Five $1 Breakfasts

Five Breakfast meals that feed my family of 7 for $1 If the budget is tight and you need to make ends meet stretch or you simply like to save a buck, well I have some tasty recipes for you! Here are 5 Frugal Breakfasts that I serve to my family of 7 that cost me a total of $1. Not $1 per person but $1 for the whole meal.

5 VERY Frugal Breakfast Ideas

#1 Milkless Pancakes from Scratch

2 c. flour 4 tsp baking powder 3 large eggs 2 Tbsp. olive oil canola oil 2 Tbsp. sugar (or honey) 1/2 tsp. salt 2 c. water 1 tsp. vanilla extract

 This is a milk free version of pancakes from scratch. Easy and good yield of about 20 pancakes of about 4″ diameter – perfect for our hungry family of four.

Put dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix. I use this recipe for pancakes and for waffles and i serve it with fresh fruit, usually bananas because they are very inexpensive. #2 Corn Mush

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (optional)

cook and stir constantly for about 10 minutes until the cornmeal has absorbed all of the water. Serve with honey, butter on top and a splash of milk. This serves about 8 folks and we normally have a little bit of  fruit with it.

To us it taste a lot like the corn meal version of Cream of Wheat. We serve it with butter, milk  and I sweeten it for the kids with a bit of honey. Cornmeal is very inexpensive and the only trick to this meal is to make sure you are constantly stirring it. #3 Fried Corn Mush Sticks This meal is even cheaper then corn mush because it is made with the leftover corn mush. Thus you are “using it up”.

Rinse a 9″x13″ pan with water and pour the cornmeal mush into it. Rinsing pan and leaving the few water droplets inside help keep the mush from sticking to the pan. Smooth mush with the back of a spatula. Refrigerate overnight.

Next morning cut into ¼” slices and fry in skillet where you have already melted several Tablespoons of margarine. Fry until beautiful golden and crispy. If most of margarine has been absorbed add more before flipping and frying other side. We dip it into a bit of honey or maple syrup.

This recipe is from Joyful Chaos

#4 Banana Raisin Muffins This is one thing to do with overripe bananas…make muffins! I found this recipe not because someone is lactose intolerant but because we are constantly running out of milk! So here are milkless muffins 😀

  • eggs (beaten)
  • bananas (very ripe, mashed)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of raisins (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Serve with fruit. This serves about 6 folks. #5 Hot Rice Cereal

  • 3 cups leftover cooked rice
  • 1 1/2  cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon margarine
  • 1/4-1/2 cup raisins (OPTIONAL but tasty)
  • dash salt
  • dash cinnamon

Put the rice, milk, margarine, raisins and salt. I always use the raisins because even with a 1/4 cup of raisins this meal costs me less then $1! Keep stirring this while it’s cooking it will burn.  We serve it with a dollop of butter and some milk like oatmeal. We usually have  bananas available for children to have with it.

This serves 7+

One of the assumptions that I make for this 5 day  breakfast meal plan is that certain items are staples in most frugal homes and diet such as flour, rice, corn meal, and spices. If  for example you have to purchase the flour for the pancakes your price will double but we are still only looking at about $2.50 plus you’ll have 14 cups of flour left! So now you can feed your family  breakfast for 5 days for $5!

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

17 thoughts on “Five $1 Breakfasts

  1. Wow, this is amazing! Feeding a family that large for that amount did not know that was possible anymore! Great post thanks for sharing!

  2. These are great ideas! We are a family of 7, that has reduced to 5 with 2 grown kids out of the home. However, we have 3 growing boys and man o man can they eat! I cannot wait to try out your milkless pancake recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I am in awe of this post 🙂 Love these frugal breakfast ideas, and this would be a great way for us to save some money! I would love for you to share this post on my brand new link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! There’s a great giveaway too! 🙂
    Cathy

  4. I love the idea of healthy breakfast foods that are way more inexpensive than cold cereal. My only problem with implementing it is the time commitment for cooking. I’ve sometimes cooked and frozen different breakfast meals or breads.

    1. Yes, I do that too. I also alternate cheap high prep with quick (more expensive) stuff like Generic premade waffles. This menu is really meant to get you through a tough financial spot but you could use it for a frugal daily menu too! Thanks for stopping by Susan!!!

  5. Oatmeal is my super cheap standby breakfast here.

    Does the corn mush taste kind of like grits? My younger son frequently makes grits for breakfast for himself.

    1. Yes, it takes like a combination of grits and cream of wheat (corn style). We really like it, I even like it. Although, I don’t normally eat it because it automatically adds like #1 per bite. 😀

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