Easy muesli cookies

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.

Super-simple, delicious muesli cookies from just 6 ingredients. Light, soft, crumbly melt-in-the-mouth cookies that are almost healthy enough for breakfast!

 

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Muesli cookies
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
70 calories
7 g
20 g
4 g
1 g
3 g
16 g
36 g
4 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
16g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70
Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
7%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 20mg
7%
Sodium 36mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
0%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g butter or margarine
  2. 85g demerara sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 75g plain flour
  5. scant 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  6. 125g muesli
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 185C. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Cream the butter/margarine and sugar till light and fluffy. Beat in the egg.
  3. Add the flour, bicarb and muesli, and mix lightly till just combined.
  4. Place dessertspoonfuls of mixture onto the lined baking sheets. Space well apart to leave room for spreading.
  5. 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.
  6. Once the cookies have firmed up slightly, transfer to a cooling rack until cold.
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70
fat
4g
protein
1g
carbs
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Muesli cookies on cooling rack

muesli cookies

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.

    

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50 Comments:

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  2. Can i use a baking powder instead of bicarbonate soda?

    • Hi Verginia. I’m not sure that the baking powder would have the same effect. The bicarbonate of soda helps the cookies to spread out in the oven, while baking powder works in a different way. However, if you try it, please come back and let me know how they turned out! Thanks, Helen x.

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  4. These look so good! I often have leftover muesli or oats so will definitely try these. The kids will love them!

  5. This a was an easy and yummy recipe 🙂 thank you.

  6. These look fab! (Enough to make me think it’s just about tea and biscuit time right now 😉 ) #flashbackfriday

  7. These look very tasty and so easy to make – definitely something I think both myself and my boys would love to try. Thank you for joining in with #FlashbackFriday x

  8. I love how easy these are and how interesting the muesli must make them. They look like a great bake.

    • Thanks Helen. Yes, they’re really very easy, and you can change the flavour by using different kinds of muesli. I keep meaning to throw a few chocolate chips in too – yummy!

  9. This is a great base to add other ingredients such as sunflower seeds, pepitas, sultanas, choc chips, walnuts, chia seeds as well as the muesli. Very yummy and wholesome….I made a batch the other day with all these ingredients and very yummy….thank you..

  10. Gosh it’s years since I made a muesli cookie. You are so right that it is full of all the best stuff to go into cookies. I love the simplicity of this recipe, will pin and bake it soon, thanks.

  11. Yummy! They look delicious, and handily sound like a cinch to make, thanks for linking up to Family Foodies

  12. What a great idea, it takes the pain away from weighing up lots of individual ingredients and they sound quite scrummy.

    • Quite right – I’m not sure I’d have been bothered to weight out all the various components of the muesli myself. I do love a good shortcut!

  13. Mmmm, yes please! They look utterly perfect to sneak in the corner of a lunch box, so thanks so much for sharing them with Tea Time Treats!
    Janie x

    • You’re right, these would be a great lunchbox addition! Unfortunately Kipper’s school is a nut free zone, so I’ll just have to scoff them all at home.

  14. I’ve made muesli cookies before but these look far better and sound like they have a yummier texture too. Thanks for sharing them with the Biscuit Barrel!

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  16. Loving the sound of these Helen! And I love your image at the top too, Thanks for taking part in Treat Petite.

    • Thanks Stuart – and thanks for hosting Treat Petite. Glad you like the picture! Very occasionally I manage to get one that I’m actually quite proud of 🙂

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  18. These look fab, don’t know why I’ve never though to use muesli in a cookie:-) Stumbled:-)

    • I only thought of it as a solution to the excess muesli problem! Necessity is the mother of invention and all that. They are delicious though 🙂

  19. Oh gawd, yes please! Jonny is in the kitchen rustling up dinner and I am STARVING! These would tide me over perfectly 🙂
    Janie x

  20. these look utterly yummy mmm I must try these … NOW

  21. Oooh these look yummy! I got sent some muesli the other day and have been trying to think of a way to use it up! 🙂

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    Muesli cookies – yes please and then some more. Fab idea. You should also try muesli bread.

  23. Such a great way incorporate muesli into cookies, I must make some of these for our new staff meeting

  24. Ooh these look delicious! Something I could easily make with the kiddies!

  25. Those look and sound fab. I’m sure I have some long forgotten muesli lurking at the back of my cereal cupboard that I could rescue to make some of these. I’m also totally with you on the ploy of taking them to an activity so other folk eat some of them!

    • Thanks! Muesli does have a tendency to lurk, doesn’t it? These are a much yummier way to use it up than just eating it with milk on!

  26. These look so good and it is a really easy looking recipe. I’ll have to try it out, thank you.

  27. Oh these look amazing – just what I need for this weeks lunch boxes!! I’m off to buy some muesli x

    • Thanks Sonia – I was going to send some to school with Kipper but they have a strict ‘no nuts’ policy. Gah. We’ll just have to scoff them at home instead 🙂

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