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    Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

    Our DIY version of the childhood snack-aisle favorite features ingredients you can actually pronounce—and probably already have in your pantry.

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    Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

    Bypass the frozen aisle the next time you're craving these molten cheese snack sticks. If you have mozzarella cheese sticks, dry bread crumbs, flour, and eggs, you're halfway to marinara sauce-dipped bliss.

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    Almond Milk

    No lactose, and no grocery store run either. Almond milk (and walnut milk, for that matter) is actually super easy to make in your own home.

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    Homemade English Muffins

    Sure, you could pick up bread at the store, but you could also have fresh, homemade English muffins for breakfast tomorrow morning. Make homemade jam, and you’ll be unstoppable.

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    Strawberry Margarita Dessert Sauce

    What makes this ruby-red sauce better than store-bought strawberry ice cream topping? It could be the citrusy kick of lime, definitely. But we're betting it's the tequila.

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    Beef Bone Broth

    Protein-packed and full of flavor, bone broth is more than a hot trend on Instagram. Veggies, basil, garlic, and bay leaves give ours its rich taste.

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    Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Bar

    In need of some grab-and-go snacks to have on hand? These chocolate-peanut butter granola bars also have oats, crisp rice cereal, pretzels, and chia seeds. So much better than what you'd buy at the store.

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    All-Time-Favorite Chili con Queso

    Maybe this isn’t the healthiest snack, but at least you can pronounce the ingredients in this warm, cheesy dip. All that’s missing is tortilla chips, but you can make those from scratch, too.

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    Homemade Graham Crackers

    Ever wonder what makes graham crackers so simply delicious? Bake your own and find out.

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    No-Bake Energy Poppers

    Energy bites don’t have to be store-bought. These oat-based poppers are sweetened with honey. No cane sugar here!

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    Sriracha-Honey Beef Jerky

    Bet you never thought you'd be known for your artisan-quality beef jerky. But with a little steaming, marinating in a sweet hot sauce, and some leisurely dry time in your dehydrator, this bold and tasty jerky will win you that acclaim.

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    DIY Coffee Creamer

    Missing your favorite flavor of creamer in your morning cup of joe? Don't worry. It's simple to make it yourself. Each flavor of creamer has the same two base ingredients, allowing for easy customization.

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    Pita Chips

    A few strategic cuts across a pita round followed by a brush of olive oil, a sprinkle of oregano, and a little bake time, and you're enjoying crunchy pita chips that have never known the inside of an aluminum-coated bag. Enjoy!

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    Curly Fries

    Skip the freezer aisle, and make curly fries yourself. This recipe calls for only five ingredients: potatoes, flour, salt, pepper, and canola oil for frying.

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    DIY Marshmallows

    Top those homemade graham crackers with homemade marshmallows. Voilà! Delicious, you-know-what's-in-'em s'mores. For even more sweetness, try our coconut, orange cream, and cocoa variations.

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    Homemade Noodles

    Try these tender, lightly eggy noodles once, and you may never go back to store-bought pasta again. And if you're hoping to dry and freeze the noodles, we include instructions for that, too!

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    Gluten Free Flour Mix

    Making your own gluten-free baking mix is totally achievable. Get the exact ingredients and proportions for your gluten-free baking.

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    Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

    No need to buy barbecue sauce in squeeze bottles when you can make this thick, tangy, perfectly balanced BBQ sauce with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

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    Strawberry-Lemon Fruit Leather

    With four ingredients and half an hour of your time, you can prep 16 servings of this sweet-tart and utterly addictive strawberry fruit leather. (And, psst, you don't even need a dehydrator.)

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    Homemade Coarse Ground Mustard

    You might slap your forehead after making this three-step recipe and wonder, Why did I never make my own mustard before? 

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    Roasted Tomato Ketchup

    As it turns out, making everyone's favorite condiment at home is almost as easy as buying it! After tasting the roasted tiny tomatoes used in this recipe, you'll never buy ketchup at the store again.

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    DIY Cookie Butter

    This yummy cookie butter is dangerously easy to make at home. It's perfect on apples and toast or straight off the spoon!

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    Pita Flatbread

    Those bags of rounds in the bread aisle can't compare to these tender, chewy, yeasty pita pockets. Best part? You need only five ingredients to make them!

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    Fresh Marinara Sauce

    Step away from the jarred stuff. We'll show you how to make rich, tasty marinara sauce with a few simple ingredients. Think roma tomatoes, garlic, and fresh basil!

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    Bloody Mary Mix

    Leave the gigantic bottle of red stuff on the liquor store shelf. This bold, citrusy concoction, flavored with horseradish and lemon juice, will turn brunch on its head. (Prefer yours with clam-tomato juice? Click the link below to find our lime-spiked Bloody Caesar variation.)

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    Ginger Cookie Butter

    Grab the gingersnaps. Snack time just got real. This two-step cookie butter comes together in your food processor and is packed with amazing gingery flavor, courtesy of cookies and pumpkin pie spice!

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    Creme-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

    If you get nostalgic at the sight of these chocolaty snack cakes, chances are you had an awesome childhood. And because we made them with honest-to-goodness ingredients, like milk chocolate, butter, and powdered sugar, you can have your cupcakes and eat 'em, too.

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    No-Churn Loaf Pan Ice Cream

    Homemade ice cream is easy to make. Only three ingredients and no time-consuming churning are involved in this loaf pan version.

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    All-Purpose Baking Mix

    Five ingredients and one simple step (combine), and you're on your way to tender biscuits, muffins, waffles, or any other baked good your heart desires. (Try our whole wheat flour variation.)

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    Soft Pretzels

    Frozen? Puh-leeze. These yeasty, salt-sprinkled pretzels trump anything that's spent time behind a freezer aisle door. Check out the full how-to, from kneading and twisting to baking.

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    Powdered Sugar Icing

    Making this three-ingredient icing is wayyy easier than driving to the grocery store. Simply stir. That’s all.

    Editor’s Tip: Add cocoa to make chocolate icing.

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    Homemade Yogurt

    Did you know you can make thick, luscious homemade yogurt in your slow cooker? (You know now.) Grab some milk, dry milk powder, and yogurt starter, and we'll tell you how it's done.

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    Everything Cracker Crisps

    Coated with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and dried minced garlic and onion, these better-than-boxed cracker crisps are addictively crunchy and delicious. Done in 30 minutes of hands-on time, they're also a cinch!

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    Easy Chicken Stock

    Make grocery store purchases count. Buy a rotisserie chicken, then use it to make this easy homemade chicken stock. 

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    Smoky Corn Tortilla Chips

    You’re about to wonder why you’ve never made your own chips. At five ingredients and five minutes of frying time per batch, you’ve found your new go-to salty snack.

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    Homemade Margarita Mix

    Combine fresh fruit, lime juice, and honey to make the freshest margarita mix you’ve ever tasted. Then just add tequila!

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