toasted muesli

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toasted muesli is one of my favourite simple breakfasts. because it already has so much flavour packed into it, it’s perfect if you don’t have many toppings on hand, but when paired with fruits and yoghurt it is still super tasty. it’s even good to eat alone when you need a bit of a snack.

i think a lot of people call toasted muesli ‘granola’, either way is good, they’re the same thing. i just prefer ‘toasted muesli’ because i really like the word ‘toast’. i find making toasted muesli really relaxing. it’s easy and fills the whole house with the scent of toasting oats, fruit and spices.

i like making a big batch of this on the weekend with whatever i feel like at the time, usually this changes with the seasons, like in summer i’ll want something really fruity and light and when it starts to get cooler i prefer roasty flavours with warming spices. this is a batch that i made this weekend when i was feeling a little bit fancy. i used orange blossom water which is really fragrant and warming and dried cranberries for some colour and tanginess and dried figs, just because i love them. orange blossom water is a moroccan scented water that is traditionally found in middle eastern desserts and has a beautiful floral scent and flavour that i wanted to try and get through in this toasted muesli and it paired really well with the woody spiciness of the cinnamon.

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this particular batch is more of a dry toasted muesli, however if you want more clusters you can try adding more maple syrup and coconut oil to coat the dry ingredients a bit more. this got about 4 serves from it, but you can double/triple the recipe and get more if you wish. also add anything else you want, there are no rules here, any dried fruit, nuts and spices will work!

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ingredients
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almonds, chopped roughly
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/3 cup sunflower kernels
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbs orange blossom water
2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbs melted coconut oil
2/3 cup chopped dried figs
2/3 cup dried cranberries

method
preheat oven to 180*C
in a baking tray combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sesame seeds, sunflower kernels and cinnamon.
in a small bowl combine the orange blossom water, maple syrup and coconut oil. pour over the dry ingredients and mix well, so that everything is combined and coated well. smooth down, making sure it’s all even in the tray. bake for 10-12 mins.
pull out of the oven and stir. add the dried fruits and put back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. make sure to check on it every few minutes as the fruit can easily burn faster than everything else.
pull out and either eat straight away or leave to cool. eat straight or with some fun toppings!
muesli photo

love,

charlie xx

 

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