Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Living Cheap(er)

It seems like everyone is talking about saving money, foregoing the "American Dream," and other topics in relation to "the economy." (a very cliched term, in my opinion) So, I have decided to give my two cent's worth. Of course, with inflation that may be closer to my $3.47 worth.
We all have heard slurs on people who seem -ahem- obsessed with their own health, and their lasting love for granola. (you know, the fruits, nuts & flakes) Seeing little tiny boxes of the stuff sold for obscene prices is enough to drive anyone back to mac & cheese.* But, the truth is, making it yourself doesn't require fancy equipment, a degree in nutritional analysis, or a large amount of brain juice. (lucky for me) Here is my favorite recipe: (it makes a lot of granola; make sure you have proper storage)
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar

  • 2/3 c vegetable oil

  • 2/3 c honey

Combine these in a sauce pan, and heat til boiling. While it's heating up, first preheat your oven to 375, then get a big bowl and stir together:

  • 5 c oatmeal

  • 1 c dry milk

  • 3/4 c whole wheat flour

  • 1 1/2 t cinnamon

  • 1 c unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1 c raw cashews

  • 1 c raw sunflower seeds
Ok, now pour the sticky stuff over the dry ingredients. Mix very thoroughly, and spread some (it won't all fit) onto a cookie sheet & bake for 10-15 min.
See, it's easy! More of my cheap(er) ways next time.

* I personally love macaroni & cheese, just not that fake orange store-bought stuff.


His Handmaidens said...

I'll have to try it sometime here soon!

MennoGirl said...

Scratch the oatmeal measurement, it's actually 10c