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