Muesli

Muesli

Boxed cereals in Africa and are pretty pricey and since we are a bunch of kids we could possibly go through a box in 2 days! So my mother used to make muesli at home in bulk and store them in these huge metal tins. I still like to make my own so that I can control the amount of fat and sugar. As an added bonus it’s fresher and cheaper than store-bought muesli. It is a great way to use up crystallized honey too.

Recipe: Muesli

Categories: Non-traditional; breakfast

 

Servings: Makes about 6-7 cups, depends on how much of the optional ingredients you add

Ingredients:

Base ingredients:

  • 5 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking oats)
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice or 2 Tbsp frozen concentrate
  • orange zest (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Flavor variation: In place of the orange juice and orange zest you can use 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder.

Additional ingredients suggestions:

  • 1/2 cup raisins or any other dried fruits
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or any other healthy nut
  • 4 Tbsp unsweetened dessicated coconut
  • Crushed Weetabix or All-Bran Flakes or Corn Flakes
  • 1/4 cup toasted flaxseeds

Cooking tools:

  • Cookie sheet

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 325° F.
  • In a large pot, on a low heat setting, combine the honey, orange juice, orange zest and oil.
  • Let it come to a slow boil and turn off the heat.
  • Add the oats, one cup at a time, stirring to coat them with the honey mixture.
  • On a large cookie pan or two regular sized pans, pour out the oat mixture and place in the oven on the lower rack. In 5-7 minutes you will see the oats browning a bit, using a spoon mix the oats and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Turn off the oven and place the oats in the middle rack. Let the oats sit in the oven for another 5-7 minutes. When you remove them from the oven the oats will be slightly brown. When cooled completely they will be crunchy.

Uncooked oats

Before the oven

After the oven

  • It is essential that you cool the oats completely. You can then add the fruits, nuts, Weetabix, flax, etc.
  • Store in an airtight container.

It tastes wonderful in a parfait, just add vanilla yogurt and some fresh berries/grapes.

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