Healthy Start – Granola Mix

More than 6 months ago, I bought Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals Cookbook and despite the fact that the meals should only take 15 minutes to prepare, they are Jamie Oliver (JO) minutes and at the moment, Amy minutes = 10 x JO minutes or there abouts haha.

Anyhow, enter annual leave and it doesn’t matter how long a task takes so I thought I’d give his homemade granola a go after falling in love with the granola at Henry and the Fox (go try it – divine!).

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Guest Post #1: Banana and Muesli Loaf

My bags are packed, the camera is charged, passport is safely tucked away, I’m up to date with all my photo uploads… all my affairs are in order so now, it’s time to finally get started with these guest posts! :D

First up, I’d like to introduce you to the lovely Sophie Wang of Edible Posts!

It’s a bit of a funny story of how I met Sophie in person for the first time.  It was after 5pm on a Friday night (or maybe it was a Wednesday…?) and I was taking the lift down from my placement when I felt a pair of eyes peer at me curiously.  I gave the person a sideway glance and honestly couldn’t recognise her so I looked away and then willed the lift to hurry and get to the ground floor so that I could be released from her stare…

However, when the doors opened and I began to walk away with a sigh of relief, I heard a voice say, “Amy!”  There was no escape! (lol, I know this is probably more dramatised than reality but go along with me, ok?)

I turned around and gave her a sheepish grin… she introduced herself, saying that we had a mutual friend in MostStrange and said she recognised me from my Facebook profile photo that had come up on comments etc.  The world is too small!  I’d been working in the same building as her for the past year and had never bumped into her… anyway, since then we’ve had a proper lunch date and exchanged food and it’s been grand :).  Enough talk from me, over to Sophie!

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Hi all! It’s Sophie here, usually blogging away on EdiblePosts.com about restaurants, recipes and food in general, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to contribute to A Melbourne Girl at Heart!

This is my first time doing a guest post, and I’m excited to be sharing this slightly-odd creation with you all, thanks to the delightful Amy. She’s always so happy and it’s hard to read her blog without a smile on your face. (Nawwww, thanks dear!)  I want to carry along that message, so here’s my attempt at a make-you-happy post. Her brief was ‘something food related’, so seeing as I spend what seems like half my time eating/reading/dreaming about food, then surely I could come up with something.

A spur-of-the-moment urge to bake with only limited resources available, led me to this cake-bread hybrid which I’ll just call a loaf as a compromise. The recipe is simple and fast and easily adaptable. There’s a random assortment of ingredients in here based on what I found ransacking the pantry (Michael decided to pitch in too) but as long as the proportion of wet-and-dry ingredients are right, you could pretty much substitute in anything you want. It’s pretty healthy if you follow my recipe, but be warned that this isn’t a sweet cake. Of course, you can add more sugar (or even fruit) to make it sweeter, but I liked it just the way it was.

Essentially what you need for a loaf are 2 bananas, 2 cups of dry ingredients, 1 cup of liquid, one egg, a little bit of oil and then flavours and the usual leavening agents. Then it’s just as simple as mixing together the dry ingredients, mixing together the wet ingredients, then mixing the dry and wet mixtures together and adding whatever extras you feel like.

Loaf Batter

55-60 minutes in the oven at 160°C works its magic, and you’re left with a beautiful, healthy, happiness-inducing loaf that’s perfect with some jam spread over the top.

Banana and Muesli Loaf

Banana and Muesli Loaf

Makes 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup muesli
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup goji berries

Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line an 8×4-inch loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. Whisk together muesli, coconut, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and sugar, then add in milk, oil and vanilla. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Stir in mashed bananas and goji berries.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.
  6. Remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Voila!

Thanks for sharing such a lovely and healthy recipe, Soph!  I love anything with banana so I’ll love to give this a go once I’m back in the kitchen :).  Please check out Edible Posts for more delicious recipes, lots of interesting product and restaurant reviews and give Soph some blog love ^^.

Stay tuned for the next guest post coming out next week!  In the meantime, next up is a photography post :).

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

♥ Ames

P.S. I won’t have ready access to a laptop in the next two weeks so I do apologies if I’m less active than I would prefer coming back from a hiatus!  *mwah*