My mother really is a trooper.
Over the past 12 months she’s been gradually shedding the pounds that have slowly built up over the years, something that so many people her age try to do and fail miserably at. What makes her different is she’s managed to stick to her guns, melt away the extra weight that has made her so unhappy for as long as I can remember, and now, towards the end of her journey to healthy living, she’s looking and feeling fantastic.
Many things have helped her edge closer to her goal weight; smaller portions, cutting down on carbs and exercising more frequently all playing a part. However one of the changes she’s made is one that is so simple and yet has aided in making her new healthy lifestyle satisfying and most importantly delicious.
Her secret? Muesli.
This yummy muesli is one that has been gradually tweaked and adjusted over several months to reach a fulfilling, healthy fat-filled and yet sensibly low in sugar creation which is guaranteed to satisfy. My mum has been eating a big bowl of this for lunch with milk every day since around March last year, and when I say every day I mean every single day. I don’t know how she does it either.
Obviously this recipe can be altered to suit your tastes; different nuts, seeds or sweeteners can be used plus you can add a little oil or apple sauce to achieve some crunchy clusters and make it more granola like! This is just a basic recipe that will allow you to make a super healthy, filling and downright tasty meal or snack that you can adjust at your leisure.
The recipe makes 5-10 servings depending on how much you like to eat at one time, mum gets 5 generous portions from it.
So, dedicated to my dear old mum, here is her favourite muesli.
Preheat your oven and look out a few baking trays. Muesli isn’t always cooked, but gently toasting the oats and nuts makes for a much better flavour!
The basis of this muesli is oats, lovely, lovely oats. So pour your oats into a large bowl to start with.
To the oats, add the nuts and seeds…
Followed by the syrup and vanilla extract…
Then throw in the cinnamon, salt and chia seeds (if using). Don’t add the fruit at this stage, you don’t want to cook it with the muesli mix or it will become horribly dry and unbearably chewy!
With all the ingredients except the fruit now in your bowl, give it all a good mix to let everything mingle together nicely.
Once mixed, tip the mixture onto a few baking trays, trying to keep it fairly flat on the trays to ensure a nice even bake.
Bake the mixture on the trays in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, making sure to give it a stir halfway through to prevent any burning.
When the muesli is cooked, it should be crisp, golden, and your house will be filled with the aroma of toasted oaty loveliness.
Allow the trays to cool for a little bit while you measure out your chosen dried fruit. (Try not to eat all the muesli while you wait)
Once it has cooled, mix the dried fruit through the muesli either in the trays or in a large bowl, and we’re done!
This muesli keeps well for 2 weeks in an airtight container. If you’re trying to behave, you can portion it up now so that you don’t end up eating humungous servings, if not, just pour some milk into your mixing bowl and go to town on it! Joking, of course…
Ah, muesli. Sweet, nutty, toasty muesli. How our family loves you.
This stuff if great simply with milk, some yoghurt and honey or even just eaten by the handful as a snack. However you like to eat this delicious healthy concoction, you’re sure to enjoy every last mouthful!
A lovely toasted muesli mix that is perfect every time!
- 400g porridge/rolled oats
- 50g pumpkin seeds
- 50g chopped hazelnuts
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional, you can purchase these online)
- 100g raisins, sultanas, cranberries or chopped dates
- Preheat your oven – 180 degrees for conventional ovens or 160 degrees for fan ovens – and look out a few baking trays.
- The basis of this muesli is oats, lovely, lovely oats. So pour your oats into a large bowl to start with.
- Add in all other ingredients except the raisins and mix together.
- Tip the mixture onto a few baking trays and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
- Allow the trays of muesli to cool slightly before adding the raisins and stirring together.