Each time I moved from one rental to another, I was appalled at how much expired pantry items that I neglected over time. One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to refrain myself from overstocking of cooking and baking ingredients as well as de-clutter (or stock-taking) regularly.
A couple of days ago, I was in the mood to de-clutter.
I have some rolled oats, barely touched dried goji berries and an array of leftover nuts from my baking. Can you tell where I’m going to with this? It’s pretty obvious. It must be the rolled oats and nuts that gave it away; as well the image above, of course! *wink*
If you’re scratching your head and think “what is Emily being so cryptic about?” well, this post is about homemade toasted muesli. Call me crazy but, I do splurge on good quality, “homemadesque” and not to mention expensive muesli. I love it toasted, lots on nuts and cinnamon as well as conservative amount of dried fruits. My beloved who is not a fan of muesli and oaty type cereal has decided to join the light side. (Oh, may the force be with him!)
This is one of the simplest things you can make at home. I can’t believe it took me so long to get here i.e. making toasted muesli at home. I felt good about making this because it tasted similar to the expensive muesli that I have been splurging on. That means I no longer need to buy them from the store and it took no time to make really. My beloved was impressed with the end result too! I have to stop him from snacking on the muesli until I have photographed the end result. Oh, the plight of being the better half of a food blogger….
Toasted Muesli (Granola) with Goji Berries, Nuts & Maple Syrup
About 3 – 4 Servings
What you’ll need:-
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup whole nuts (mine was 1/2 cup whole pecans & 1/2 cup whole almonds)
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbps flavourless cooking oil ( I used canola oil)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (you can reduce to 1/4 cup if you wish)
- 1/2 cup dried goji berries
Preheat oven to 180C/ 356F. In a mixing bowl, mix together rolled oats, nuts and ground cinnamon. Then add in maple syrup and vegetable oil. Stir the mixture until well combined. Then spread the mixture on a parchment paper lined baking tray and bake for 20 minutes. About 10 minutes into baking, I stirred the muesli around so that the muesli was evenly toasted. Then put the muesli back into the oven to bake for another 10 minutes.
After the muesli came out the oven , stir it around to loosen it up and leave it to cool. When the muesli is completely cooled, stir in goji berries and store it in an airtight container.