For Christmas last year I was feeling a bit ‘anti consumer’, and wanted to make some home made gifts to give to loved ones. I still bought some gifts because I’m sure my nephew would be less thrilled with muesli than he was for a ‘Mods for Minecraft’ book, but for older relatives the home made, thoughtful touch was very well received.
This recipe is easily doubled. I found that doubling the recipe was enough to fit into 2 large baking trays, and made enough for 3 large jars of about 1.5 litres each (as well as 2 small bowls that were quickly eaten up in the name of quality control!) The ingredients are very flexible – amounts don’t really matter, and if you don’t like something just leave it out , or include things you love! Next batch I’m thinking goji berries, dried cranberries, flax seed and maybe some puffed amaranth; some nuts like macadamias burn faster than others, so be careful during toasting. I think the butter could easily be swapped out for coconut oil if your loved one is vegan or just more health conscious. I bought some nice large jars, made some nifty labels up in Word, and there you go!
Home Made Muesli.
- 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
- 6 cups of quick oats
- 6 cups of processed bran
- 2 cups of wheatgerm
- 1 cup of copped pecans
- 1 cup of mixed sunflower kernels and pepitas
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- half a teaspoon of nutmeg
- 2 cups of slivered almonds
- 1 cup of dried apricots, chopped
- 1 cup of dried apples, chopped
- 1 cup of dates, chopped
- 175 g butter, melted
- 1 cup of honey
Line your baking tray with baking paper. Sprinkle the coconut into it and place in a hot oven for a few minutes to toast. Mind it just browns and doesn’t burn – if it burns throw it away and start again.
In a large bowl, combine everything including the coconut but leave out the fruit, butter and honey. Melt the butter and honey together in the microwave, then pour over the muesli mixture. Spend a few minutes making sure it is mixed in thoroughly. Spread into your lined baking tray, use 2 trays if you need to. Place in a hot oven.
This next step is tedious, but important. Check the muesli every 5 minutes or so, and if it starts to look brown and toasty, stir it. Continue until all of muesli is toasted, you might need to swap the trays around to ensure it toasts evenly. This might take up to an hour, so make yourself comfortable with a cup of tea or coffee. Maybe use this time to make the labels? Don’t get engrossed in a magazine, it is quick to burn.
When the muesli is properly toasted, allow it to cool, uncovered. Once cool, mix in the dried, chopped fruit, place in your jars and label. Or just eat it! Delicious with cold milk, or yogurt and some chopped banana.
Labels! I played around with labels in PicMonkey and Canva, and in the end just made them in Word. Once they were printed I cut them out then glued them on using a watered down mix of PVA glue. Super easy, however if I had the technical skillz they may have been a little fancier. Although no one who received the muesli had a nut allergy, I made to include a list of ingredients just in case, because you never know. I also gave it the groovy name of Mrs BC’s Honey Crunch Muesli, although a few cousins wanted to know who Mrs BC was. Cheek!!