Thursday, March 5, 2009

Frugal Breakfasts

One fun thing we have discovered recently in the name of frugality relates to our breakfast time. One of the simplest and most inexpensive breakfast items you can make is oatmeal. We use freshly pressed oats but old fashioned oats from the grocery store are just fine too. Boil
3 cups water and add 1 cup oats and a dash of salt. Reduce heat and cover for about 8 minutes, til all the water is absorbed. We add maple syrup and canned low sugar fruit to ours but you could add just about anything including dried fruit,
brown sugar, and even chocolate syrup, YUM!

Now, what to do with those leftovers. In the past, I would have just pitched them, yucky,
sticky, leftover oatmeal.

WAIT, STOP, DON'T DO THAT!

Here are two recipes that your family will love,
and the ingredients are probably in your pantry already.

Oatmeal Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour (we use whole wheat but white is find, too)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 t salt
2 t baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup oil or butter
1 egg
1/2 cup leftover oatmeal

Combine and divide n muffin pan. Bake 350 for 35-40 minutes. Makes 1 dozen.

Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/4 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Sift dry ingredients. Add softened butter, applesauce and eggs. Beat til creamy. Stir in oatmeal. Drop on baking sheet. Bake 375 for 12-15 minutes. Makes 4 dozen.

Now the children are asking for oatmeal in the morning so that they can have leftovers for afternoon snack, How funny:)

Blessings for a wonderful and frugal day, Suzie

6 comments:

Lynn said...

I make a muffin recipe very much like that. I agree it is a great way to use up oatmeal.

mommustwrite said...

What great ideas! I just happen to have a TON of leftover oatmeal from this morning, so that's what caught my eye. I'll probably try a muffin recipe over the weekend, so I'll let you know!

Sherry said...

Sweet! THank you for the great ideas for leftover oatmeal. I have a recipe for yeast rolls that has leftover oatmeal in it, too. :D

Kristen said...

What great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I am making a copy so I can try them.

armyfamilyok said...

I'm so glad that you posted these. You know I think this is a fantastic idea!!

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