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Homemade Instant Porridge/Muesli Packets


Makes 13 ½ cups

This lovely muesli can be served hot or cold. Served cold, it’s crunch, crunch, crunchy. Served warm, it creamy and comforting. Either way, it’s tasty, healthy and delicious.

Per serve: 972.7kj (231.6cals); 8.8g total fat (1.4g saturated fat)


You’ll need

2 cups traditional oats
3 cups quick oats
3 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
½ cup chopped toasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamias)
½ cup pepitas
7g (1 tbsp) finely grated orange zest (from ½ large orange)
130mls orange juice (from 1 large orange)

Let’s go

Heat oven to 200°c and line one large or 2 smaller oven trays with baking paper.

Mix all ingredients together and pour out onto oven tray/s. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every now and then to ensure even browning.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before placing 45g quantities (1/2 cup) into individual bags for easy use.

To eat cold, just add ½ cup of low fat or no fat milk. To eat warm, place in a microwave safe bowl, add ½ cup low fat or no fat milk and microwave on high for about 80 seconds. Keep an eye on it when it’s in the microwave as sometimes it can overflow – depends on the bowl you use so it would seem.

Why it’s good for you
I’ve used a combination of traditional and quick oats to maintain a lower GI – the traditional oats are bigger and take longer for your body to process, lowering the GI. But if you’ve only got quick oats, feel free to use 5 cups of quick. If you use all traditional oats, you may need to cook it for a little longer and add more liquid when you cook it.
Per serve without milk: 972.7kj (231.6cals); 8.8g total fat (1.4g saturated fat); 4.8g fibre
Per serve with no fat milk: 1165.9kj (277.6cals); 8.9g total fat (1.5g saturated fat); 4.8g fibre


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