Homemade toasted muesli to start the day right

I do love a nutritious fulfilling breakfast to start the day and to keep me going. As I look after two young boisterous girls and work, I need all the good energy I can get! I usually buy toasted muesli or granola, but after making my own, I definitely won’t be buying it again. For a start its so easy to make, it tastes 100% better, you get to add the ingredients you like and it’s also a lot cheaper. A batch will last one to two weeks for two adults in an air tight container and would also make a lovely gift in a glass jar. Adapted from a taste.com.au recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups traditional rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup LSA (linseed, sunflower seeds and almond meal) or you can use bran cereal
  • 1/2 cup almond flakes or slivers
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried figs, chopped

Preheat your oven to180c/350f.

In a large bowl mix together your dry ingredients, except the dried fruit. In a small saucepan add the honey and orange juice and stir through on a low heat until the honey has melted. Pour the honey mix over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Line a large baking tray and spread out the muesli. Bake it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Make sure you keep watching it though, as it can burn quickly around the edges. I took the tray out every five minutes to re stir the mixture, so that the muesli was evenly toasted. Once toasted, stir through the dried fruit and let it cool completely before storing it in a container.

Serve with milk or natural yoghurt, topped with fresh or tinned fruit. A protein and fibre packed breakfast that will certainly keep you going through the day!

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