This weekend we decided we would drive up to Lake Louise and do a little hike. It wasn’t going to be a hugely long hike but it’s a long drive and I knew it would be a long day, which calls for snacks. The problem is, by the time the weekend rolls around there is very little food in the house. Luckily I had all of the ingredients I needed to make granola, which is a classically delicious snack for the road but I certainly did not have the time to bake granola, let along preheat the oven. So instead, I toasted some oats in a pan, tossed in whatever granola-worthy ingredients I had in the cupboards and we were set! I had 10 minute muesli on my hands and I knew that a whole new realm of possibilities had opened up.
The granola ended up being perfect. I poured it into a bag with a spoon and when we got up to Lake Agnes, at the top of our hike, we sat on a rock and munched away on our snack. We demolished the whole bag by the end of the day, and I was thankful to have it because it ended up being a very long stretch between when we left the house and our next proper meal. I love being out in the mountains and it was nice to spend a whole day there hiking, watching some of our friends rock climb, and search out some animals (we saw a bear! success!).
This isn’t my normal granola in texture, but it is in taste. I think this is technically muesli since all of the oats are separated and don’t stick together in clumps. They are just as toasty as when you make it in the oven though and the crunchy and chew from all of the add-ins make it a delightful snack. Of course you can personalize this however your want, but I love the chew of some dried fruit (in this case golden raisins), crunch from a nut (walnuts) and I always throw in some of my seeds because I know they are so good for me and will give everything an energy boost. I love it mixed in with some yogurt and fresh fruit, topping an acai bowl, or just on its own. It’s absolutely perfect when you are short on time, like I was, or if you just don’t want to turn on a hot oven during the summer months but you still want your granola fix.
Make sure to use gluten free oats if that is a concern for you.
In a large pan, over medium-high heat, melt the coconut oil.
Toast oats and coconut flakes until they start to brown (about 3-4 minutes).
Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring often, until everything is browned and toasty (about 5 more minutes).
10 minute muesli was last modified: June 9, 2015 by