Happy December! It is time to start thinking about Christmas gifts, and I love the idea of gifting handmade items. To me, a handmade gift is so much more personal, and it can save the gift-giver a few bob too!
I make this muesli fairly regularly, it is so much nicer than the store-bought stuff.
It is nice on its own, but I sprinkle it on top of my Weetbix (breakfast of the All Blacks!)
Don't you think it would make a nice Christmas gift?
800g Rolled Oats
420g Brown Sugar
2 C Bran Flakes
1 C Coconut
2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Mixed Spice
1 C Oil
1 C Milk or Water
Your choice of dried fruit and nuts
Mix all the dry ingredients in a big bowl or container, before adding the wet ingredients. Mix well using clean hands until texture is even.
Spread into a large roasting pan and cook at 180 degrees celcius for 60 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes. Add coconut in the last 10 minutes.
Wait until muesli has cooled, and then add your choice of dried fruit and nuts. In this batch I used dried apricots and sultanas, other times I use sliced almonds and cranberries.
Put into pretty jars.
Finally, make a pretty label. This one is made using white card. Screw up the card a little, and use a teabag wet with hot water to stain the card. I used letter stamps to write on it, but handwriting can be just as effective. Lastly, I tied the label on using home-made baker's twine (tutorial found here).