Here it is, as promised – my next installment in ‘New Years Resolution Recipes’: Muesli!
I decided to make muesli because I figured it was something that I could make a largeish batch of and it could last us throughout the week, it is a basic staple, and I was hoping that it would prove to be a money saver for me.
Well it does look like the batch could last us a few days, but I’m not sure about the money saver. After buying all the ingredients (and I actually forgot one), I spent around $16. I could buy 3 boxes of fancy pants granola for that! Oh well. Lesson learned. At least I know exactly what is going into it. Although I will admit that I did not use up all of the ingredients, so perhaps it will work out to be cheaper. Another issue with regards to the ingredients was that I actually had a stupid bug invasion, weevils had taken up residence in my cupboard. Efforts to remove them was just not working – I threw away anything that was open, or looked suspect. I wiped out the entire pantry and cleaned it with eucalyptus oil (hoping the strong smell would deter them). I killed any bug I saw. And then I repeated it. Several times. Finally I gave up the battle, I admitted defeat, and had the exterminator come around. And I threw out three quarters of the food in the house. The final quarter was the food left in the fridge. My point is, if I had not had to throw out all of the food, I probably would have had most of the ingredients in the house and ready to go, as most of them are basic pantry items.
Anyway, I’m rambling, I know. The recipe. I researched a few different recipes, and then decided to kind of wing it.
2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3 Tbspn honey
2 Tbspn golden syrup
3 Tbspn vegetable oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence (which I forgot to buy, so I just skipped it)
1/2 cup your choice of dried fruit and or nuts (I used sultanas, apricots, dates, pear, apple, pineapple, almonds, walnuts & sunflower seeds… OK actually I just bought some trail mix)
Preheat the oven to 175 c. Unless you’re fan forced in which case I don’t freakin know, for reasons which will become clearer as you read.
In a large bowl, mix the oats, cinnamon and salt together. In a smallish bowl, mix together the honey, golden syrup, oil, brown sugar, and vanilla essence until well combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together really well.
Spread out on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake for 10 mins. This is the point that I burned and threw out my first batch. Stupid ovens. I keep forgetting how it burns pretty much everything the first time.
Remove from the oven, stir, add the nuts, then put back in the oven. Bake for another 10 mins.
Remove from the oven, stir, then put back in for another 5 mins.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool competely. Break into small clumps or teeny tiny clumps if you don’t like clumps at all, then add the dried fruits.
Keep in an airtight container, should be good to go for a week.
Enjoy with icy cold milk. Yummehhhh.
It was pretty good. M gave his tick of approval too, which was nice of him considering he is strictly a toast with vegemite or weetbix kid. Next time I make it I think I will try apple and cinnamon, or even maple syrup and banana. There are obviously umpteen variations you could do. I also think a berry combo would be really nice. I’m looking forward to eating this muesli with yogurt and banana.
And now, to send you off, a few photos from the past few weeks..