Is home made muesli better than shop bought?
My hubby has muesli every morning (except when I make scrambled eggs). He does buy different brands from time to time, and sometimes he even splashes out and puts fresh fruit or berries on top. Anyway, we went to Costco’s a little while ago because lots of my Thermomix customers have been telling me it’s fantastic.
When I first saw Costco’s come on to our Australian shores, I thought ”oh no, more of our money going overseas”. I was assured there were a lot of Aussie brands there, but I wasn’t that impressed (at least not enough) if you have to travel a long way to shop there.
I don’t really buy much in the way of packaged foods, so I think that’s my issue. The store reminds me of an over-sized Aldi, before it changed its focus to provide more and better fresh foods. I suppose I really prefer a farmers market, that I can go to each weekend. Oh, why can’t we have some of my favourite shops in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne?
Is our toasted muesli better than Costco?
My hubby said that Costco has one the best muesli he has ever had. Not wanting to travel all that way just for muesli and not wanting to be shown up by Costco for my culinary skills, I got to thinking that “I have to be able to do better”. Guess what, he tasted and agreed, it is!
Toasted Muesli by Bec
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- 60 g pure maple syrup or 2 tbs honey or golden syrup
- two tbs grapeseed sunflower or rice bran oil
- 1 cup rolled oats don’t use instant or quick oats
- ½ cup rolled quinoa flakes
- ½ cup 80g flaked almonds or chopped almonds
- ½ cup 170g cashews nuts, chopped
- ½ cup pecans or walnuts chopped
- 1/3 cup chia 1 cup 160g pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1 ½ cups 240g sunflower seeds
- ½ cup goji berries see note
- ½ cup sultanas
- ½ cup currants
- ½ cup cranberries
- two tbs flaxseed oil see note
- Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine oats, almonds and nuts on the baking tray. Drizzle with liquid ingredients. Bake for 10-12 minutes until toasted and golden, stirring a few times during cooking.
- Remove and cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients, in a large bowl and once the oat nut mix is cool, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Store muesli in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks, or freeze (see notes below).
Tips for making toasted muesli
Keep an eye on the muesli while you’re baking it. You will have to stir the mix as the edges will brown faster than the centre.
To keep your toasted muesli crisp, cool it thoroughly before you pack it away in an airtight container. Without any preservatives your toasted muesli will only stay fresh for about 2 weeks although if you pop it into appropriately sized zip lock bags and store it in the freezer, you will be having toasted muesli whenever you want it, for up to six months.
Why not experiment with different ingredients. Here is an opportunity to use up those dried fruits and nuts that are in the cupboard. But remember, don’t go overboard with the quantities, just substitute like for like. Purchase your flaxseed oil from a health food store or chemist. They keep it in a fridge, or you can just grind some seeds in your food processor or Thermomix and sprinkle them on just before you package it. I don’t like to buy pre-ground flaxseed because the goodness diminishes very quickly, but grind them your self, and they’re a winner with substantial health benefits.
Chopped dried pawpaw, dried apricots, sultanas or raisins can replace the goji berries and dried apple. Add it to yoghurt for a snack any time of day. I’ve even been known to sprinkle it on ice-cream…
Want to know more?
This Thermomix muesli bar recipe is great for packed lunches and as a healthy snack.