Fiona McIntosh

My Moreish Muesli

This is a toasted muesli or crunchy granola. The lovely aspect of this recipe is that you can gunsling with it and make it suit your taste buds and preferences in terms of the nuts and the dried fruit that you include. Coconut is optional too but I think it adds a lovely toasty dimension. This breakfast is lovely naked – with just cold milk. However, you can ramp it up with Greek yoghurt and drizzle with honey, add some fresh banana anytime or when the season’s right, throw on some fresh berries. I make a batch up of this most weekends and it will last one muesli-eating son and myself at least a week of breakfasts.

Ingredients

Dried fruit – whatever’s on hand and as much as you feel like. I have made up a batch with dried apple, dried pears, dried apricots, sultanas, dates. I have also been known to put in some dried figs and some cranberries. It really doesn’t matter – just go with what you love. You may want to chop up the apples into quarters and the pears into quarters, maybe even the apricots into halves to make them easier to serve. Get them ready and leave in a separate bowl until the muesli is toasted and cooled from the oven.

200g rolled oats
160g Any nuts – I use almonds, macadamias if I have them, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans. Whatever I have in my pantry.
Shredded coconut (flakes would be great actually) – a good handful
4 x generous tablespoons of nut oil if you have it although I have been very successful with light olive oil or canola or vegetable oil. Macadamia or almond oil would be perfect.
3 x heaped tablespoons of honey. Be generous. I have also done two of maple syrup and two of honey and this is a lovely combination but you don’t need expensive maple syrup!

Method

Mix oats, nuts, coconut, oils and honey/syrup together, making sure you’ve coated every last oat in the oil and honey.

Spread it out on a tray lined with baking paper and bake on 160 fan forced 180 conventional for about 20 mins. Keep checking from 15 mins and give it all a stir regularly so it cooks evenly. You won’t need more than 20 mins tops.
Take it out and leave to cool, keeping in mind that it keeps toasting and will dry crunchy so don’t wait for it to turn crispy in the oven or you’ll have taken it too far and you’ll hate me. So be brave and take out when it is just golden.

When it’s cool add all your favourite dried fruit. I’m eating some right now. Magnificent….why buy????

Enjoy!

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