Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Muesli or Granola?

What do you call it? I usually call it Muesli but I don't know why....sounds more nutritious? What IS the difference anyways? Well, apparently, muesli is often untoasted and unsweetened whereas granola usually has sugar added in some form and has been toasted in the oven.
So I guess I have made granola but I am still calling it muesli. So there.

What you need: cookie sheets with sides, non stick spray, big bowl, pot, big spoon, measuring cup and spoons, ingredients, stove and oven.
Spray the sheets and preheat the oven at 325 F.


Ingredients are based on your preference. I don't like raisins so I didn't use them. In the past I have dried my own sliced strawberries and used that (OMFrakking Gs is was soo goood!). Use those juices (concentrate will give stronger flavour),dried fruits, seeds,grains, and nuts YOU like best. These are what I used:

Large rolled oats (NOT quick oats)(5 cups)
sunflower seeds (raw)(2/3 cup)
Craisins (1 cup)
coconut (unsweetened)(1/4 cup)
chopped dried Apricots (1/2 cup)
pecans (100 gram package, chopped or broken up)
almonds ( 100 gram package, sliced)
flax seed ( 1/2 cup)
wheat germ ( 1/2 cup)
olive oil ( 2 Tbsp)
orange juice ( 1/2 cup or so)
maple syrup ( 2/3 cup)
honey (1/4 cup)
brownsugar (1/4 cup packed)
salt (1/2tsp)
cinnamon (1 Tbsp)
PS: this is fun to make with kids but I didn't. Mine were at school.
In your pot put your liquid ingredients and sugar. Place on the stove and heat to a simmer stirring occassionally.
While thats heating, measure out and mix up your dry stuffs (except the salt and cinnamon)in your big bowl. I just eyeballed my measurements and I approxiamated them for you.
When your liquids are hot and at a simmer, stir in your salt and cinnamon.
Pour the liquids over your dry ingredients, stirring and tossing to coat and distribute evenly. You can use your hands when its cooled enough and kids would LOVE this.
Spread the whole mixture on your two sheets and bake on the lower position in your oven for 15 minutes. Stir and rotate the sheets and bake another 15 minutes. Its gonna smell like cookies in your house!
Remove from oven, let cool, store in an airtight container.

3 comments:

K. said...

Ooh that sounds YUMMY-licious. My dad makes something similar but not so healthy (it's with sweetened condensed milk...drooL!)...I'll have to try it out!

Suldog said...

I call it granola. Muesli sounds like mucilage. I don't want to eat glue.

bacdon said...

Great recipe!

My only addition to your excellent recipe using flaxseed is, for myself, I use Rejuv! for my flaxseed meal. It comes easy to measure and has added value of flax hull lignans which are concentrated. Great antioxidant and packed with Omega-3s. Easy to cook with. I order it exclusively from http://www.rejuvnow.com

I use it daily in my smoothies. I've done the research and it is the best and superior to the flaxseed meal you get at a local health food store or enlightened grocers.

Thanks again for the great post.