December 29, 2016

Make your own muesli for a great start to the day.

It may seem corny but I like to make a couple of things as they have a therapeutic effect without too much effort.  Bread, stock and muesli are my triumvirate of mental health creations in the kitchen.

Muesli is a great way to avoid spending money on packaging and you can vary the recipe according to seasonal specials in the markets.

At certain times of the year, oatmeal is plentiful and cheap.  You can buy it in bulk from health food stores but often it is cheaper at places like BiLo.  Just buy the rolled oats, not the processed variety.

Here’s my recipe:

Pour some olive oil on the base of a roasting pan and add a little coconut oil for flavouring.  If you are worried about weight, lessen the amount.  But all you are trying to do is giving the oats a bit of toasty yumminess.

Add the following ingredients – and note that you can vary this according to what you have left in the pantry:

  • 1 kg rolled oats
  • The grated or shredded flesh of a fresh coconut
  • 1 cup of wheat germ
  • ½ cup Sesame seeds
  • 1-2 cups of chopped, sliced or slivered almonds
  • ½ cup salted Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

Drizzle with some organic honey (not too much as it will be too sweet) and some organic Blue Agave Syrup if you have some.

Toast in the oven at a medium to low temperature – I often just use the end of a time I have been cooking something else.  Check every 10 mins and turn the mix to avoid burning.  Cool it in the oven until almost cold and then add the following fruits:

  • ½ cup sultanas
  • 1 cup of blueberries (substitute craisins and pistachios at Christmas time for that green and red colour scheme! mmmm!).  Toss well to mix and store in an airtight container.

Note that you can vary all ingredients to what you like and what you have on hand.

Too many nuts can irritate some people in the morning so vary this if required.

The fruit can be changed to chopped apricots with almonds, apples with walnuts and so on. A nice big bowl eaten at 8 am will keep you full till 2 pm.

You can use this as a basis for cookies (add to a wettish biscuit dough).

What are you favourite museli ingredients?Send us in some pictures of your latest batch and keep me updated so I can make some new batches!

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Comments

  1. I love home made muesli!
    A friend recently let me taste some of his family special mix and they add macadamias and popcorn before baking in the oven.

    Also their special tip is use to maple syrup not honey.

  2. Agave syrup is my new favourite sweetener! Yumbo! Hard to get in Australia though which is a shame as Blue Agave would grow well in our dry regions.

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