Apple Cinnamon Granola, and Coffee Woes. DAY 3 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge

It’s DAY 3 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge… and we’re eating lots of leftovers!

I’m happy to report that breakfast this morning went over much better than yesterday’s cooking-from-food-storage experiment! When the kids saw that it was granola for breakfast my youngest daughter skipped through the house shouting, “Ya-hoo! Ya-hoo!”

Homemade granola is something that we actually make pretty regularly so it’s familiar and I know the kids love it. It didn’t feel like we’re eating from food storage.

I did mix it up a bit today by making a flavor we haven’t tried yet: Apple Cinnamon Granola. I used up the last cup and a half of dried apples from yesterday’s picnic to flavor the batch. We pretty much finished off an entire #10 can of dried apples in one day (between the six of us).

The granola came out delicious. It tasted like apple pie in a bowl of milk. Here’s the recipe if you wanna give it a try! It only uses shelf stable ingredients so everything can be stored away long term for emergencies.

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Granola


  • 3 cups rolled oats (I used quick oats but regular would work)
  • 1 c. shredded unsweetened coconut (We love Bob’s Red Mill coconut)
  • 1 c. honey
  • 2/3 c. coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 cups dried apples, chopped coarsely


Preheat the oven to 300*. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats and coconut. In a separate container whisk together warmed coconut oil (so that it’s a liquid), honey, and cinnamon. Pour the liquid over the oat mixture and stir to blend well. Spread evenly on a greased cookie sheet or baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Stir, then continue baking for 10 more minutes or until lightly browned. Just before serving, mix in the dried apples. Makes about 8 servings.

We have enough granola leftover to have some for breakfast tomorrow as well, although I don’t think there will be enough for everyone to have a full bowl to eat like cereal. I’ll probably sprinkle it over yogurt to make a parfait so that it stretches further.



So, let’s talk about coffee for a minute.

I love coffee.

I keep saying I’m going to give it up but I keep going back to it.

I love the warmth of it sliding down my throat first thing in the morning.

I love the sweet creaminess on my tongue.

Coffee makes me happy.

These past three days have been a little bit of an adjustment period for me and my beloved coffee. Instead of drinking my favorite blend, I’ve been trying to use up the instant coffee packets that we had in our emergency car kit. They expire in 2 months and need to be rotated out.

Instant coffee is not my favorite. Not even close.

To be honest, instant milk isn’t my favorite thing to put in coffee either.

I need thick and luscious. I need real cream!

It’s gonna take some getting used to this instant coffee and powdered milk combo. It might be even help me kick the habit for good.

Which got me thinking… I’m gonna have to experiment with shelf stable creamers to add to our food storage. Obviously I’d prefer organic cream, but I think I’ll order some shelf stable half and half creamer to see if I like it in my coffee. If so I’ll probably keep a stash on hand, assuming the shelf life is at least 12 months. I also think it would be best to buy the small cups of creamer instead of a carton so that I don’t have to worry about refrigeration.

One day maybe we’ll own a milk cow.

My take-away from today was this. Instant coffee isn’t good. And I want cream.


Here’s the breakdown of Day 3’s challenge meals:

Granola, instant milk
Coffee, instant milk, sugar

Leftover venison roast, rice, and mac n’ cheese


Tacos. We had several boxes of hard taco shells in the pantry so I opened a can of TVP Taco Mix and we tried it for the first time. The taco mix was surprisingly good, with two-thumbs ups from the kids!  For toppings my little girl found one lone red tomato in the garden which we chopped up and divided between us, along with lettuce, a little cheese, and sour cream. Very yummy and very filling.


How have you done on DAY 3 of the challenge? Are there any luxury items you’re wishing you had, or can you think of anything you know you’d miss if you couldn’t get it?

Leave your comments below and be sure to link back if you’re blogging the challenge with me! 


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