Condo Blues: Eat Healthy and Save Money: Make Granola Cereal

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eat Healthy and Save Money: Make Granola Cereal

I am not a big cereal eater. As a kid I was more interested in the toy buried in the box of Technicolor surgery cereal than actually eating the cereal.

Later, I discovered the dried fruit and nut cluster colon blow type cereals. Those I liked. Especially when I topped them off with milk and popped them in microwave for a minute or so – just like warm oatmeal. Nom.

Since husband and I are trying to watch the sugar intake, it’s downright disappointing and almost impossible to find a cereal that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it. When we do the price is more than I want to pay for food that makes me hungry a couple of hours after I eat it.

And then there is the packaging. The box is easily recyclable but the wax paper bag that holds the cereal is not.

We’ve pretty much given up eating cereal until I decided to try Katy of Non-Toxic Kids’s advice and make my own granola cereal. Making granola has been on my To Try List for awhile but it was the One Small Green Change Challenge that was the kick in the pants that I needed to actually do it.

I followed Kitchen Stewardship’s Homemade Granola Recipe. It wasn’t hard to make at all, and the kitchen smelled sooooooo good while it was baking in the oven.

I used raisins as the dried fruit.

Tip: To keep the dried fruit from drying out or burning while the granola is baking; add it to the mix after it comes out of the oven.

Husband declared it a win. In fact he said it reminded him of the granola cereals he grew up eating as a kid. Making granola is very forgiving. You can mix and match the ingredients with what you have on hand. It’s kind of like making meatloaf. There are a few basic ingredients that are always in the recipe but after that, everyone adds or subtracts their own variations.

It was a good way for me to get a baking fix without making cakes or cookies. I’m trying to lay off that for the time being. I’m trying to lose the cookie weight I gained during Christmas. Oops.

It’s one small green change we’ve made to eat healthier, save money, and reduce our household waste!

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