Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 20

Day 20 of my 30 day blog series journaling my experiment with a Capsule Kitchen. The plan? Use 33 ingredients to create all our meals for three months. If you just joined me you can either start at Day 1 or view all Capsule Kitchen posts.

My family members get up at different times and have different breakfast habits. Mike and Miranda eat shortly after awaking. Harrison and I tend to wait a little while.

I seldom make breakfast for all of us to eat together. Instead, I make sure there are hard-boiled eggs in the fridge and homemade granola in the pantry.

“Old” Granola Recipe

Before we began traveling, I made granola bars using my sister-in-law’s recipe. When we moved into our first RV, I had no oven. So, I used the no bake granola bar recipe to make our breakfast cereal.

No Bake Granola

Christy’s No Bake Granola Bars

Ingredients:
  • Glue
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 cup honey
    • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Granola Mix
    • 3 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    • 1 cup nuts
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
    • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
    • 2 1/2 cup corn flakes or crisped rice
    • 1/3 cup wheat germ or flax seeds
    • 1 cup dried fruit
Directions:
  1. Line half sizzle baking sheet (13"x18”) OR 2 9"x13” pans with aluminum foil (overhanging edges for lifting bars out later)
  2. If desired, spread 1 cup chocolate chips in lined pan(s).
  3. Place dry mix in large mixing bowl.
  4. Combine brown sugar and honey in sauce pan and boil 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir until melted.
  6. Add “glue” to dry mix and stir until combined.
  7. Press mixture into foil lined pan(s). Let cool before cutting.
  8. Use foil to lift out of pan and cut to desired size.

This recipe is very forgiving. You can basically combine 9 cups of any “stuff” you would like and put it together with the “glue.”

The flexible nature of this recipe works well for the Capsule Kitchen experiment. I’m not buying Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes now, so I just use extra oats. I seldom have unsweetened coconut. Instead I just add both dried cranberries and golden raisins.

If you try this recipe breakfast cereal as we do, be prepared to “chip off” a chunk for your bowl. ;)

“New” Granola Recipes

The one thing I don’t like about the no-bake recipe is the addition of brown sugar. Over the past two weeks I’ve made two other recipes for my family to try.

The first is 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola. I like the simplicity of the recipe and since I have an oven in this RV I can bake it.

Unfortunately, the recipe was a bit bland. I added some dried cranberries to the mix in hopes of perking it up. The family finished off the container, but requested I try something else.

The next recipe I tried was inspired by Tristin’s comment. I found a recipe that would use some of my non-list remaining quinoa. Crunchy Quinoa Granola.

This batch of granola was crispy, but not much flavor. Plus, the little quinoa pieces got stuck between my teeth. There is still a bit of this batch remaining in the container, and I see that my family is opting for other foods for breakfast (leftover soup, anyone?).

I think I’ll return to the No-Bake Granola recipe. Hopefully Miranda won’t mind that I’m using brown sugar from her baking supplies.

Do You Wake Up Hungry?

Or do you need a while before you can eat in the morning?


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4 Comments Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 20

  1. Picture of kris kris June 24, 2015

    DH plays with this recipe for our granola.  The nuts get switched up depending what’s on sale, same with dried fruits.  We often skip the dried coconut (I dislike it).  http://paleomg.com/paleo-granola/

  2. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink June 25, 2015

    Hi Kris,

    Your granola recipe looks good.

    I too alter nuts and dried fruits. I seldom buy dried coconut - it’s difficult to find unsweetened and it doesn’t add much substance to the granola.

  3. Picture of Lonna Lonna July 01, 2015

    My older daughter has allergies to most tree nuts and this makes our granola terribly boring. I’m a coffee drinker most mornings (see bulletproof-style) my husband eats hard boiled eggs and leftover protein from dinner, and my younger daughter has cereal or makes a breakfast sandwich many mornings. Older child rarely rises in time for breakfast in the summer, and often skips it school mornings which can be a problem as she is very thin. Working on smoothie recipes that accommodate her lactose intolerance and her nut allergies.

  4. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink July 02, 2015

    Lonna,

    Our fruit smoothies do not include milk or almond milk. We’ve added oats to our green fruit smoothies for a boost. I’ve tried chia seeds in the past, too, but those seem to be a texture issue for my daughter.

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