For those who are baby-stepping your way towards learning to make
more foods from scratch, rather than packages, here are some great
ideas for making that process easier in this guest post!
Guest Post by Allyson
As a stay-at-home mama to our highly active 2 year-old daughter, Emahry, and our “coming into his own” and very mobile 9 month-old son, Jonathan, I know how tempting it can be to reach for the convenience foods while grocery shopping. However, I’ve found that with a little planning I can make many convenience foods from scratch at home. We’ve found this to be a great way to streamline our time in the kitchen.
One of our favorite quick fix breakfast recipes is this Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancake Mix. The flavor of these pancakes is delicious, but I think my favorite part is that one large batch of the mix lasts our family about a month. Once the mix is complete it takes very little time to make pancakes for breakfast from scratch.
A jar of this pancake mix also makes a great housewarming, new baby, or holiday gift.
Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancake Mix
4 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup packed brown sugar (or other dry sweetener)
1 cup instant dry nonfat milk
3 Tablespoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
5 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Mix these ingredients together in a large bowl. I use my hands to make sure the brown sugar is mixed in well. Store the mix at room temperature in an airtight container or gallon-sized freezer bag.
Yield: 10 cups of pancake mix.
Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes
1/3 cup applesauce
2 cups of Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancake Mix (recipe above)
1 cup water
Optional: one mashed banana or fruit of your choice
Beat eggs in a large bowl. Gradually beat in applesauce. Alternately add mix and water to mixture. Blend well. Preheat and oil griddle. Pour 1/3 cup batter per pancake. Cook until bubbles form around edges, flip and cook until done.
Yield: about 10 pancakes
(Stephanie’s note: If you would prefer, I believe that you could probably leave out the powdered milk in making the mix, and instead substitute 1 cup of milk for the cup of water when mixing it up in the morning. Another option might be to use 1 cup of buttermilk, kefir or watered down yogurt instead, but add it the night before in order to soak the flour. I haven’t tried this myself, but I don’t think it would be difficult to play around and find a way to make it work!)
Here are a few other ideas for streamlining your time in the kitchen.
- Freeze cooked portions of meat for adding to tacos, pizza, pasta sauce, and soups.
- Chop and freeze raw onions and peppers for tacos and fajitas.
- Freeze cooked portions of brown rice for tacos, stir-fry, and soups.
- Cook and freeze beans for tacos, beans and rice, brownies and more.
- Freeze fresh fruit like strawberries and banana slices for baking and smoothies.
- Make your own cake mixes.
How do you save time in the kitchen while still cooking from scratch?
Allyson is the happy wife of Tim and stay-at-home mama to Emahry (2 years) and Jonathan (9 months). She and her husband strive to bring glory to God as they live, love, and learn together. Allyson regularly blogs about family, faith, frugality, and her journey as a wife and mom at A Heart for Home.