VEGAN MUESLI SLICE #2

it's chock full of nuts, seeds, fruit and spices, just the way it should be. truth be told some of you may remember this post here, from a while ago, where I made the first muesli slice. I talked about how earlier in 2014 I perfected muesli slice....well ladies and gentlemen, here it is.

 warning: your slice will have a slightly different consistency - it will be softer when you first take it our of the oven, then will harden and caramelise beautifully!

you could totally go and throw in some other spices as well. nutmeg, allspice, mixed spice, ginger and cardamom for example would all work beautifully. I used vanilla extract only, but if you happen to have some vanilla beans lying around (lucky you!) I think they'd really add some extra flavour in this slice :) !!!!

so in other news, we've officially come to the half-way mark in term one at school!!!! yay!!!! and to mark this auspicious occaision I spent the weekend surrounded by homework and not-so-silent prayers for holidays. at least this term is a short one, next term is eleven weeks long. my brain hurts already.  

but the thing I like about being back at school, is the public transport. I miss taking the bus and train so much when i'm on holidays. for some reason, the bus relaxes me. is that weird???? the journey to and from, breaks up my day and seperates the "school hours" from the "home time hours". it saves me from walking in the door still grumbling about how annoying the replacement teacher in period four was. some may call is mindfulness or "time for reflections", I just call it quality time spent with one miss taylor swift and me myself and I.

so in the meantime, enjoy some mid-term muesli slice, packed full of healthy ingredients filled with omega3 and healthy fats  for working  brains (and effective studying!!), all slathered with a good dose of golden syrup, cinnamon and brown sugar. call it healthy, scoff a few and write that essay!!

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soft(er) muesli slice

ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut

 1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2  cup dates, chopped

1/2 cup pistachios, shelled + chopped

1/2 cup almonds, chopped

1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

3/5 cup sultanas

2 teaspoons chia seeds

3/4 cup golden syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 tablespoon coconut oil

1.5 teaspoons bi-carbonate soda

1/4 plus 1 tablespoon of water

1 tablespoon slivered almonds

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

method

preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius and lin a large slice tin with baking/greaseproof baking paper.

in a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, dates, pistachios, almonds, pepitas, sultanas and chia seeds.

in a medium saucepan over high heat, melt coconut oil with golden syrup and vanilla extract. once the mixture is well combined and smooth, add the bi-carb soda and stir well.

once the golden syrup mixture foams and doubles in size, add it to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

add the water, two tablespoons at a time until a sticky consistency is achieved. press the slice into the tin, and sprinkle with slivered almonds and sesame seeds.

bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and risen. leave to cool for 30 minutes to one hour before slicing into 4x4 cm squares. chill in fridge for 90 minutes, then store in pantry in a sealed container. should keep for up to a week, although I doubt they'll last that long!


- jess x