Tuesday, 30 April 2013

kindness gift wk 2: homemade muesli...

Around our house we love homemade muesli, so this week I've decided to make this as my 'kindness gift' as blogged about earlier in the month.

What you need to do:

5-7 cups of oats (I mix wholegrain & rolled oats) into a shallow roasting pan
heat 2/3 cup of canola oil with 3/4 cup of Manuka honey & 2 tsp cinnamon
(very rarely do I actually use that much honey as it costs a lot! cheaper options are golden syrup, honey/maple syrup or maple syrup)
Pour the oil & honey over oats, toss thoroughly, put in oven on bake at 180-200 Celsius.
Toast for about 10mins, stirring a few times so it doesn't burn/stick to dish
When quite golden, remove and cover with the following:

1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup flaked/slivered almonds 
1/2-1 cup of unsalted roasted cashews
(or just chop some whole almonds)
other options: sesame seeds, linseed, peanuts, pecans, macadamias

put back in the oven and watch carefully, take out once coconut and almonds nicely browned.

Let cool then add your fruit:

1/2 cup medium/finely sliced apricot
1/2 cup dried apple diced
1/3 cup wheatgerm (or LSA mix)
1 cup raisins/sultanas (or a mix)
1/2 cup craisins/cranberries (optional)
(Countdown supermarket sells: Berry Mix in 400g bag that lasts me 3-4 muesli 
making batches)
Optional extras:

add more cinnamon 
vanilla extract is good too (add to the oil at start)
1 cup Allbran
1-2 cups cornflakes 
(the last two make the muesli last longer and lighten it up a bit)

could try...2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses in with oil & honey.

this is what the muesli will look like after being cooked and dried fruit added.
A batch of this muesli using 6 cups of oats last's my husband and I 2wks and that is eating generous portions of muesli.
It may seem expensive reading down the list of ingredients but you customise them to suit your budget and the more you make it the more you learn what works and what doesn't.  Also Bin Inn or bulk food places are great for picking up the basic ingredients for cheap.

This week's batch of muesli went to my lovely sister and her family, to say thanks for the HUGE 2kg tub of fresh runny honey they gave us, which I use to toast my muesli in.

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