Monday, 18 February 2013

Homemade Toasted Muesli

Honestly, since I have learned to make my own toasted muesli and discovered how tasty it is and how easy it is to make, I will never buy packaged cereal again.


This is a really healthy (and OMS friendly) way to start the day.

Ingredients
4 cups wholegrain rolled oats (I use Lowmans)
1 cup of mixed nuts and seeds*
1 cup dried fruit*
120 ml (6 tbsp) maple syrup, runny honey or agave nectar
40 ml (2 tbsp) extra-virgin olive oil




Method

Place the rolled oats, maple syrup and olive oil into a bowl and toss to combine.

Spread the mixture onto 2 baking trays lined with parchment paper.

Bake in the oven at 180C/350F  or  160C/320F fan forced for 5-7 minutes.

Roughly chop the nuts and add them to the oats, giving them a good stir to ensure they brown evenly.  Cook for another 5-10 minutes.  All ovens vary, so just keep an eye on it.  Burnt oats and nuts taste terrible.  Remove the trays from the oven and allow the mixture to cool.



Add the dried fruit to the oat and nut mixture, and thoroughly mix.




I store my toasted muesli in an air-tight plastic cereal container.  It will last a few weeks, but I usually eat it all before then.



Notes & Variations:
This is a really flexible recipe.  You can easily adapt it to suit your own taste.
Apart from oats, you can also add rolled rice, or unprocessed wheat bran.
Nuts & Seeds
Use any mix of the following:

  • cashews
  • almonds
  • hazelnuts
  • walnuts
  • brazil nuts
  • macadamias
  • pecan nuts
  • pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • poppy seeds
  • sesame seeds
Dried Fruit
Use any mix of the following:
  • raisins
  • sultanas (buy the natural ones without added oil)
  • currants
  • craisins (dried cranberries)
  • chopped dried apricots
  • chopped dried apple or mango
  • chopped dried fig
  • goji berries
Extras
You can sprinkle over chia seeds or ground flax seeds at the time of serving.  Add a dollop of yoghurt (I make my own soy yoghurt), or add fresh fruit.
If you want some extra spice, you can add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the oats when you toast them.

I find a ratio of 4 parts oats, 1 part nuts and seeds, and 1 part dried fruit works for me.  You may wish to make it heavier or lighter.

I also find that 120ml of maple syrup is sweet enough for me, but you may choose to use more or less.  If you use agave nectar, reduce the amount slightly.  If you use honey, a runny honey is best.

Interesting Facts

I would call this Granola, but the name 'Granola' is trademarked in Australia and New Zealand by Sanitarium.  Granola is just rolled oats, nuts and honey that have been baked as a breakfast cereal, but only Sanitarium can all it that, so let's call this toasted muesli.

A friend of mine who has spent a number of holidays in Switzerland told me that the cereal aisle of the supermarkets there are completely different to ours.  There are virtually no pre-packaged cereals in boxes.  Instead the aisle is filled with all the ingredients people need to make their own muesli.  Interesting huh?

If you've never made your own muesli before, I urge you to give it a try.  It's also a great way to use up all the left over dried fruit that I used to make my OMS Christmas Pudding.


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5 comments:

  1. it sounds beautiful with olive oil and maple syrup. i'm still off grains so i will have to admire from a distance.
    x

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  2. I've been making my own muesli too and I'll never go back to the packaged stuff. Home made muesli tastes delicious and I feel better just for eating it. I also add chia seeds and LSA to mine. xT

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  3. Excellent! Im trying to get the munchkins off the processed stuff so this is great! Think they will love, me too xx

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  4. I love toasted muesli and have tried a couple of times to make but always burn the oats. I should try again. I have tried versions with hazel nuts and dried fig and its really yummy x

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  5. Love making my own muesli, but looking into the science of soaking grains at the moment!

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