Monday, 17 February 2014

Nutty Muesli

Every time I go to the supermarket I get almost tempted to buy those big gorgeous bags of gourmet muesli that you see, but then I look at the price tag (some of them are as much as $18!) and it goes straight back on the shelf! Hubby came with me the other day and was also tempted, but I assured him I could make something very similar for I'm sure much less. I have no idea how much this cost to make, but I'm sure it's less than $18! Plus, the brands that I saw all had sugar added, and this one only has 1 tbsp honey which is totally optional (as well as the dried fruit which gives loads of sweetness).

This is a really versatile little jar to have in the cupboard. My girls love a wee bowl of this when they get home from Montessori for something quick and nutritious to munch on and get them through until dinner. It is also a wonderfully filling breakfast served with some almond milk or a splash of orange juice and topped with fresh fruit and even a dollop of coconut yoghurt.

Nutty Muesli

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free

1/4 cup raw hazelnuts
1/4 cup raw cashew nuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw pecans
1/4 cup dried figs, roughly chopped
1/4 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
1/4 cup dried pears
1/4 cup dried prunes
1/2 cup coconut chips
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
juice of 1 orange
1 tbsp honey (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with baking paper
2. Take a clean tea towel and place all of the nuts (hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans) on it. Take a rolling pin or something else heavy and give the nuts a good smash - this bit's fun! give them a good wallop until the nuts are broken into rough pieces, but not pulverized.
3. Place the nuts in a large bowl. Add the chopped dried fruit, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Mix well.
4. In a small bowl, combine the almond butter, orange juice and honey. Mix well, then pour over the nut mix. Give the whole thing a good mix around until the wet mixture is evenly distributed over the dry.
5. Pour onto the baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes. You will need to keep an eye on it and give the muesli a mix when it starts to brown.

- Try to use dried fruits that don't have preservatives added. The ceres organic range is great, and there are even some options in the pick and mix bins - just be careful what you buy.
- You can use any mix of nuts and fruit that you like. This muesli is a great way to use up bits and pieces that you may have lingering in the pantry - everyone has those bags of nuts and dried fruit that only have a few left in the bottom and have been sitting in the pantry for a while! Or, this is a good chance to get the kids involved. Take them to a pick and mix wall and let them choose the fruits and nuts that they like the look of then come home and whip up a batch of muesli that they can eat as a snack.