Pay HK$60+ for a box of designer muesli? In the words of Eddie Murphy at his finest, ‘GET THE F*** OUTTA HERE!’
I seriously object to the cost of some cereal in HK. Yeh, I know it has to be imported, but still, it’s not rocket science to make your own, you know what I’m saying? This recipe costs a fraction of the price and you have enough to last you more than 3 bowls worth (more like a month).
Interestingly, granola and muesli is something I have come to love only late in life. I mean, late – as in last year. I remember my dad eating bucket loads of the stuff when I was a kid and once coerced into trying it, I’m pretty sure I grimaced and quietly thought to myself ‘WTF is this?!’ I felt like a horse with a feedbag.
But I now know the key to it is getting the best quality Greek yogurt to eat with it. And some good honey. Those are crucial to the whole granola / muesli pleasure factor!
At the best part of all this? There is no limit to what you can put in. Like walnuts? Add away! Want dried blueberries? GO FOR IT! Marks and Spencers’ style Triple Chocolate Crunch – DO IT. Fancy some bacon on that, HELL YES! (I sprinkle it everywhere…)
- One packet of rolled oats (usually 4-5 cups in a large bag)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon or allspice
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 2-3 tablespoons of light brown sugar
- *1/3 cup of light vegetable oil
- 1 cup of any dried fruit (diced small) of your choice: figs, dates, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, 1 cup of mixed seeds or nuts of your choice
- *If making muesli, you only need to mix all the ingredients well and leave out the oil. If making granola, read on!
- Pre-heat your oven to 160C.
- Get your kids measuring and mixing all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Carefully pour the oil over the top and get hands involved, rubbing and mixing until all the oats are well coated.
- Carefully spread the granola mix in a thin layer over a baking sheet covered in foil.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes in the oven, before checking and carefully stirring.
- Bake again for another 5 minutes or until the granola is golden brown.