Toasted Muesli

I never really liked muesli until I made my own.  This toasted muesli has no sugar or oil, so its bursting with good health, yet still delicious.  I love it with yoghurt and stone fruit in summer, or stewed plums in winter.  You can substitute the dried fruit here for any other dried fruits you like – prunes, dates, pears. But try and get them from a health food shop, or buy an organic brand, they will have fewer additives in them.

2 cups puffed brown rice (from health food shops, or health section of supermarket – if you can’t find it, use puffed corn, puffed regular rice, or any puffed cereal)

3 cups of organic whole oats

1 cup almonds and 1/3 cup linseeds and half cup sunflower seeds ground together in a food processor (or use 1.5 cups LSA mixture)

2/3 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

1 cup organic sultanas

1 cup organic dried apricots, chopped

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

125 ml rice malt syrup (from health food shops, or health section of supermarket)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Combine all ingredients except for the sultanas and rice malt syrup in a large bowl.  Melt the rice malt syrup in the microwave until runny, and pour over the mixture, stirring with a metal spoon.  The syrup will start to set, so work quickly to blend through. Don’t worry if its not perfectly coating the mixture, it will melt into it more as it cooks.

You will either need to do this in two batches, or in two large baking dishes if your oven is big enough.  Tip the mixture into the baking dish/es, spread evenly and bake for 15 minutes, stirring everything around once.  Remove from the oven and mix everything around again, add the sultanas, and return and bake for another 15 minutes.  Keep a close eye to make sure the mixture isn’t burning, and give it another mix around during this second 15 minutes of cooking.  Remove when it looks golden.

Tip the mixture into a large airtight container, allow to cool, then seal tightly.  It will keep fresh in an airtight container for several weeks, giving you a great start to the day for at least two weeks, for a one hour investment of your time.

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