Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Beautiful berry breakfast

We had these all the time while we were in the States - they are so so so yummy and combine the tartness but contrasting textures of the blueberries and yoghurt with the crunchy sweetness of the granola/muesli.

This is the first time I have made homemade muesli and it was very easy, and so so so yummy. You will have to hide it from all the people you live with, because the next time you go to eat it, it won't be there (the only downside of muesli is how fast it disappears!!)

The recipe comes from a 'Mothering Time Cookbook' - La Leche League NZ.

Munchy Muesli

850g rolled oats
500g brown sugar
4 cups bran
250g dessicated coconut
70g almonds
70g walnuts
70g Brazil nuts
1 T cinnamon and mixed spices

1 cup cooking oil
1-1 1/2 cups milk

500g dried fruit
400g wheat germ

Place rolled oats, brown sugar, bran, coconut, almonds (chopped), walnuts (chopped), Brazil nuts (chopped) and spices in a large roasting pan.

Add cooking oil and milk and crumble with hands until mixture has texture of small lumps.

Bake uncovered at 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes, stirring thoroughly every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. Cool, stirring occasionally.

When cold, add dried fruit and wheatgerm and store in an airtight container.

Just a few notes of interest -

- I didn't have any bran so just used wholemeal flour and it was fine (you can also sieve off the bran from wholemeal flour if you want to do it properly).
- I don't like walnuts so used hazelnuts (personally I love how the flavour of hazelnuts goes through EVERYTHING!)
- don't mix it too vigorously when you add the liquid. This way it leaves you with more of a bitty, granola type muesli which works better (and tastes nicer) on top of the berries and yoghurt.
- you can add creative things at the end like seeds (sesame, linseeds, sunflower, pumpkin), dried cranberries (they always give that lovely gourmet taste), dates, apricots, currants... whatever you have in the cupboard!

Making your Beautiful Berry Breakfast

a handful of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
about 3 dessert spoons of plain yoghurt
(Greek is yummy but higher fat content)
however much muesli takes your fancy

Pile the yoghurt on top of the berries in a parfait glass if you have it (otherwise a small bowl will do) and top with your homemade muesli. I guarantee that you won't only be wanting this for breakfast, but for snacking throughout the day too! Ever so nutritious as well.

Do send me your pictures of your very own BBB ;) Good luck!

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