Archive for April, 2010
Ironically, right after I wrote a recent blog entry about cereal, I actually found decent store-bought cereal. I had a coupon for Kashi cereal and wanted to get a box that I had previously tried through a free sample in the mail. Even though there were a few ingredients I wasn’t very happy about on the box, I bought it anyway.
Just below the Kashi cereal, I noticed a brand called Mom’s Best. There were probably 4 or 5 different kinds of cereal. This brand is labeled as nutritious, with no preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup. I bought one box of cereal, lightly sweetened shredded wheat. The ingredients are wheat, sugar, gelatin, and vitamin E. For $2 this was a great deal. Unfortunately, many of their other cereals have corn syrup and other things I would prefer to not eat, but definitely they are a better option than most brands of cereal, as well as significantly cheaper.
Making dry cereal is still something I plan to continue, but it’s nice to know there is an alternative, in case I forget to make cereal.
Last week my husband requested that I buy cereal. We had just finished a box of Kashi cereal which I had gotten for free because of a coupon. One of my goals (that I started last year) is to stop buying cereal and make healthier breakfasts from scratch. I explained that most of the cereal is not only expensive, but also has terrible ingredients. The few decent cereals are super expensive and it would make it much harder for me to stay within my grocery budget if I were to start buying them.
I started looking through my More with Less cookbook and found a recipe for dry cereal. Basically, it’s 7 cups of dry ingredients (at least 2-3 cups rolled oats, then any mixture of the following suggestions: whole wheat flour, dry milk, corn meal, wheat germ, flax seed, etc.) Mix the dry ingredients up and then add 1 cup of liquid (any one or mixture of these: honey, molasses, butter, peanut butter, milk, etc.) Then spread on pans and bake at 300 degrees for 30-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t get too dark or burn. After it has cooled, you can add dried fruit, nuts, etc.
The options are certainly endless for this cereal recipe. I used 4 cups rolled oats, 1 cup dry milk, 1 cup ground flax seed, and 1 cup table bran (wheat).
Today I plan to make more cereal and I may increase my liquids a little bit, since I like chunky cereal. My husband did enjoy this cereal, so I am glad to have found something that is easy and cheap to make, and can still allow him to enjoy his cold cereal.