I have never eaten cereal, not the bowl of cereal in the morning (although I use it in cooking). Shock you? Well, when I tell you that I hate, hate HATE milk.... it might not.
When the power of the Thermomix brought cheap Almond Milk into my grasp (Vegetarian cookbook).... I tried it and LOVED it - I started doing the whole milk thing! Iced coffees, Smoothies, Custards.... but, I still did not even think about cereal, not having had it for so long. I think that is going to change with this recipe!
John and I went for a lovely walk in Semaphore yesterday (Which is a seaside suburb about 30 mintues away from us in Adelaide) shame it was raining... I got DRENCHED - but it was a lovely walk. The third benefit for Semaphore are the quaint little shops (the first being the pretty beach, the second the yummy icecream shop) and as our walk to the end of the Jetty ended up being so wet, we wandered the shops to try to dry off.
I ended up buying the beautiful cookbook that had some lovely looking recipes in it. "It's easier than you think" by Jo Seagar. One thing I did notice, when I got past the beautiful pictures, is that it, dissapointly, uses ingredients that are commercially tinned / packaged / colours for a lot of the recipes - but I can work around that. The bonus was the lady in the shop had JUST bought a Thermomix so we had a nice chat. She said she looks forward to seeing some of the recipes in the book converted.
The very VERY first recipe was for honey toasted muesli. it sounded wonderful so I just had to try it! It was easy and SO delicious!!! So I converted the recipe for Thermy owners.
FIRST: Set the oven to 180oC and put some baking paper on a large baking tray
HONEY TOASTED MUESLI
- 65g of nuts (the recipe said Brazil, I used a mixture of pistacios and cashews) - don't use almonds as the recipe calls for flaked almonds later on. I guess if you don't have the flaked almonds, add a handful of almonds here too
1) Put in TM bowl and chop using 2 - 3 short bursts on TURBO
2) Remove from bowl and set asode
3) No need to clean the bowl
- The recipe calls for several handfuls of fruit which are added after the main bit is cooked, but if you are using dried apricots and / or dates - you might like to chop these now in your TM
- I used a hand full of both dates and apricots
4) Repeat steps 1 - 3 above... making sure they are in a SEPARATE bowl to the nuts
- In the TM bowl add 45g of honey
- 30g of Rice Bran Oil
(I don't know why they sepecified rice bran instead of olive oil - it may be that the olive oil has a lower flash point and may have burnt the cereal??)
5) heat the oil and honey mixture to 50oC on speed 2 for 4 minutes.
6) Then, add the following ingredients to the TM bowl
- 95g of sunflower seeds
- 30g of sesame seeds
- 55g of flaked almonds
- 150g of rolled oats
- the chopped nuts you set aside
7) mix on REVERSE, speed 2 for 30 seconds. You may need to stop half way and give a stir with the spatula . If not well mixed, go another 10 seconds or so.
put the mixture on the oven tray and put in the oven for 10 minutes
9) Take tray out of the oven and stir the mixture
10) put back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes until toasty brown.
11) Take out of the oven, and while the tray of toasted goodies are hot - ADD the following to the hot tray
- 1/2 cup of coconut
- 1/4 cup linseeds (I added chia seeds instead - I don't like linseeds)
- 4 handfulls of fruit
- I had already chopped 2 handfuls (the apricots and the dates) and then added a handful of currants and cranberries
12) Mix well!
13) let cool on the tray
14) put into a airtight container and ENJOY!!
OBVIOUSLY don't add things you don't like! And include things you do! Make this recipe yours!