Hangry, Hangry Homesteaders is not a fun game!
Do you want to see the definition of ‘hangry’? It’s easy, just feed a group of people cold cereal for breakfast, send them to do chores or schoolwork, and wait about two hours. Odds are there’ll be arguing, stomping, mom-glares (to and from), and inevitable munchies. (I hope that doesn’t just happen in my house.)
I’ve witnessed the carnage following such events! It was enough to make me work for household peace through better breakfasts. In all seriousness, our family would eat a box and a half of cereal in one morning. An off-brand family-sized box of cereal bought on sale and with coupons is still over $2.00. Doing the math, that means cold cereal would cost at least $21.00 a week. If I add in $9.00 a week for milk, we would be paying about $120.00 for breakfast each month. $120.00 a month for a cold breakfast that leaves us hungry and grumpy in two hours. No thank you!
So, I began making baked oatmeal bars. The sun shone. The angels sang. The birds chirped, and no one was ravenous by 10:00. These bars bake up quickly and easily. They’re good cold, but better warmed. They can be made in bulk, frozen, and zapped on demand. Each week, we make four 9 x 13 pans. I can actually put four pans in the oven and bake them all at once. We don’t make them all pumpkin. Usually, we make two pans of pumpkin and rotate the flavor of other batches seasonally. I realize that is a huge amount, but there are several of us (and three teenage appetites).
Four batches also give us enough to have them for occasional after-school or work snacks. I haven’t done an exact breakdown, but I do know it costs less than $15.00 a week to make the bars. So, for less than $60.00 and 4o minutes of hands-on time per month, we get tasty filling homemade breakfasts and snacks that are ready on demand! These bars are a win for our family!