Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Toasted Muesli

Traditional Muesli

This muesli is so simple and quick to make.  Much healthier than the commercial muesli that are full of refined fats, sodium and sugar.  The great thing about making your own muesli is that there is many variations on the theme so you can add what ever you like, and label it your own 'Clare's fantastically healthy muesli'.  Muesli is especially beneficial if made from organic ingredients.

Ingredient guide

4 cups of raw oats
1 cup of chopped/slivered/flaked almonds or what ever nut you fancy pecan is nice.
1 cup of sesame seeds
1 cup of sunflower seeds
1 cup of pepitas (posh word for pumpkin seeds) I personally don't like these so I leave them out.
1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of spelt or rice flour
1/2 cup of pear or apple concentrate or maple syrup or I like 1/2 cup of manuka honey
1/2 cup of canola or sunflower oil

1 cup of dried fruit tossed in after the muesli has been toasted.

Method

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large deep baking tray, combine the honey/juice or maple with the oil.  Heat the honey first to liquify first then add to the oil. 
Mix oil/sweet mix with dry mix and rub together making sure it is well combined and coated.  Spread the ingredients out into the baking tray and toast in the oven at 180 degrees gas mark 4 until golden brown and crisp this takes around 20 minutes, stir at 10 minutes.  Allow to cool and then store in air tight container.
Note don't go over toasting the muesli because it ends up with an over toasted taste but this does depend on what you prefer.

For a raw muesli simply omit the oil and sweetener eg. honey/juice/maple and don't cook. So add the fruit in straight away.

Variations on the theme

Use different fruits, papaya, pinapple for a tropical feel of the Caribbean, sultanas, raisins for a traditional muesli, Cranberries, strawberries, raspberries for a America muesli.

Use quinoa flakes for a totally gluten free muesli some people are intolerent of oats.

Add a cup of LSA after baking.

Add 1 cup of bran when mixing the dry ingredients before cooking great for extra fibre in the diet.

Can use to top a crumble, use the raw muesli and sprinkle on top of the stewed fruit and bake.

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