Huzzah! Spring has finally decided to show up to the party! Which means porridge is no longer an appropriate breakfast. Enter: homemade honey-roasted muesli!
This is the easiest thing to make EVER and doesn't require a recipe (I know, because I fluffed my way through it the other morning, with nothing to power my brain but a coffee in a paper cup).
Basically just have a think about what you like. What do you like? Whatever it is, you can probably cover it in some honey and butter, roast it, and put it in a breakfast bowl.
Here are the ingredients I used:
- ~3 cups oats, plus
- ~ 1/4 cup melted butter
- 3-4 Tbsp honey
- ~2 cups coconut
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- Plus handfuls of:
- Slivered almonds
- Dried cranberries
- Dried figs (have you tried these before?! they're glorious!)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- A pinch of salt
- And a sprinkling of fresh lavender flowers
This is so easy to make you can definitely do it half awake, but I recommend making it the night before, so you don't have to fiddle around in the kitchen for 40 minutes before eating breakfast, like I did.
- Melt the butter in the microwave and stir in the honey
- Pour this mixture over your oats, and stir through until the oats seem a little sticky and are covered by the honey and butter. If they still seem really dry, add a bit more honey and butter. Mix through a pinch of salt too
- Spread the oats out thinly on two baking trays, and put in the oven at about 200 Celsius. Watch them carefully. Stir them around a bit as they brown. Stop when they look nicely toasted, and leave them on the bench to cool
- Then, toast the slivered almonds, linseeds, and coconut in the oven. Let the coconut and almonds brown to a nice toasty golden colour.
- Combine everything you've just toasted, with everything else in the ingredients list and give it a goooood thorough mix.
- At this point I went and grabbed a few heads of lavender from the garden and pulled them apart and mixed them in as well. I felt like a maverick. It was a bit of a gamble and to be honest I mostly put them in because they looked pretty, but when I ate them mixed in with everything else it turns out they're delicious! If you have a lavender bush definitely throw a few in! It was a very fortuitous bit of guesswork!
Then all you gotta do is find a pretty jar to put them in, like so:
The dried fruit and honey roasted oats give the muesli a really nice (but not overwhelming) sweetness. The mixed spice adds a nice little flavour kick, and the lavender gives it this pretty, subtle floral taste!
I like to eat it with some fresh fruit, natural sheep's yoghurt and a bit of milk. Mmmmm
Also makes a great (surprisingly thrifty) christmas gift! ;)