Lucky for you guys, while I’m off galavanting in the tropics, Talia stays on her grind. Today she gives us her recipe base for her homemade Muesli. She explains :
“It started out because I was trying to be good and eat a healthy breakfast so I didn’t snack all day. I don’t know how healthy it is in the end, lol, but it does fill me up till lunch. It also gives me my sweet fix so I’m not craving chocolate all day, so in that sense it works.”
Muesli’s something you can tailor to what you like. The base is:
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup olive oil (you can use canola etc but olive oil makes it crunchier)
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar (cos I like it sweet. If you like it more savory, leave out the brown sugar)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg or cardamom
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
plus your choice of:
2-2 1/2 cups nuts and seeds (if they’re already roasted you add at the end) 1 cup dried fruits
1 cup raw mixed nuts, chopped roughly, 1 1/2 cups energy booster mix OR heart smart mix (chopped roughly) chopped dried apricots, chopped dried cranberries, sultanas
1 cup coconut (I use) / 1 cup bran flakes (for a healthy option lol)
I get the raw mixed nuts, energy booster, heart smart mixes from the Alison’s Pantry pick n mix aisle at Pack n Save or New World – not sure if Countdown stocks them.
Raw mixed nuts = almond, brazil, cashew, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans
Energy booster mix = roast peanuts, raisins, sultanas, sunflower seed, diced apricot, fruit medley, papaya, pineapple, chocolate raisins, roasted cashews and pecans plus raw pumpkin seed
Heart Smart mix = roast pistachios, almonds, brazil nuts, dried cranberries, sultanas, strawberries and dark chocolate chunks
Mix together the base ingredients and any raw nuts & bran. I like toasting it with some raw nuts as I like the flavour it gives the oats versus just adding at the end.
Spread evenly across a baking tray. Bake approx 40 mins at 180C – stirring the mixture every 10mins so it toasts evenly – or until golden brown. Keep a close eye on it cos it quickly turns from toasted to burnt.
Once cooked, remove from oven and stir the roasted nut mixes, dried fruit and coconut through the muesli while still warm. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
The muesli above is using the heart smart mix, which I like to eat sprinkled on top of lo-fat strawberry yoghurt. The muesli below is using the energy booster muesli served with milk, sliced peaches and bananas.