A while ago I visited Cofco – the Cambridge organic food company – and they very kindly gave me two bags of their prototype muesli to take home and try. Two BIG bags. That’s a lot of muesli. So I decided that I needed to come up with some way of eating it that wasn’t just a small amount in a bowl for breakfast every day for the foreseeable future.
Muesli cookies seemed to be the obvious answer. Muesli is, after all, full of the sort of stuff that would be great in a cookie – nuts, fruits, oats etc. Lovely. I decided to make them with Kipper and then take them with us to one of her many activities the next day. Thus, other people would eat at least some of them for me. Perfect.
I based these on a tried-and-tested soft oaty cookie recipe, but adjusted the proportions to account for all the stuff in muesli that isn’t oats. They were really easy to make – I think Kipper was a little disappointed with just how easy, to be honest. Once we’d weighed out the ingredients, the mixer did the hard work and then it was dollop dollop dollop and into the oven. By way of consolation though, Kipper did get to lick the beater, so it wasn’t all bad.
Once baked, the muesli cookies were allowed to cool, and then we had one each after dinner. Kipper announced that they tasted “even better” cooked than raw. So that’s a relief! Not having eaten any of the mixture, I can’t say if this is true, but I can comment on the final product, and they were yummy! The texture was surprisingly light, soft and slightly crumbly. The flavour was very tasty and the nuts and fruit worked just as I’d hoped. We took them with us next day, and after an hour spent exploring the woods they were devoured by children and adults alike! Success!
I had intended to put some spices into the mixture and I forgot, but having eaten some, I’m not convinced they needed it, hence, I’m posting the recipe as is. You are of course at liberty to experiment with seasonings.
This made around 20 cookies.
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- 100g butter or margarine
- 85g demerara sugar
- 1 egg
- 75g plain flour
- scant 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 125g muesli
- Preheat the oven to 185C. Line baking sheets with parchment.
- Cream the butter/margarine and sugar till light and fluffy. Beat in the egg.
- Add the flour, bicarb and muesli, and mix lightly till just combined.
- Place dessertspoonfuls of mixture onto the lined baking sheets. Space well apart to leave room for spreading.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly on the trays - they will be very soft when they first come out of the oven.
- Once the cookies have firmed up slightly, transfer to a cooling rack until cold.
If you live in or around Cambridge and would like to try out the Cofco box scheme (and get your hands on some of their muesli!), you can sign up here and use the offer code FFF to get a free mini sample box, with no obligation. The mini box is about half the size of a standard box and will give you a good idea of the sorts of things you’ll receive in your regular delivery. If you’re happy with the free sample box then you don’t need to do anything – Cofco will start delivering their Original Vegetable box each week. If you don’t want to continue as a member of the organic box scheme, just let them know and you won’t get any paid-for deliveries.
I’m entering these muesli cookies into January’s Treat Petite challenge, organised by The Baking Explorer and Cakeyboi (who is also hosting this month), which is on the theme of healthy treats – after all, what could be healthier than muesli?!
I’m also putting them forward for this month’s Family Foodies, organised by Eat Your Veg and Bangers & Mash, which is looking for “healthier child-friendly recipes”. These muesli cookies are certainly child-friendly 😀
Tea Time Treats, hosted by Janie at Hedgecombers and Karen at Lavender and Lovage, is looking for things that go in packed lunches, which is what these cookies would have done if Kipper’s school didn’t have such a strict ‘no nuts’ policy.
And the Biscuit Barrel challenge, hosted by The Lass In the Apron (and co-organised by I’d Much Rather Bake Than…) is after ‘innovations and discoveries’. I’ve never put muesli in a cookie before, so I think that counts as an innovation…
Last but not least, Flashback Friday at My Three and Me.