Just made a batch of toasted muesli and thought I’d share:
As always, apologies for the poor picture quality. My purpose though, was to show the colour of the muesli when it’s done. Getting it to this degree of doneness took approximately 30 minutes in a low oven [Fan bake 150 C/Fahrenheit 302]. You may also notice that there is no fruit in the muesli. All of the extras are added after the muesli base has finished toasting. Or if you’re like me, you can just eat the base on its own with milk.
Okay, enough of the prologue. Here’s the recipe:
- Place 3 cups of rolled oats in a large baking dish.
- Add 1 cup of almond meal and mix.
- In a small pot, place
- 1 tablespoon of good apricot jam and 2 tablespoons of raw sugar [or make it all apricot jam].
- 1 tablespoon of good oil [I use peanut coz it’s mild but olive would be good too].
- 1/2 teaspoon of Cassia cinnamon*
- 1/4 cup water
- Bring the wet ingredients to a gentle simmer – just enough to make the mixture easy to pour.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly by hand. It’s a little sticky but the best way to get the flavour all through the oats.
- Place the pan of muesli in the middle of a cool oven [Fan bake 150 C/Fahrenheit 302] and bake for about 30 minutes.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Stir the muesli every 5 minutes or so to ensure it ‘toasts’ evenly instead of burning on the bottom.
- When the muesli is the right colour, remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool.
- When the muesli is completely cool, place in an air-tight container. Will last in the pantry for about 2 weeks.
Now, a word about quantities and taste: I do not like my muesli sweet, so if you have a sweet tooth, this recipe will need adjustment. I suggest doubling the quantity of sugar/jam and trying it out. If it’s too sweet, you can reduce the sweetness one tablespoon at a time until you get exactly the degree of sweetness you prefer. And that, my friends, is the only reason anyone should make their own toasted muesli!
p.s. Cassia cinnamon* is not the same as the cinnamon found in most supermarkets. It has a stronger, more aromatic scent and flavour, which is why it’s used by bakers. Cassia cinnamon can be found quite easily on the internet and I would strongly recommend buying some, especially if you have a problem with pre-diabetes. Apparently it helps balance blood sugar: