Low GI muesli. I don’t like the concept of low GI, just another one of those buzz words used on packaging to get us to buy products. Sugar is sugar; try to avoid added sugar either way! I don’t add the sugar in this recipe, the natural honey is enough. It is really sweet without it. The sugar from the fruit, plus the honey is sufficient. This is a great snack when you need a sweet fix, and is totally yummy! It has been a hit with everyone I feed it to, and although I usually prepare it for the weekly snack options, it disappears from the fridge too quickly to last the week!
This is my grain-free version and below are options for a grain version or dairy-free version. All are low GI, all taste amazing.
1 cup coconut
½ cup LSA
Handful of buckwheat (I love the texture of this in the slice)
1 ½ cups of quinoa flakes
¼ cup of almond meal or flax meal
Handful of chia seeds, multi-coloured!
½ cup of sesame seeds
¼ cup of sunflower seeds
¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
¼ cup of pecans
¼ cup of macadamias
¼ cup of almonds (I love to leave them whole for the crunch factor but chop them up if you worry about your teeth!)
¼ cup of dried apricots
¼ cup of chopped dates
¼ cup of dried cranberries
¼ cup of dried peaches
¼ cup of goji berries
200grams of butter (I use organic whole fat butter)
1/2 to 1 cup of honey
You can add in a cup of low GI organic sugar but honestly it doesn’t need it
Modifications: As long as you have a variation of the butter/honey mixture to create the caramel to “glue” the slice together and something “floury” like LSA or almond meal, I then just add handfuls of any of my nuts, seeds & dried fruit until it looks like a good ratio! You can choose any of your favourite nuts, seeds & fruit. Last time I made it I didn’t have the ½ cup of LSA/almond meal/flax/wheat germ and it didn’t stick together well so we just scooped it out of the bowl with spoons and it was still divine!
½ cup of Wheat Germ instead of LSA if you can tolerate grains (wheat germ is the most vitamin- and mineral-rich part of the wheat kernel and is packed with B vitamins and fibre)
1 ½ cup of rolled oats (again if you can tolerate grains) instead of quinoa
½ cup of poppy seeds instead of sesame seeds
¼ cup of dried inca berries instead of goji berries or as a fancy addition!
200grams of tasteless coconut oil instead of the butter
Instructions: I usually roast all of the ingredients except the butter and honey but sometimes if I’m lazy I just chuck it all together without roasting.
- Chuck the coconut, LSA, almond meal (and any other alternatives you are using such as wheatgerm), seeds and seeds onto a baking tray and put under hot grill for a couple of minutes until golden brown
- Mix this with the fruit in a bowl
- Use a medium heat to melt the butter and honey together, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes when the bubbles slow down (I’ve also done this in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between)
- Stir caramel into dry mixture
- Press into slice tray very firmly (I often rub some of the cold butter into the sides of the glass slice tray to “oil it up” if I’m not feeling lazy)
- Lay a sheet of baking paper over the slice and press down firmly with something flat (I use the bottom of another tray that fits in the slice tray)
- Allow to cool and cut with a knife oiled with butter (or coconut oil)
- Store in airtight container
*I would say to eat within a week as a disclaimer, but honestly it won’t last that long!