I wouldn’t exactly say I’m the most domesticated wife in the world, but I do, without fail, make this muesli for Hubby every second Sunday. I’ve tried lots of muesli recipes over the years, but this our favourite based on taste and nutrition: It’s low in oil and sugar.
I usually double the recipe (below) which makes enough muesli for 20 servings – it’s breakfast every day for Hubby for two weeks (and some snacks) as well as for me on days when I’ve spent too long doing my makeup and I don’t have time for poached eggs (might as well be honest as to why I frequently run late, right?!). It’s incredibly economical, I refuse point blank to buy packaged muesli from the supermarket: It’s too damned expensive!
I also love this muesli recipe as it’s so versatile: Haven’t got almonds? Use another nut, or skip it altogether. Haven’t got wheat germ? Ummm, what the heck is oat bran? Only got raisins in the cupboard? Who cares? Improvise! You get the idea!
Serving size? One serve for me equals 1/3 cup and with a little milk, yogurt and fresh (or tinned!) fruit and this will keep me going for hours. My Hot Hubby on the other hand, has a large appetite and usually demolishes 3/4 cup in one sitting.
- 1 kg of whole grain oats (not rolled, you want the wholegrain type)
- 1/2 c oat bran
- 1/3 c wheat germ
- 1/2 c sunflower seeds
- 1/4 c pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 c chopped almonds (better still, buy sliced ones, saves time!)
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1 heaped teaspoon mixed spice
- 50ml rice brain oil (or canola)
- 2/3 c trim milk
- 1 c dried fruit (or more as you like)
Preheat oven to 150 degrees (bake).
Mix all the dry ingredients together EXCEPT the dried fruit. Add milk and oil. Give it a good stir.
Put it all in a large roasting dish and place in the oven for 50 minutes to bake. Stir at regular intervals (every 15 mins ish). Turn the oven off when done and leave the muesli in the oven overnight – this dries it out and crisps it up. I often make this on a Sunday night and then the next morning I add whatever dried fruit I have on hand. (remember dried fruit is calorie dense, so less, rather than more is good!)
Store in an airtight container. Delicious served with a little milk/yogurt and fresh fruit of your choice!