Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More bang for your buck

James and I love Muesli. Its such a good morning treat BUT when you try to get a decent brand at the store it cost $10 a box and you get about 4 servings (and they are all about 1/2 cup servings). That $10 box would last ONE day in our house, especially during high the tri season. So I opted to find a bargain and make our own. I was able to fill 2 whole freezer bags for only $5-6 bucks! Yea! Plus it tasted so fresh and delicious. We picked out our own ingredients. Oh boy do I feel like a Martha Stewart. HAHA!



Here's the mix/match of ingredients:

- dried cranberries and currants (we've also used dried cherries and chopped dates)
- dried coconut flakes (unsweetened)
- chopped pecans and almonds
- organic rolled oats
- sunflower seeds
- agave nectar
- cinnamon and/or cinnamon sugar

Layer all these ingredients, starting with the oats, on a cookie sheet. Spread it out evenly. Then add in a drizzle of honey, cinnamon or cinnamon sugar, and a little of melted butter or coconut oil. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes or until the you can see that the coconut and the nuts/seeds are all toasted. Let it cool and VIOLA!

BONUS- if you use the dried coconut flakes your house will smell HEAVENLY when it bakes. YUM!!

Enjoy! We've packed up the muesli and are hauling it to FL this next weekend. Cheers to the final race!

LC

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lindsay,
Could you subsitute another type of flake for oats (I can't tolerate oats (celiac...) Have you made it without oats or using something else before (quinoa flakes? or something else)? It looks yummy and I haven't found a GF museli yet.
Thanks!

James and Lindsay Cotter said...

Bobs Redmills actually has really good certified GF oats. We use those. But quinoa flakes or rice flakes would work as well. I wouldn't bake them as long though. Check out the website for the oats.
http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-rolled-oats.html
lc

Anonymous said...

Any specific proportions, or just equal amounts?

I can't wait to try this - I think your recipes are great!

Thanks Lindsay!

Have a great race James!

James and Lindsay Cotter said...

Just depends on your preference. I've done a couple batch with more oats and seeds versus dried fruit but have also done a batch lower in carbs and therefore have more seeds and nuts, etc. Play around with it. Its best to layer it al in a pan an go from there. Thats why its so great. Choose your portion, etc.!! Good luck and tell me how it goes. You have to add the coconut, its such a good flavor toasted!

LC

Anonymous said...

Haven't been able to find the oats in Canada but I will check the Whole Foods next time I'm there. I will try it with the quinoa flakes for now. Thanks for posting that recipe- I'm really excited to test it out (and I'm definitely using the coconut- LOVE coconut!

Anonymous said...

Lindsay- I'm writing to tell you that my house smells as yummy as you promised with the coconut toasting, and now I'm testing it out as I'm writing this and it tastes even better than it smells!! sooo good! thanks for posting that recipe! you have just solved my dilemma of not eating granola since it costs so much for GF stuff and doesn't really taste that fabulous. :)

James and Lindsay Cotter said...

YEA! That makes my day as well. Enjoy!