How to make Crunchy Muesli. Or how to not make Muesli Bars…
I will not pretend it, I am not perfect. Not at all. But how is the saying If life gives you lemons, make lemonade? Well in this case, if the muesli bars are not working, make muesli 😛 You know sometimes the best things come out of accidents in the kitchen. Things that were not planned that way. And if things are not working as you wished, don’t toss it out immediately, maybe you can just give your creation a new name and be happy with it as it is 🙂 Maybe we should also apply that to life outside the kitchen? Thinking about that…
For now I will just pretend that I wanted to make Muesli. Actually it was on my to-bake-list for some time, but I wasn’t actually prepared to hack it off of my list so soon 😛 And back on the list goes Muesli Bars… still not giving up on them.
I found the inspiration in a magazine about healthy baking called Gesunde Backwaren & Cupcakes Vol 2. I couldn’t find any internet site to show you, sorry. However, I adapted the recipe by adding other nuts, fruit and rye flakes instead of oatmeal 😛 Hmm maybe that’s why the actual bars didn’t work?!
- Grease a baking tin or sheet
- Heat up the oil in a big pan and add the rye flakes (or when you can’t find them use oatmeal). Roast it over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes. Stir frequently and avoid burning! You know when it is finished when you smell the roasted flakes
- Let the flakes cool down in a bowl
- Add the chopped nuts, cranberries, coconut and some salt into the bowl
- Heat up the honey and sugar over medium heat until dissolved. Cook for about 5 minutes
- Mix the honey-sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well until all is combined
- Pour it into the baking sheet and distribute evenly
- Bake it for about 20 minutes at 160ºC (fan 140ºC)
- Let it cool down and break into pieces for your crunchy muesli
Those crunchy muesli pieces are great to eat alone with some creamy yogurt, or mix it with your favorite regular muesli for some extra crunch and flavor! Of course you can also exchange the dried fruits and nuts and add whatever you prefer 🙂
Also great on top of some ice cream or desserts. We really enjoyed them and they keep good for quite some while!
- 4 Tbsp Oil, vegetable
- 250g Rye Flakes (or Oatmeal)
- 100g Mixed nuts, chopped (I used half hazelnuts and half cashew nuts)
- 100g Honey
- 2-3 Tbsp Soft brown sugar
- 100g Cranberries
- 60 Coconut, shredded