I'm more a cereal than toast for breakfast kind of gal. I've been happily eating store bought cereal for years. My current favourite is lovely, but only available now at one supermarket in town that I don't normally go to. A few days ago, Hannah disrupted this state of zen with her Spiced Fig, Pepita and Molassess Granola. Since then I've been plotting when to make it and thinking about how I would adapt it. Not that her recipe doesn't sound fab. It does. I just want to make it more low GI. Whilst she is young enough to chase the tall dark and handsome granolas of her dreams, I'm more after a midlle-aged quiet, low GI soul muesli. After all if you're going to go to the trouble of making your own muesli, you may as well tweak it and make it just like you want it.
Glorious Sunday Morning Low GI Maple Apple Muesli
- 2 2/3 cups (240g) rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup (120g) pepitas
- 2 1/2 tblsp (50mL) Logicane Low GI sugar
- 2 tsp (10mL) maple sugar
- 3 tblsp (60mL) maple syrup
- 1 tblsp (20mL) sesame oil
- 1 tblsp (20mL) canola oil
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 2/3 cup (140g) dried apples, chopped
- Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F). Mix oats and pepitas in a bowl.
- In a separate, larger bowl, whisk together the sugar, molasses, sesame oil, spices, and almond extract. Tip the oats and pepitas into the wet ingredients and stir well to combine.
- Spread the mix onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, take out and stir to avoid its edges burning.
- Add the chopped apples and stir through, then put muesli back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes, until starting to look toasted. Remember, the muesli will crisp up as it cools.
- Eat multiple handfuls from the baking tray as the muesli cools.
I have some fabulous Canadian maple syrup (low GI 54!) in the fridge, and a packet of maple sugar that a lovely friend sent me from Canada. So I had to make use of those. I don't know the gi of the maple sugar, so only replaced some of the low Gi sugar with it. The GI of molasses is unknown but predicted to be about the same as sugar (which is only a moderate 60). Figs are medium GI, whilst dried apples are an astonishing low GI treat with a GI of 29.
I was chicken and didn't want to double the sesame oil from the original, so I used half sesame oil, half canola. It's the right balance for me.
The whole house fills with a delicious spicy aroma with this in the oven
It is delicious- particularly at step 5.
I'm looking forward to gobbling this batch up so I can make another and use a special spice mix I've got burning a hole in my pantry.