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Jun 16, 2015

Muesli Rolls | the Babes Get Healthy... and I'm a Babe!

These muesli rolls are full of lots of good things, such as oats, walnuts, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit. But the best thing is....

....I'm baking these rolls as a Babe. "What does that mean?" you ask. That means I'm a member of a very cool group of women who (virtually) get together every month and bake bread. For a while I've been baking along with the Babes as a Buddy, but this month, it's official! I am baking as a Babe!

This month Karen of Bake My Day is the Kitchen of the Month, and she chose these wonderful rolls from the book, Bread by Dean Brettschneider.

These rolls are fabulous fresh from the oven and slathered in butter. They are also amazing as sandwich rolls, filled with turkey or chicken salad. I also toasted them with white cheddar. Seriously tasty. They are wonderful for breakfast.... sort of like cereal packaged in a little portable bun!

They also freeze really well.

While the rolls are loaded with lots of ingredients that you might think would make them heavy and dense, they are surprisingly light and fluffy! Make them!

Muesli Rolls



450 grams (2 3/4 cups) bread flour
50 grams (1/3 cup) whole wheat flour
40 grams (1/2 cup) rolled oats
8 grams (2 3/4 tsp) instant yeast
10 grams (2 tsp) salt
30 grams (1 1/2 T) molasses
20 grams (1 T) honey
20 ml (4 tsp) olive oil
370 ml (1 1/2 cups) water


40 grams (scant 1/2 cup) walnut pieces, chopped
30 grams (3 T) flaxseeds
20 grams (2 1/4 T) sesame seeds (I used toasted)
80 grams (1/2 C) sunflower seeds
80 grams (2/3 C) pumpkin seeds (I used roasted, salted pepitas)
40 grams (1/4 C) dried apricots, cut into pieces
80 grams (1/2 C) mini chocolate chips, optional (I did not add the chocolate)

Spray oil
100 grams (1 cup) rolled oats to decorate


  1. Add the dough ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and stir them together to moisten the dry ingredients. 
  2. Mix with the spiral attachment for about 10 minutes, adding flour or water to adjust for the stickiness of the dough. I left my dough fairly sticky. 
  3. Add the muesli ingredients, and knead for about 2 minutes, until evenly distributed. 
  4. When the dough is smooth, scrape it into an oiled bowl or dough rising bucket. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled, about 90 minutes. Press the dough down and fold it over itself. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes more. 
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, sprinkle lightly with flour, and press it into a rectangle, about 3/4 inch thick. 
  6. Cut it into 15 equal pieces. You can either keep the pieces as is, or form them into rounds. 
  7. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and spray the paper with spray oil. 
  8. Place the rolls on the parchment, evenly distributed. Spray the tops with spray oil. Sprinkle the rolls generously with the rolled oats and press them in with your fingers to flatten the rolls. 
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 45 minutes. 
  10. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. If you have a stone, place it on the center rack. Place a broiler pan on the lower rack. 
  11. Bring one cup of water to a boil. When the rolls are ready, remove the plastic wrap and mist the tops of the rolls with water.
  12. Place the baking sheet on the center rack (on the stone if you have one, otherwise on the rack), and pour the boiling water into the broiler pan (cover your oven window while doing this), and then close the oven door. 
  13. Bake for 25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. 
  14. Cool on a wire rack. 

Would you like to be a Bread Baking Buddy?

Just make the rolls, then email your link (or email your photo and a bit about your experience if you don't have a blog) to BOTH bakemyday (at) gmail (dot) com AND to notitievanlien(at)gmail (dot) com add subject BBBuddy.

Submissions are due by July 1st. Once you've posted, you'll receive a Buddy badge for baking along, then watch for a roundup of all of the BBBuddies posts a few days after the close of submissions.

The Bread Baking Babes are:
Bake My Day - Karen
blog from OUR kitchen - Elizabeth
Bread Experience - Cathy
Feeding my Enthusiasms - Pat/Elle
girlichef - Heather
My Kitchen In Half Cups - Tanna
Notitie Van Lien - Lien
Thyme for Cooking - Katie (Bitchin’ Bread Baking Babe Bibliothécaire)
Karen’s Kitchen Stories – Karen (me!)
Judy’s Gross Eats – Judy
My Diverse Kitchen - Aparna
Life's a Feast - Jamie
Lucullian Delights - Ilva

Would you like to comment?

  1. Great to have you baking with us as a Babe now.
    Your rolls do look wonderfully light. We thought they made wonderful little tuna salad sandwiches! Cereal in a bun ... great picture.

  2. Wonderful rolls, wow those orange apricot pieces just pop out! (have to do that too next time)
    Very welcome to our little group Karen, Great to see your enthousiasm, I guess you couldn't hold it in anymore. (your post was one day early).

    1. Thanks Lien. Yeah, I saw that Karen's post was up, and I had to do posts on the same day =)

  3. Okay. How did you manage to get "light and fluffy"? Somehow, I don't think it's beginner's luck....

    Your Muesli rolls look fabulous!

    I'm so glad you have joined us, Karen.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I used a lot more water. I've learned to embrace sticky dough =)

  4. Mmmm...toasted w/ white cheddar sounds fantastic! Your rolls turned out beautifully - welcome to the Babedom! ;)

  5. Beautiful rolls. Glad we were able to become Babes together!

  6. love these - definitely on my must try list

  7. Yours do look light and fluffy! What a variety this month.... Welcome to the Babes

  8. Congratulations becoming a Babe!!! Your rolls r fabulous :)

  9. Welcome Babe! Your rolls look fabulous and fluffy! Lovely photos as well.

    1. I love your red contrast against the rolls in your gorgeous photos!

  10. Hi fellow Babe! Great to be baking with you as a member of the group. I love your rolls with the tight crumb that seems to be normal for these beauties. Your top photo looks like the perfect still life.

  11. Hey Babe! :D
    Welcome to this group of lovely ladies who bake some awesome bread. Your Muesli rolls look perfect. I had mine with cheese and coffee.

  12. Such nice looking golden buns, and a great fluffy interior! Great first bake Babe!


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