We eat hot cereals 5 or 6 mornings a week. We made this decision as both a healthy and frugal way to feed our growing family. Now we buy cold boxed cereals only on special occasions. We figure that to feed our family of six with the cold cereals we enjoy costs around $8, while a meal of oatmeal or farina porridge (Cream of Wheat) costs about $3 (including the milk for breakfast.) We buy oatmeal, farina and 9 grain rolled cereals in 50 pound bags, while we buy bulgur, polenta and 5 grain cracked cereals in bulk at the local grocery store.
Besides being good for our checkbook, the hot cereals are lower in sugar and higher in fiber, and they encourage us to eat more fruit, because we nearly always put some fresh or dried fruit with them as sweetener. Oatmeal is eaten with applesauce, raisins and brown sugar. Farina is usually plain with milk, but I am waiting to try some with raspberry jam. Polenta is good with honey or a little homemade maple syrup, and bulgur is WONDERFUL with butter and honey. Recently, though, we discovered baked oatmeal, and this has become a breakfast treat that we serve often when we have just a little more time in the mornings.
Max helped me make blackberry baked oatmeal today, following this recipe. Shirts are not required for baking, but an apron is!
Shirts are required for breakfast.
Our other go-to recipe came first from the Tasty Kitchen website, but has received some tweaks since then. Here it is:
Peanut Butter or Nutella Baked Oatmeal
3 cups oatmeal or 9 grain rolled cereal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup peanut butter or Nutella
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Spread evenly in the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
We serve this with milk, and have added chocolate chips to the peanut butter oatmeal for an especially rich breakfast.
Hope you enjoy your day! We have had an excellent day — finally some sunshine! I got out for my 12 mile run at 2:00 this afternoon. The sun was shining and it was hot at 36 degrees. Hard time for a run, but a great way to enjoy the day.