Christmas Muesli

hey guys! today is really exciting because i've got a new recipe that smells like those candles that are called "christmas" "cinnamon spice" or "autumn" and i love it. so. much. urgh.  have i talked about scented candles here yet? i don't think so. you see, i love candles. scented or nah, they're pretty and add ambiance (pls say that in a posh voice for me) to the room. but when a candle is both pretty in appearance and scent it's heaven. as someone who loves cooking, smells really stand out to me (which is probably why my favourite store ever is a spice shop). so scented candles are just about the best thing ever invented in my opinion. 

but speaking of spices, i remember one day a friend and i were in the city perusing the bourke st mall (have you been there? you should go! it's pretty!), which also happens to contain the ultimate of all spice stores. they have mixes for each and every occasion, dish and time of day. it's where i find my za'atar, my preferred gingerbread spice mix and many more.  some people buy shoes, i buy spices. 

so when planning #littlealiceblogmas 2016 i was trying to think of ways to incorporate different herbs and spices into the recipes. naturally muesli (or as the americans call it granola) was on the hit list. whether it's for snacking or for breakfast, this recipe smells like christmas, tastes like those wintery scented candles and would go perfectly with a nice cup of chai tea. 

notes: because of the sugar content in the goji berries, i suggest adding them after toasting the muesli, as they burn quickly in the oven. apple spice (link hereis a spice blend that i purchased from my favourite spice store here in melbourne, however, for those who aren't able to find it (or something similar) the ingredients are cassia, nutmeg, clove, allspice, ginger, pepper, reshape, rose petal and chamomile. this muesli is ideal for a quick breakfast, served with unsweetened almond milk and fresh berries. 


Christmas Muesli 

{serves 4-6}

ingredients

200g oats

40g cacao nibs

30g chia seeds

30 g unsweetened shredded coconut

30g sultanas

3 tbsp golden syrup

3 tsp apple spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

30g goji berries 

method

preheat the oven to the grill setting at 200 degrees celsius. line a tray with baking parchment. 

in a large bowl, combine the oats, cacao nibs, chia seeds, coconut, sultanas, golden syrup, apple spice, cinnamon, mixed spice and vanilla with a wooden spoon. make sure all the ingredients are coated evenly with the golden syrup. if you like, clump some bits together to form clusters of oats.

pour the muesli mix onto the tray and spread evenly. toast the muesli in the oven for about 4 minutes, before tossing it with a wooden spoon. toast for another 2 minutes and set aside to cool. 

sprinkle on the goji berries and store in a sealed jar in the pantry. 


 -jess :D