Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Frolicks-In the Kitchen

Toasted Museli

One of the many things guests love about staying at Haven Homestay is the toasted museli for breakfast. As so many happy people leave with a copy of the recipe, I thought I would do a short blog on how its put together.

As my family can testify I am not much of a photographer, so I do hope the following pictures make some sort of sense.

The main ingredient!

Wholegrain oats are the main ingredient, which are pretty easy to come by, just don't use normal rolled oats because the finished product will be like sawdust!


The museli is made in the microwave so its important to use a flat, wide dish so the mixture cooks evenly. I use a flan dish. Add to the oats the wheatgerm, oatbran, chopped nuts and coconut and mix up thoroughly.

The next step is to heat till bubbling the oil, sugar, vanilla, honey, salt and cinnamon, about 1 minute or so in the microwave, I use a pyrex jug because it gets pretty hot so be careful!

Add the hot mixture to the dry mixture and stir thoroughly, this takes a bit of work, especially if you are a bit impatient - I usually end up with a mess on the bench. Never mind, just be thorough!

Now you bung it in the microwave for 4 minutes on high - then give it a good stir - put it back in for another 2 minutes - give it another good stir and break up any lumps - at this stage it should be starting to smell AMAZING! Give it another minute and it should be a nice golden colour.

As much as you will want to eat it at this stage, please leave it to go cold. When its cold break up any lumps that may have formed and add a handful of chopped dried fruit, whatever you have, I use cranberries, sultanas and apricots.

So there you go Haven Homestay's famous museli..........a list of the ingredients follows! I do hope it makes sense if not you can always ask a question in the comments. Mmmmmmmm - now I am quite hungry - pity its not breakfast time.......


1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 flavourless oil 
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups wholegrain oats
1/2 cup oatbran
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup wheatgerm
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup dried fruit

Mix the first six ingredients together in a pyrex jug and microwave for about a minute till it bubbles. Add to the combined dry ingredients and microwave on high for 4 minutes-stir-microwave for another 2 minutes-stir-microwave for another minute, then leave to cool. Add dried fruit if you wish and store in airtight container.

Adapted from Alison Holst Museli recipe


  1. I am so glad to see you continuing on the Ashurst family tradition of things cooked in the microwave...keeping the legacy going! xx

  2. Where would we be without the microwave!