Breakfast is the most difficult meal to pre-plan because most people don’t really have the time to cook anything before starting their day. There are several ways to overcome that issue, such as making a full on plan for breakfast, or you could just have cereal or you can skip it all together like most people do. I think a better option is to have a few easy to assemble options available at all times. Most of the time in our house the options are crock pot oatmeal that we reheat a serving at a time, breakfast burritos, protein shakes or yogurt with fruit and homemade granola. It doesn’t add too much to the cost of our grocery budget to have these items available but it is defiantly worth it.
The granola is actually the newest option; the recipe arrived with my sister last month. I think it is better than the stuff you get at the store and it is healthier because it requires much less oil than the packaged stuff. You can customize this recipe to include dried fruits and nuts that you like or to use up the little bits of leftovers you have in your pantry from other recipes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat honey and oil in a large sauce pan over low heat. Once they combine add vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir to incorporate. Mix in oatmeal, nuts and fruit and stir making sure to coat all of the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Spread mixture evenly on a greased (sprayed) jelly roll pan. Bake for 25 min total, flipping half way through. The granola should not change color, if it darkens then it is most likely burnt. Let cool on the pan for 30 min, place finished granola in an air tight container. Granola is good for at least 3 weeks when kept in a cool dry place.