Secret Wonder Ingredient

For those of you planning on making my muesli (recipe here) I thought I would share with you my secret wonder ingredient that is sure to make your muesli irresistible. Unless of course you don’t like coconut (what am I saying, who doesn’t like coconut, I mean┬áreally).

And the wonder ingredient is….(drum roll please)…..

Fruit for Life’s Roasted Coconut Chips

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Available with the dried fruit in the baking section at Woolworths, Coles and Franklin’s (NSW) and with your coconut milk at your local Harris Farm (NSW).

Use this information wisely. And enjoy your muesli!

Eleanor x

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Homemade Toasted Muesli

I make a mean muesli. I originally started making and toasting my own muesli as a result of a) being a poor student and not wanting to pay for expensive cereal ($8 a box! Are you kidding me!?), b) finding it impossible to find muesli in the shops with no almonds (I’m allergic) and c) wanting a healthy breakfast alternative to toast and sugary cereals. I’ve recently made 5 batches of my muesli for Christmas presents (packaged in lovely jars with pretty labels) for family and friends and it has received rave reviews.

Now, below is a basic how to. It’s not the kind of recipe where food science is particularly important so it’s pretty hard to screw it up. Basically, just make sure you have more rolled oats than any other ingredient and you should be fine. I’ve made it countless times and it’s never exactly the same as I just go with what I feel like at the time, try out new things and use what I have in my cupboard. Feel free to add or deduct fruit, seeds, nuts etc to your taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups sultanas
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit (apples, pears, apricot etc)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts (or any nuts of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 – 1 cup fruit juice

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 160┬░ C
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats, nuts, seeds, coconut)
  3. In a mug, combine juice and honey and heat in microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until honey has melted
  4. Pour juice and honey mixture over dry ingredients and mix until coated
  5. Spread out mixture onto a baking tray and bake for 20-30min or until golden brown, ensuring you stir regularly to prevent burning
  6. Meanwhile, chop up fruit
  7. Once browned to your liking, remove from oven and mix in fruit
  8. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

Homemade Toasted Muesli for Gifts

The Best Choc-Chip Cookies Ever.

Many people claim to possess the best recipes in the world for various popular meals and treats. I am no different. I hereby swear to have the best choc chip cookie recipe ever.
Ok, it has to be said that looks wise, these cookies are a bit average. But what they lack in visual appeal they make up in taste.
This recipe is an old favourite and the only one I will ever make. It was my granny’s recipe. Being close to my heart it was this recipe that I chose to christen my brand new retro baby pink KITCHENAID mixer with….

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isn't she pretty?

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 65 grams butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 125 grams (or 1 cup) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 250 grams choc-chips
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees
  2. Mix sugar and butter together
  3. Add vanilla and egg and mix
  4. Mix in sifted flour and baking powder
  5. Add milk and choc chips and mix
  6. Roll dough into small balls and place on greased baking tray a few centimetres apart (this mixture spreads a bit)
  7. Bake for 10-15mins (no more otherwise they’re too crunchy!)
  8. Enjoy!
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*drool*