made it. Then my sister was making it on her visit to my mum's and I had seen a chocolate muesli recipe. For the pedants, it was called granola but it has always been muesli to me, and I have a stubborn streak.
No Meat and Three Veg was giving this muesli to family as Christmas gifts. It is both practical and surprising. I loved that the muesli gave me a healthy opportunity to use up some of the fruit and nuts leftover from Christmas baking.
Mine had a few more seeds than Kate's because I see it as an opportunity to use some of the seeds and grain in the pantry. And seeds are healthy. I really want to try chia seeds in muesli but worried they would go gluggy with the liquids. I also was fascinated by Joanne's use of dried quinoa in muesli. Must experiment!
I love eating it with vanilla yoghurt. The yoghurt picks up the cocoa and looks like a posh version of cocoa pops. Remember they used to say "just like a chocolate milkshake only crunchy". Well if I was to advertise this, I would say "just like a chocolate smoothie only crunchy"!
Rock My Vegan Socks for Healthy Vegan Fridays #31.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Tim Tam Brownies for Australia Day
Two years ago: Risoni with Chickpeas, Lemon, and Mint
Three years ago: A tale of three water bottles
Four years ago: Aussie Moroccan salad
Five years ago: In search of . . .
Six years ago: Apricot History and a Chutney
Seven years ago: In Praise of Cookbooks
Adapted from Live.Love.Learn.Eat via No Meat and Three Veg
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup seeds (I used sesame, hemp and pumpkin)
pinch of salt
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sultanas
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (leaving the dried fruit out if you don't want it really chewy). Tip into 2 large lined roasting dishes* and bake at 180 C for about 20 to 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. (If you left out the dried fruit, mix in when it is out of the oven.) Cool and store in an airtight container.
NOTES: I found that using one roasting dish made my mixture too crowded to dry out. I ended up dividing it into 3 lots of baking each for an additional 5 minutes at the end but I think if I used 2 roasting dishes rather than one, it would work better. The muesli crisps up as it cools so it is a bit tricky to judge how much to bake it but I guess it needs to be dry enough to crisp up.
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