I’m sharing this recipe because the book is no longer in print and in no way shape or form am I trying to pass this off as my own. I love this book, it’s up there with the Moosewood cookbooks, it’s just so gutsy and organic, real and nutritious. Baking is my passion and I know it’s not good for me…but other than the fairly consistent baking treat I very rarely eat anything I haven’t prepared myself and mostly eat wholesome nutritious foods.

The Atomic Cafe cookbook was ahead of it’s time and is a masterpiece as far as I’m concerned. If you are interested in the book I’d try to find a copy on Trademe or Fishpond.

The muesli in the above photo doesn’t have fruit in it, the original recipe does. I usually put the fruit in, my daughter doesn’t like it so I left it out…now my husband has the pip because the fruit isn’t in it and is refusing to eat it….seriously folks…tumeke, tumeke!!!!!

I would follow the recipe exactly as I think it’s perfect. It makes a massive batch so you’ll need a big roasting dish for toasting it.

This is soooo moorish, you will have to stop yourself snacking on it.

Atomic Toasted Muesli
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups whole hulled oats
  • 1½ cups bran
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup pumpkin kernels
  • 1 cup raw peanuts
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup cashew nuts
  • ½ cup sunflower or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup prunes, diced
  • ½ cup apricots, sliced
  • ½ cup dates or figs, sliced
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C. In a large dish, combine all the ingredients listed before the oil, e.g. nuts, oats etc. Stir and mix with your hands to combine well.
  2. In a saucepan, over a medium heat, mix together the oil and honey until melted and combined. Stir in the vanilla and pour evenly over the nut and grain mixture. Stir through with a wooden spoon and when slightly cooler, mix together with your hands to ensure all the oats and grains are well coated with the honey mix.
  3. Toast the muesli in the oven, taking it out to mix it every few minutes. It can burn easily so keep an eye on it. This whole process takes about 20 minutes. The muesli should be golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven and stir in the dried fruit, while the muesli is still hot. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
You can put any mixture of fruit in, think of it as 2 cups of your favourite dried fruit.