We do not buy much cereal in our family. I will not spend more than a dollar (after coupons and discounts) per box. Typically, sales that good only come around two times per year: back-to-school season and right after New Year’s.
Cereal-type foods are very easy to serve to kids on a busy morning, though, which is why granola is a nice alternative. We eat granola with milk or yogurt, depending on what is available in the house. Store-bought granola is expensive, and often contains allergens. I tend to avoid it.
Several years ago, I began making my own granola. I tried and experimented with many recipes. This is my favorite. It is quick, easy, and super-cheap to make.
- 3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 c. vegetable oil
- 1/3 c. mild-flavored jelly (apple or white grape work well)
- 5 c. oatmeal
- 1/2 c. dry milk
- 3/4 t. cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 c. dried fruit (raisins, Craisins, chopped apricots, etc.)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix sugar, oil, and jelly in saucepan. Heat until dissolved, stirring frequently.
- Combine dry ingredients (except fruit) in a large bowl. Pour sugar mixture over top and mix well.
- Transfer to a cookie sheet that has been sprayed well with cooking spray or lined with a silicone baking mat.
- Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and add fruit.
- Stir a few times on the cookie sheet while cooling, otherwise it will harden in one large sheet.
- Eat warm or cool. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
What do you make from scratch for breakfast? Email me or comment below!