Date and Nut Muesli/ Granola

Whether you say muesli or granola, this is sure to be one recipe you’re going to love. This date and nut muesli is amazing. I know muesli is readily available in supermarkets these days, and in a multitude of flavours too, but trust me you want to make this muesli, it is unbelievably delicious and addictive.

I should tell you that this muesli will last you 8 weeks in an airtight jar in your pantry but in reality, it won’t make it that far. You see the thing is that this muesli tastes good with milk, it tastes good with yoghurt but in all likelihood, you’re going to eat it straight out of the jar. So yes, this will last 8 weeks, but I can’t guarantee it won’t be finished before then.





This recipe is based on one I found on Serious Eats and it is one of the best recipes I’ve tried. It yields crispy, crunchy, sweet, buttery clusters, so it’s easy to see why you would just eat it on its own. It may not be the healthiest¬†muesli, but it definitely tops the list for the tastiest.

Buttermilk and butter are left to soak into the oats and I think it’s this step that creates the delicious clusters. Sugar is added and left to dissolve, then it’s all baked for a few hours until golden and crunchy. Once completed you can add any toppings you like, for this version I added dates and a combination of almond and pecan nuts. I am so glad I decided on the pecans, they work amazingly well in this and go perfectly with the dates.

I filled the muesli into jars and gifted them to close family for Eid. It was a well-received gift and I had requests for more just 2 weeks later (see I told you it would never last 8 weeks).

Date and Nut Granola
 

Ingredients
  • 7 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 200g butter
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup almonds chopped
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1½ cup pitted and chopped dates

Instructions
  1. Place your oats and chia seeds into a large bowl.
  2. Place the butter into a microwave bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time until melted.
  3. Pour the butter and buttermilk into the oat and chia bowl.
  4. Give the mixture a good stir.
  5. Let soal for 20-30minutes.
  6. Once soaked, add in sugar and give it a good mix.
  7. Leave the mixture for 30 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve.
  8. Once 15-20 minutes have passed, line 2 baking trays/sheets with baking paper and preheat your oven to 150c.
  9. Split the oat mixture into 2 trays and place in the heated oven.
  10. Check the muesli every 30 minutes.
  11. When checking the muesli, remove from the oven.
  12. With 2 forks gently move the muesli around so it cooks evenly.
  13. The muesli will be done after about 2 hours or when all the clusters are golden and crunchy.
  14. Once the muesli has been removed from the oven, put your pecans and almonds in an oven tray and place them in the oven at 180c.
  15. Bake the nuts for about 10 minutes or until starting to go golden.
  16. Mix the toasted nuts and dates into the muesli. Give it all a good mix and leave to cool.
  17. Once cool place in airtight jars or containers.

Notes
Recipe adapted from Serious Eats – https://www.seriouseats.com/2017/06/how-to-make-crispy-homemade-granola.html

 





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