A while back I wrote about how difficult it is to purchase and prepare food that is cheap and healthy. It takes creativity, shopping around and usually some extra work. I think it’s worth it though. Keeping my food budget low helps me reach financial goals and eating well helps keep my family healthy. I don’t want to compromise either of those things so I do a fair amount of trial and error to find things that work for us. Today I’m sharing a win with you!
I am a big granola fan. It is my favorite over yogurt but I also like it with milk and use it for Granola Wheat Bread. However, granola is pretty expensive. Thankfully, I learned that making it isn’t difficult at all and is much less expensive. Musings of a Housewife is a blog I regularly follow. She pointed me in the direction of the granola recipe I use, which is from Kitchen Stewardship.
The recipe is a winner because it is very versatile. There are a few basic ingredients and then you can add in whatever you like. In the same post is the recipe for granola bars, which I also make, and they are wonderful too. The ingredients for the granola are: oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, coconut, honey, water, vanilla, oil/butter. I usually only use 3 of the 4 dry ingredients and even swap them out for other things.
I just made a batch of granola today with things I had in my cupboard. I happened to have coconut and almonds to add this time – so that’s what it is. I always add cinnamon and vanilla too. Other times I’ve added sunflower seeds and peanuts. If you are a granola fan then this recipe is worth trying.
I’ve made the bars in several flavors too. So far, my favorite is to make them with dried cranberries. It makes a whole 13×9 pan of them. If you cut them small like the Quaker ones then it makes about 2 dozen bars! This is so much better than the store-bought in taste, price and nutrition.
Both of these recipes are win-win when it comes to food that’s cheap and healthy.
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