Thermomix muesli muffins

Thermomix muesli muffinsAll the taste and goodness of muesli in convenient muffin-form!

Eating breakfast on-the-go is part of my work day routine and I managed to make a huge mess with my cup of oats and milk the other day! Time for something a little more practical… Don’t worry, these aren’t loaded with sugar either – just a bit of honey and the sweetness from the fruit is all we need.

Ingredients

  • 220g rolled oats
  • 125g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 25g linseeds
  • 80g sultanas or raisins
  • 80g natural yoghurt
  • 55g oil such as olive, rice bran or macadamia
  • 80g honey
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 apples

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven at 170 degrees (fan-forced).
  2. Core 1 apple and quarter. Place into Thermie bowl and chop 5sec/speed5. Set aside.
  3. Place linseeds into a clean, dry bowl and mill 10sec/speed9. Scrape sides of bowl and repeat.
  4. Add oats, sultanas/raisins, yoghurt, oil, honey, baking powder, cinnamon and eggs. Mix on reverse, 10sec/sp 3.
  5. Leave to soak for 10 minutes in bowl to allow oats to soften.
  6. Add grated apple and spelt flour to mix and mix 10 sec/interval (kneading) speed.
  7. Spoon into muffin tin with lined muffin cups.
  8. Sprinkle with oats, place into oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Cut remaining apple into thin slices and place a slice of apple on top of each muffin.
  10. Bake for another 20 minutes or until muffin is cooked through.
  11. Remove from oven.
  12. Lightly brush the apple on top with a little bit of honey.

Variation

For gluten-free, substitute the oats for rolled quinoa and the spelt flour for almond meal.

Enjoy!

Inspired by The Healthy Chef – Teresa Cutter

Strawberry breakfast smoothie

Thermomix Strawberry SmoothieThere’s nothing artificial in this little baby. Sweet strawberries, banana, oats, milk and the goodness of flax meal and chia seeds to get your day off to a great start.

Ingredients:

  • 300g of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana (if you don’t have either fruit in frozen form, add a bit of ice to the mix)
  • 230g of water
  • 230g of milk (I used cashew milk)
  • 40g of oats
  • Teaspoon of flax meal
  • Teaspoon of coconut nectar or honey (optional)
  • Teaspoon of chia seeds to sprinkle on top

Method:

  • Throw everything into the Thermie bowl (except chia seeds).
  • Blend 1 min/speed 9.
  • Sprinkle chia seeds on top.

My 1 year old drank his portion and was fighting me for mine!

Homemade yoghurt

Thermomix YoghurtIf you go through a lot of yoghurt, then this has to be one of the surefire ways to save some coin with your Thermomix… make your own!

All you need is milk and a couple of tablespoons of some good quality yoghurt to get your culture started.

I made mine via the recipe found on Simone’s Thermomix Essentials website, which originated from ThermoFun:

Ingredients:
1 litre lite OR Full cream milk
50g Milk powder  (not essential – refer to Q&A on page 3 of this doc)
3 tbsp pot set Natural Yoghurt (this is your ‘starter’ – use a reputable brand of natural Greek Yoghurt for your first batch) eg: Jalna, Mundella, Farmers Union, Chris’s, Aldi/Woolies/Coles Greek yoghurt.

Method:
Pour milk and powdered milk into TM bowl and blend for 10 seconds on speed 7.

Cook for 30 minutes at 90 degrees on speed THREE (if cooked on speed 1 you will get a burnt film of milk on the bottom of your bowl – which does comes off quite easily after soaking using the Thermomix spatula) – however if cooked on speed 3 there is nothing left on the bottom!

Then place TM bowl into fridge for approx 40 mins to drop the temp down to 37 degrees. (put a timer on so you don’t forget!)
Or somewhere cool but it will take a lot longer to cool down.

NB: this is also a great time to have a second TM bowl when the other is in the fridge with yoghurt cooling!… just saying!

When the 40 minutes is up – turn your Thermomix back on – place TM bowl on to unit and the temperature light should light up on the 37 or 50 degrees.  If it lights up on 50 degrees or higher – put bowl back in fridge for another 15 or so minutes.  Then take out and test again.

The 37 degree temp is crucial for the yoghurt to be a success.  You need to wait for the 37 light to go OUT so you know it is no hotter than 37.  The bowl will be warm to your hands, but not hot, as 37 is normal body temperature.  If you accidentally forget it in the fridge and it gets way below 37 – don’t worry just put it back on to heat up again for say 5 mins, 37 degrees speed 3.  Once you see the light come on at 37 degrees you can then stop it.  (I say 5 minutes (number just picked out of my head) as you need to have a time set in order for the temperature to work).  (Remember the rule of TIME, TEMPERATURE, SPEED).

Once at 37degrees add the 3 tbsp pot set natural yoghurt and mix for 4 seconds on speed 4.

Cook for 10 minutes at 37 degrees on speed THREE – (if cooked on speed 1 you will get a burnt film of milk on the bottom of your bowl).

At this time pre warm your Thermoserver with boiling water from the kettle.

When the 10 minutes of cooking is finished – drain your water filled Thermoserver – then pour the cooked milk from the TM bowl into your pre-warmed Thermoserver.

I then wrap my Thermoserver in a thick towel or blanket (baby blankets are great) to keep warm for a minimum of 6 hours (leave it somewhere in the house where it will be left undisturbed) – it can actually be left up to 24 hours!  (The longer you leave it the thicker it gets).

After the minimum of 6 hours I then take the lid off the Thermoserver and Voila I have yoghurt!  I can honestly say it still NEVER ceases to amaze me the chemical reaction of what cooking milk and leaving it does – it still does my head in every single time!  Amazing!

I then pour the yoghurt into a Tupperware container and also reserving 3 tablespoons into a smaller container to keep to use as my starter for my next batch.

Trust me – Your yoghurt WILL get thicker and creamier the more frequently you make it using your own starter from each batch.

I really do hope this helps those of you that have had trouble – to give it another go or if you have never made it….. once you have success you will never need to buy it ever again!

My yoghurt (pictured) has a layer of cream on top as I used unhomogenised milk bought from the farmers markets. Delish! I’m yet to make a fruit coulis to go with it. I’ve just eaten it either natural, with honey, or with a bit of the Quirky 8-minute strawberry jam mixed through.

Green smoothies

Green smoothie ingredientsGreen smoothies are a super easy way to get some greens into me and my little boy (with a helping hand from my Thermie!)

One of my favourite combinations at the moment is:

Berry creamy choc delight

  • Bunch of kale (stems removed)
  • Handful of lettuce leaves
  • 2 handfuls of frozen berries (e.g. blueberries or mixed berries – I buy the Omaha ones from Woolworths, or Frozberries from health shops)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
  • Cup of coconut water (or more water if you like it thinner)

Blend on speed 9 for about a minute. Pour into glass and sprinkle with chia seeds. Creamy, chocolatey, berry goodness! So filling too.

Simply green smoothie

This is a really basic recipe but it’s very tasty! You could also use it as a base for experimentation.

  • Bunch of kale (stems removed) or spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 1 banana
  • 400-800ml of water

Blend on speed 9 for about a minute. Pour into glass and enjoy!

I will add more recipes as I get to them 🙂