Monday, October 1, 2012

Oat and soy clusters

A delicious morning cereal with milk, or a munchy crunchy snack to eat by the handful, this smells just divine as it cooks.  Put it in the oven and watch the kids descend on the kitchen like vultures!  These clusters are crunchy soon after baking, but get chewier as they are stored.

2 1/2 cups wholemeal (wholewheat) flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tsp. bicarb. (baking) soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup maple-flavoured syrup
1 tsp. vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 180oC.  Combine all dry ingredients well.  Whisk together buttermilk, syrup and vanilla, and stir into the dry ingredients.  Mix well, breaking up lumps so that none are bigger than a hazelnut.
2. Spread mixture on two baking sheets and bake for 10. Stir to break up lumps, and bake another 10-15 min., until golden.  Cool before storing in an airtight container. 

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