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).
~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:
Dried figs (have you tried these before?! they're glorious!)
A pinch of salt
And a sprinkling of fresh lavender flowers
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!
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! ;)