Monday, November 30, 2009
The Bee Keepers Muesli: A Honey Toasted Fruit & Oat Cereal
It seems i always have random nuts, seeds, and dried fruits around the house from trail mixes i've made, recipes i've executed, and snacks that never got fully consumed. So what to do with all these tiny bags in the pantry wrecking havoc on my organization??? How about making a muesli/granola? You don't need an exact recipe, though you are welcome to follow the one i'm supplying. It's a great way to use up all your leftover nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. It'll keep in an airtight container for some time and it'll perk up your morning yogurt parfait, fruit bowl, or is great on it's own with a little soy milk or milk choice of your preference. Here's an easy to make, all organic, simple, tasty, and wholesome granola/muesli recipe to keep you and yours grinning ear to ear. (added bonus...it makes the house smell warm and sweet when it's in the oven!) Prep the oven by turning it to 300 degrees...and let's look in the cabinet and see what we have to work with. Feel free to add your creativity!
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (optionally use bob red mill's gluten free organic)
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw sliced almonds
1/4 cup raw chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup dried shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup organic clover honey
**3/4 to 1 cup dried fruit of choice (my muesli used 1/4 cup dried blueberries, 1/4 cup dried fuji apple, 1/4 cup dried persimmon, and 1/8 cup candied ginger)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix first 8 ingredients (all dry ingredients EXCLUDING **the additional dried fruits of choice) in a medium to large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan combine the coconut oil and clover honey. Set saucepan over low heat and stir until coconut oil is completely melted into the honey. Pour the contents of saucepan over the dry mixture and stir to coat well. Lightly coat a shallow baking dish with oil (i sprayed lightly with an olive oil mister). Spread your granola/muesli mixture over the baking sheet and place in middle of oven, keeping heat at 300 degrees. Bake approximately 15 to 20 minutes or just until golden brown and lightly crispy, making sure to stir contents occasionally while baking (light browning = tasty / dark brown and burning = no good). Remove baking dish from oven and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, transfer the granola/muesli into a mixing bowl and add the remaining dried fruits of choice. Stir well and store in an airtight glass container.
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