Ever thought to yourself how healthy you are, eating your muesli and plain yogurt in the morning (all chuffed-like), just to find out there’s a brick-load of sugar and preservatives in that dusty bag of muesli? Defeating the whole purpose….. (I could’ve just as well been eating waffles!).
Well, that happened to me recently, and I was not impressed. So I decided to make my own. Now I can control how much sugar I’m adding to my morning routine. And when you see how easy and quick it is to make your own Meusli/Granola, there’s NO going back!!
What you’ll need:
- 500g Raw Oats
- 1 Cup mixed seeds (sunflower; pumpkin; etc)
- 1 Cup mixed nuts, roughly chopped (Pecan; almond; cashew)
- ½ cup dried cranberries (You can use any dried fruit you prefer, or leave it out if you don’t like it at all)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons of your preferred spice (I used all-spice, but cinnamon; nutmeg; pumpkin spice etc. will also work well)
- 1/3 cup oil (I used heart-healthy canola oil; but you can use sunflower oil, or melted butter)
- 1/3 cup honey (Molasses or brown sugar also works well)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
What to do:
- Pre-heat oven to 150C. Prepare two baking trays by spraying with spray-and-cook, and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats and seeds. (set aside the nuts and dried fruit for now.)
- In a small bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients and spices.
- Add the wet mixture to the oats and seeds and stir well, ensuring that all the oats are well coated.
- Spread the mixture out onto the baking trays, and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the oats are golden and fragrant.
- Take out of the oven and let cool slightly. Now add the nuts and dried fruits, and mix together well.
Place in an air tight container, until you’re ready to enjoy!
- Add (or reduce) to the nuts, seeds and dried fruits as you prefer. When I’m making this with my husband in mind I add about twice as many nuts and leave out dried fruits completely.
- Add coconut flakes/bran/oat bran/ etc as you please.
- The oil can be substituted with the “fat” of your choice, but preferably NOT coconut oil
- You can add ALL the dry ingredients from the beginning and bake everything together, I just prefer adding the nuts and dried fruits after (because the nuts tend to get a toasted flavour as they bake, and some dried fruits/raisins become very hard when baked.)