Sunday, January 30, 2011

Breakfast Granola

Who would have thought there was such history behind the names Granola and Muesli?

Initially I thought the name Granola just sounded better however as it turns out the Australian Sanitarium company trademarked the name Muesli as a contemporary invention! Granula was invented by Dr. James Caleb Jackson in 1894 at a prominent health spa, Mr Kellogg got on the band wagon and to avoid legal ramifications changed the name to Granola.

In 1900 Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner introduced it for patients in his hospital. He was also inspired by a similar dish his wife was served up in a hike in the Swiss Alps. Today most Muesli comes in a box and is full of fat and sugar to mention expensive. Making your own is so easy and you can add what ever you want!

Seriously get stuck in and give it ago, it also makes a lovely gift.

Breakfast Granola
You will need...
4 cups jumbo oats
3 tablespoons of coconut
3 tablespoons of pumpkin seed
3 tablespoons linseed's
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup syrup such as maple, golden, butterscotch
3 tablespoons dried fruit (optional) IMPORTANT - Add dried fruit after baking

All you do is mix everything together and put into a baking dish and bake at 200 degrees for about 15 mins. Keep checking and re-mixing but stop when you have the colour you like - I like it a bit burnt and crunchier.

It crisps up on cooling. Serve with yoghurt or steamed milk and stewed fruit.
You can change the grains and seeds as you please and you can also add brown sugar instead of syrup or even butter instead of oil.
Healthy or decadent - the choice is yours...

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