Snap! Crackle! Ka-Ching!
I don’t know about your house but cereal is darn expensive! My husband can go through one or two boxes a week… and that isn’t counting the weeks that I partake.
And those stupid things are expensive!!! For the good stuff it can be 5 bucks a week. Which means theoretically we could be spending 40-50 bucks a month just on cereal!
So in my Miserly Moms book I was pleased to find a homemade cereal recipe to try!
Now I am frustrated to report that even though I carefully photographed every step of the process the photos seem to have vanished! I cannot find them…
So here goes without them….
Here is the official recipe:
3/4 C brown sugar
1/3 C concentrated apple juice from frozen
1/2 C nonfat dry milk
1/3 C honey
5 C quick cooking oats
2 T cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C dried fruit (your choice)
Mix sugar, juice, dry milk and honey in saucepan and heat over medium heat only until sugar dissolves.
Combine dry ingredients and fruit in mixing bowl.
Pour sugar mixture slowly over dry mixture and blend well.
Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10-20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
You can also add peanuts, sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, peanut butter, or whatever you like.
It comes out to 1.50 a pound or so whereas the store bought is 3.29 and up.
Here’s how it worked for me.
I purchased dried bananas because Steve loves those. I was a little skeptical on saving money because just the bananas cost like 4 bucks. But that package could probably make 6 or 7 batches of this stuff so it does still save money.
I automatically added a bit more honey because we like sweeter cereal.
I also put the dried banana in a bag and crushed them up so they weren’t so huge.
It smelled AWESOME! I was SO excited for Steve to try it.
And when he did he declared it…. bland.
I couldn’t believe it, I explained that it had apple juice and cinnamon and sugar in it. He shrugged. So I tried it and …. eh.
I wouldn’t go so far to say bland… and it does develop more flavor the longer it sits in the milk. But it is a very simple thing.
However, I will make it again with changes.
I have four ways of change in mind:
1. Same as before but with MORE bananas, honey and apple juice.
2. I love dried pineapple… and they are the perfect size to be in cereal… so I want to try that. Steve says he isn’t sure he’d like it but he’ll try.
3. I am going to make it with peanut butter added in. Melt it with the apple sauce step I think. Steve loves anything with peanut butter so maybe that will be good.
4. Aldi’s has these great trail mix or mixed fruit bags for a dollar. There are some with yogurt covered rasins etc… I thnk I’m going to try to make a batch with those. Thinking the vanilla yoghurt may melt off but the flavor will transfer to the oats…. could be good.
So we’ll see…. but in the meantime I’m still eating the homemade cereal… Steve gave up on it. And I kinda like it, although I do think there is room for improvement.
On a side note, save an oats container, it is the perfect recepticle for homemade cereal storage!