As part of my frugal mindset, when I am shopping, I look at an item and say, “Could I make that myself?” If the answer is “yes,” then I rarely buy it. This includes food. Buying food in a restaurant usually costs much more than it costs to make it at home. You can make a whole pan of delicious bran muffins to share, instead of paying $3 at the coffee shop for just one muffin! I have a couple breakfast/snack recipes that I have adapted over the years, and enjoy often: Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies and Bran Muffins. Smoothies are especially satisfying if you have grown and/or picked the fruit yourself!
Berry Smoothie– serves 2
1/2 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
1/2 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
(OR, substitute the equivalent of 1 cup of berries of your choice)
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple or orange juice
1 cup of vanilla yogurt (or plain yogurt with a dash of vanilla and honey)
In a blender, combine the berries and juice. Add the yogurt. Blend until smooth.
Bran Muffins– makes 12 muffins
1 cup bran
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup molasses
dash of vanilla
1 Tbl. oil
1/2 cup dates, raisins, or diced dried apricots
Prepare muffin tin, and set aside. In a med. bowl, combine dry ingredients and make a well in the center. Add egg, applesauce, milk, molasses, oil, and vanilla. Stir just until moistened; batter should be lumpy. Fold in dried fruit. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake in preheated 400* oven for 16-18 min. or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 min. Remove from muffin cups; serve warm.
Edited to Add: Keeper of the Home has broken down the cost per serving- check it out!
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