>> Thursday, April 23, 2009
This post is part of Thrifty Green Thursday at the Green Baby Guide.
My family eats granola for breakfast a couple times a week. We also have muffins a couple times, oatmeal at least once, and cold cereal (the really bad for you kind) on the weekends.
By my calculations, cold cereal is actually the cheapest of all of our breakfast options. I know that's counter-intuitive. Cereal has a reputation for being super expensive, and everybody says making food from scratch is cheap. But I never buy cereal unless it's less than $2 a box, even if that means we only get the not as good store brand kind. Some people I know use coupons and never pay more than $0.50 a box.
So why do we eat granola instead of cold cereal if it means paying more? Let me count the ways...
- It's healthier. Granola contains 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving compared to 1 or 2 grams of each in a typical box of cereal. Not to mention that granola contains no partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, artificial flavors, or food dyes.
- I can obtain some of the ingredients locally, particularly honey.
- It's made with simple ingredients that I can keep in my food storage rotation.
APPROXIMATE COST: $0.40/serving
2/3 cup honey
1 Tbsp. molasses
1/3 cup oil
5 cups oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 tsp. cinnamon
- Mix honey, molasses, and oil in a saucepan. Heat until melted and mixed.
- Combine oats, wheat germ, and cinnamon on a large baking pan.
- Pour honey mixture over dry mixture and mix well.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Stir and cook for about 5 more minutes.
- Let cool before eating.