cocoa cherry muesli photo by vsimon
Need some more gluten free gift ideas from your kitchen?
This is a treat, some will say, an extravagant gift. Certified gluten free oats, dried cherries, and almonds are not inexpensive ingredients. But they are healthy, delicious, and combine to make an easy gift. Worthy of a splurge.
What is the difference between muesli and granola?
Both are a combination of grains, usually oatmeal, fruit, and nuts. Very few are made with certified gluten free oats, be sure to check the label.
Most granola for sale has lots, really lots, of oil and sweeteners added. These help to make crunchy clusters, but also add many calories.
Muesli simply means “mixture” in German. Our take on breakfast muesli is less sweet than granola and has no added oils.
Your giftee can add their choice of milk in the morning, and watch it magically turn into chocolate milk.
Or they can add it at night and keep it all in the fridge, ready to pull out and enjoy in the morning. This soaked version will be softer, since the oatmeal and cherries absorb the liquid overnight.
Muesli can be served warm too. Simply add liquid and microwave like plain oatmeal.
Cocoa Cherry Muesli
|makes 8-9 cups||metric measures|
|6 cups certified gluten free oatmeal||550 gm|
|1 1/2 cups toasted whole almonds||225 gm|
|1/2 cup dark brown sugar||100 gm|
|1/2 cup pure cocoa powder, not cocoa drink mix||45 gm|
|1 1/2 cup dried cherries||225 gm|
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Put oatmeal on an 18×12 inch rimmed baking sheet. Or two smaller ones.
Toast oatmeal for about 10 minutes. Stir and bake about 10 minutes more. You may not need to bake this long if using two baking sheets.
Transfer toasted oatmeal to a cool baking sheet, or a large bowl.
Add the almonds, dark brown sugar, and cocoa powder. Stir to thoroughly combine.
Add cherries and stir just a turn or two. Additional stirring will cause the cherries to pick up brown cocoa coats. This is not bad, but they are prettier unadorned.
When the muesli is completely cool, package in holiday tins. Just add a bow, and give with a smile.
What flavors do you like in muesli or granola?