Friday, June 28, 2013

Breakfast with Dorset



I've seen Dorset Cereals in the grocery store but have never gotten around to trying them.  So I was super excited when they sent me 7 boxes to try out!  We are always looking for healthy options for breakfast and with 2 boys who get bored quickly, something new is always good.  I was sent 6 boxes of muesli and 1 box of Honey Granola.  We were not able to try the Honey Granola as it has vanilla extract which is alcohol based.



I was sent the following muesli flavours:
  • Fruit, Nuts and Seeds Muesli (raisins, flame raisins, dates, sultanas, banana, pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
  • Cranberry, Cherry and Almond Muesli (cranberries, cherries, almonds, raisins, sultanas, sunflower seeds and flame raisins)
  • Simply Nutty Muesli (whole almonds, dates, Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds)
  • Really Nutty Muesli (cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sultanas, dates and flame raisins)
  • Simply Delicious Muesli (raisins, sultanas, sunflower seeds, dates, Brazil nuts and roasted hazelnuts)
  • Super High Fibre Muesli (flame raisins, dates, sunflower seeds, toasted coconut and chopped roasted hazelnuts)
In our family we all love crunchy cereals.  The kids were not on board with the muesli.  For me it took a little while to come around to it.  Dorset Cereals have no added sugar or salt.  These are definitely for the health food enthusiast.  They are very high quality.  I have never seen such big pieces of dry fruit in any cereal before and I've also never seen this many!  They have lots of nuts and they are excellent quality.  Have you ever had a cereal with brazil nuts, whole hazelnuts or cashews?

I tried the muesli with cold milk and I also soaked it overnight in milk but I preferred it in the two recipes below.  I used the Simply Nutty Muesli to make some baked oatmeal.  It turned out really well.  My husband found it to be too sweet due to the dates in the muesli but I really liked it.  The muesli became nice and crispy on top.


Simply Nutty Baked Oatmeal

2 large bananas, cut into 1/2 inch slices
3/4 cup blueberries, divided
1 1/2 cups Dorset Simply Nutty Muesli
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or Halal vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Lightly grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together Simply Nutty Muesli, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In another bowl, whisk together maple syrup, milk, egg, oil and vanilla bean paste/extract.

In your baking dish arrange the bananas in a single layer.  Sprinkle half the blueberries on top.  Give the oat mixture a stir and spread in an even layer on top of the fruit.  Give the egg mixture a quick whisk to make sure the vanilla bean paste hasn't settled at the bottom.  Pour the egg mixture on top of the oats.  Sprinkle the remaining blueberries.  Bake for 35 minutes or until oatmeal is set.  Let cool 10 minutes and enjoy!
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The other recipe I used the muesli in is this bread.  I used the Super High Fibre Muesli.  This turned out really well.  Make sure to store any leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge.


Muesli Bread
Adapted from Seven Spoons

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup Super High Fibre Muesli
3/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (I used 2%)
1/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup blueberries (can use up to 1 cup, I used fresh berries)

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease a loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl whisk together whole wheat flour, Super High Fibre Muesli, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, canola oil and eggs.  Add the dry ingredients in 3 batches, stirring until just combined.  Before adding the last batch of dry ingredients, toss the blueberries in the dry ingredients so they are all dusty,  Gently fold in this last batch.

Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clear.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Next I plan on using the muesli in some energy bites or granola bars.  After trying the muesli we realized we are not a muesli loving bunch but we really enjoyed it in baked goods.  If you are into muesli I would definitely recommend Dorset Cereals because of their high quality!  Thank you Dorset for the opportunity to try out the muesli!

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Disclaimer: I received 7 free boxes of Dorset to try and review.  All opinions are my own.

7 comments:

  1. G'day! I love your muesli bread, true!
    So simple, versatile and healthy too!
    Cheers! Joanne
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  2. I've never cooked/baked with muesli before, so this is so interesting to me! That bread looks like it would be awesome for breakfast (a great way to start the day, I would think)!
    Btw, the stand that the bread is on, is that a roti making stand thing? I don't know what they're called LOL!

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    1. This was my first time too! It is good for breakfast especially since there is no all-purpose flour.

      Yup...it is one of those roti making stand things (I don't know what it's called either). I found it at my parent's place when we were emptying their apartment. My mom stopped using it a long time ago so I snatched it up to use in my pictures :)

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    2. "roti making stand thing"
      LOOLLLLLL

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  3. looks lovely & delicious...mouthwatering!

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  4. I buy this brand of cereal all the time. I have been hooked on them ever since I discovered it. I love that they do not skimp on the fruit.

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  5. Really excited to try both recipes! I'll have to wait till I get to a Whole Foods to try the second as I don't have coconut sugar to hand, but the baked oatmeal is happening today (hoping it'll be a yummy addition for sehri!) Ramadan Mubarak :-)

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