A couple of weeks ago we promised to bring you a series of lockdown recipes to help you feed your family. So, this week, we’re welcoming back our Guest Blogger, Maddy Bellcroft. Maddy has a recipe to help you and your family start the day right – Golden Toasted Homemade Muesli; take it away Maddy…
Would you like a breakfast option that is free from refined sugars and full of goodness? Look no further than this Golden Toasted Homemade Muesli recipe. Featuring the humble oat, this muesli is not only cost-effective but also easy to make in bulk to feed the whole family. The sweetness comes from dates which are high in fibre and contain a range of antioxidants and minerals.
It is a great recipe to get your kids involved in making; you can change the flavours by using different spices and adding dried fruit after the muesli has cooled. Some other combos to try are cacao powder and cranberry or apricot and cinnamon.
Golden Toasted Homemade Muesli
- 1 C dates, pitted
- 4 C rolled oats
- 2 C shredded coconut
- 2 C seeds (mix of pumpkin, sunflower and chia)
- 1.5 tsp ground ginger
- Pinch salt
- 1 C nuts (optional, choose your favourite)
- Preheat oven to 170C and lightly oil two large oven trays (make sure they have sides).
- Place dates in a small bowl and cover with 1 cup of boiling water, set aside to soak for 10 mins.
- In a large bowl place oats, coconut, seeds, ginger and salt and mix to combine.
- Once dates have soaked, drain off half the liquid and then transfer dates and remaining liquid to food processor or blender. Blend to a smooth, thick paste, adding a little extra water if needed to get it turning over.
- Pour date paste into oats and use your hands to spread the date paste evenly through the mixture.
- Spread muesli between the two trays, you want it to be a thin layer, so it cooks evenly. Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, turning mixture every 5 minutes until golden and completely dry. When the muesli is almost done (about 3 minutes left of cook time) add the nuts. Be careful as it can go from golden to burnt very quickly, and if the muesli is not completely dry, it can go off in your pantry.
- Once golden remove from oven and allow it to cool fully before transferring to an airtight container.