Michelle and I were making fun of a commercial the other day where a couple of busy parents whipped up what looked like an entire box of instant oatmeal packets for their family breakfast. Way to encourage people to waste their hard earned money, Quaker Oats! I'm pretty sure if you compared the cost of one pot of homemade oatmeal to an entire box of name brand instant oatmeal packets the difference would be staggering. Making that mistake every day could cost a family of 5 a fortune in no time flat!
Coincidentally, I stumbled upon a DIY instant oatmeal recipe on Re-Nest.com! This quick how-to shows you how to whip up instant oatmeal for a fraction of the cost of the packets. I am looking forward to making myself a big jar of this stuff to enjoy over the Winter. If you can resist the temptation to stash it in a million plastic baggies and keep it in a jar instead, you'll save even more $$.
Re-Nest's suggested recipe:
"Try mixing 1/4 cup rolled oats, 2 tablespoons powdered oats (crushed to
a powder in a food processor or blender), a teaspoon of milk powder,
1/8 teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of sugar. Add a little brown sugar
and cinnamon for flavor as well. Mix with 3/4 cup boiling water to make
OK, I lied. I couldn’t keep away from this blog for a whole week! I didn’t even make it a whole day! I have another post to make after this one. I need to show off my sweet little buddy, Gia! After that though… ZIP. Nada. Zilch. No more talky talky. (We’ll see) ANYWAY
My favorite breakfast lately has been strawberry yogurt topped with granola. Delicious! The only problem is that packaged granola is very expensive. To make matters worse, there is a certain man in the household who can plow through a box of granola in record time, making this very expensive grocery item disappear fast! Lucky for my pocketbook that I can be a very industrious woman when it comes to saving some dime. I found some simple granola recipes and after a few batches I perfected this all-around delicious blend of oats, honey and sesame. Dried fruit would be a great addition to this recipe. Just toss in 1/4 cup of your favorite dried fruit along with the oats and seeds. It is so easy to prepare that I cannot imagine ever going back to buying pre-made. The only problem now is that Mr. S. Bobleo seems to think he has his own personal granola factory. He likes this granola more than the store bought!
Honey Says Me Granola
4 cups Rolled Oats or Plain Oatmeal
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 cup Olive Oil
1/8 cup Vegetable Oil
1 tablespoon Sesame Oil (the stinky Chinese kind)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/8 cup Honey
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients. In a second, smaller bowl, stir together wet ingredients. Mix them well, then pour the mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix the granola very well so that all the oats are coated. Spread the mixture evenly over a baking sheet. Bake for ten minutes. Remove from oven and flip the granola over using a spatula. Bake for another ten minutes or until golden brown. Let the granola cool completely before bagging it up. It will get crunchier, the cooler it becomes.
PS – Our friend, Mr. Sharp was making fun of me (while stuffing his mouth with delicious homemade granola) that I’ve gone past hippie status. “Even hippies buy granola”, he said. Apparently I’ve gone past granola by making granola? Does that make me like… Wheatgerm?