Muesli Bread Recipe

Muesli loaf

  • serves 12
  • Easy

This recipe for muesli loaf makes a dense, nutty loaf a little like soda bread. Packed with oats, coconut, nuts and fruit, we think it's great for breakfast.

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Ingredients

  • whole milk 150ml, plus a splash for glazing
  • honey 4 tbsp
  • dried active yeast 1 tbsp
  • spelt flour 450g
  • rolled porridge oats 50g, plus a little extra 
  • dessicated coconut 50g, plus a little extra
  • oat bran 50g
  • bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp
  • ground cinnamon 2 tsp
  • salt 1½ tsp
  • dried apricots 75g, chopped
  • dates 75g, chopped
  • sultanas 50g
  • dried cranberries 50g
  • mixed nuts 100g, pecans and almonds)
  • sunflower seeds 25g, plus a little extra

Method

  • Step 1

    Warm the milk and honey in a small pan (or in the microwave) to hand-hot, then stir in the yeast and wait for it to bubble and froth.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, mix the flour, oats, desiccated coconut, bran, bicarb, cinnamon and salt in your biggest mixing bowl. Tip in the yeasty milk mixture plus 200ml of hand-hot water and mix everything together to a sticky dough. Cover the bowl with lightly oiled clingfilm and leave the dough to rise at room temperature for 2 hours (or overnight in the fridge).

  • Step 3

    Tip the dried fruit, nuts and seeds into the bowl with the dough and knead in until evenly distributed. On your worksurface, use a little flour to help you shape the bread into an oval loaf. Carefully lift onto a baking sheet dusted with a little more bran or flour. Cover lightly with oiled clingfilm again, and leave to double in size. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5.

  • Step 4

    Glaze the loaf with a splash more milk and scatter with some extra porridge oats, coconut and sunflower seeds. Use a floured knife to slash the top a few times (it helps the loaf to cook evenly) and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden, well risen, and the loaf sounds hollow when you tap its base. Glaze the loaf with a splash more milk and scatter with some extra porridge oats, coconut and sunflower seeds. Use a floured knife to slash the top a few times (it helps the loaf to cook evenly) and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden, well risen, and the loaf sounds hollow when you tap its base.

  • Step 5

    Cool on a wire rack before eating on the day with butter and marmalade or jam, or toasted over the following week.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 345
  • Fat 10.5g
  • Saturates 3.3g
  • Carbs 48.8g
  • Fibre 5.6g
  • Protein 10.9g
  • Salt 1.2g
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