Creating delicious homemade muesli
Homemade muesli is a winner when it comes to taste and nutrition plus it’s very easy to make! This homemade muesli recipe contains chunky mixed nuts, coconut chips, lightly toasted oats and a little sweet, tangy dried fruit. The result? It tastes amazing and provides a sustaining, nourishing breakfast.
The importance of variety
I’ve been in such a breakfast funk lately so this was a recipe to help get me out of it! In between feeding a toddler, packing lunches and scraping bits of the child’s breakfast off the floor, sometimes cooking a bowl of porridge seems like too much effort! So I tend to grab the same thing over and over again since it’s easy and I love it. I’m talking about you, crunchy peanut butter on toast. However, variety is one of the factors that’s important for a balanced diet. By mixing up your meals and food you get a range of nutrients, different types of dietary fibre and antioxidants to help keep you healthy.
To remedy my breakfast rut I’ve been creating new muesli and granola recipes to keep breakfast interesting and give me some different options. If you don’t want to toast the oats with the honey mix, you can simply make an untoasted version which makes it even easier. But I think the toasted one tastes better!
To create this homemade muesli (also known as granola), the oats are toasted with a small amount of honey and oil. This adds flavour and crunch. Then I add lots of nuts, seeds, coconut and dried fruit finish it off. The result is a breakfast that provides a source of fibre plus a range of vitamins and minerals. The mixture of plant based ingredients, including wholegrains, nuts and seeds also provide a variety of types of fibre which are beneficial for our gut bacteria
Homemade muesli Recipe:
Homemade muesli is simple to make and you can mix and match different nuts, fruit and seeds if you prefer others.
- 3.5 cups rolled oats
- 3 tablespoons oil Grape seed, macadamia, melted coconut can be used
- 3 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups mixed nuts
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1 cup coconut chips
Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celcius
Melt together the coconut oil and honey then stir through the vanilla.
Place the oats on a large baking tray and pour over the honey mixture. With clean hands, rub this through the oats.
Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
Stir the oat mixture and add the nuts and seeds. Put the mixture back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
Remove from the oven and add the coconut chips and leave to cool.
Once cooled, stir through the dried fruit and store in an air tight container.
Another yummy recipe is this plum, cashew and coconut granola . It uses freeze dried fruit which have an intense flavour and make it a little bit special.
What are your favourite muesli or granola combinations? I’m always keen for new ideas so do let me know in the comments below.