home style muesli (a rough recipe)

home style muesli (a rough recipe)

Muesli is probably the thing I make most consistently. It's quick and easy and you get your breakfast fix minus the sugar stitch up. I always start with a 1 kg bag of oats and the rest depends on what's in the cupboard - it really is a very simple approach both in technique and flavour. I tend to avoid making a granola style mix as it requires a little more effort and a considerable amount of sweetener.

Step 1 - Toast your oats

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F. Place 1 kg of oats in a large baking tray lined with grease proof paper. Toast in the oven for approx. 25mins, keep an eye on them and stir regularly, they have a tendency to burn.

Step 2 - Flavour your oats (optional) 

This step creates a deeper flavour profile but I often leave it out. While the oats are in the oven mix 1-2 TBSPs of melted coconut oil in a bowl with a pinch of salt and a tsp of vanilla. To the coconut oil add 1-2 tsps of sweet spices; cinnamon/nutmeg/ground ginger/cardamon all work well individually or in combination with each other. The zest of an orange or lemon it also a worthwhile addition. Drizzle your flavour combination over the oats, coated evenly and return to the oven to finish toasting. 

Step 3 - Prepare your additional ingredients 

This is the bit where you scramble through the pantry and pull out whatever you can find. I generally go for a seeded version and put together a handful (or 1/2 cup) each of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, a handful of ground flaxseeds or LSA, a generous sprinkling of sesame and chia seeds. A few handfuls of of roughly chopped hazels, almonds, cashews or pecans helps to diversify the texture and a cup of lightly toasted coconut flakes also adds immense flavour value to the mix. Add to the oats 5 minutes before they are due to come out of the oven.

Step 4 - Finishing touch 

To finish I like to add 1 cup of puffed grains when I have them at hand (this will add another dimension to the texture but it's easily skipped) and 1-2 cups of dried fruit for sweetness. When your muesli mix is well toasted remove from the oven and stir in 1 cup of puffed grains (brown rice/quinoa/buckwheat/amaranth/millet etc.). 

I love the sweetness that sultanas and dates provide and the slight edge you get from dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice preferably) or chopped dried apricots. Once the oats have been allowed to cool slightly add your preferred fruit combination. 

Store in an airtight container once fully cooled. 

Pictured above is a muesli mix atop slices of papaya, banana and orange, softened with coconut milk and finished with scoops of fresh passionfruit.