06 February 2010
Homemade Granola Museli - Actions speak louder than words
I have two beautiful Sisters-in-law, both are pregnant - one literally about to pop and the other half way. At K's baby shower last week, I was shocked to see that she had invited 40 of her closest friends to help her celebrate the impending birth of my newest niece.
It got me thinking. (And not just about the fact that I don't even know 40 people, let alone 40 women!)
But about the Friends I do have, and I have to say - it is definitely Quality over Quantity in my life - and I am absolutely fine with that.
My friend The Journo has been around since we were about 13, bonded in our misery at boarding school. We lived together during college, slept on each other's couches, and she was Bridesmaid at my wedding last year.
Safe to say she's pretty much stuck with me.
While struggling with my ANZ Febusave posts - she was kind enough to help me with the editing. I was very nervous about these posts - it's one thing to write something in your own personality for your own blog. But to write posts for a program that may be seen by thousands of intelligent women? Well it was a little bit daunting, and I was extremely grateful for her help.
So to say thank you - and because, in my family, we cook for those we love - I made her one of her favourite things. Homemade museli.
Homemade Granola Museli
4 cups Rolled Oats
1 cup Shredded Coconut
2 cup Crushed Nuts (I used cashews, macadamias and sliced almonds as well as some prganic wholewheat biscuits for crunch)
1/2 cup Honey
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Melt honey in microwave until liquid, add vanilla and oil. Put all dry ingredients into a large roasting dish, then pour over the honey mix – stir until evenly combined.
Cook in oven for 20mins at 180C, taking out to stir regularly so that is cooks evenly and doesn’t burn.
Allow to cool before storing in airtight containers.
It is sensational with a good quality Greek yoghurt and some berries... just in case you needed the hint...
Note: Apparently if you add fruit to your muesli, it will take away all the crunchiness and make it chewy. So if you like fruit in your crunchy muesli (dried or fresh), add it just before eating.