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.
Christy’s No Bake Granola Bars
- 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
- Line half sizzle baking sheet (13"x18”) OR 2 9"x13” pans with aluminum foil (overhanging edges for lifting bars out later)
- If desired, spread 1 cup chocolate chips in lined pan(s).
- Place dry mix in large mixing bowl.
- Combine brown sugar and honey in sauce pan and boil 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir until melted.
- Add “glue” to dry mix and stir until combined.
- Press mixture into foil lined pan(s). Let cool before cutting.
- 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.
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?