Muesli

INGREDIENTS
500grams/1lb Rolled Oats
1 cup Whole Almonds
1 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
1 cup Coconut Flakes. I used desiccated coconut
2 tbls Coconut or Canola Oil
1/3 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Dried Apricots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Dried Apple Rings, sliced
1 cup Dried Dates, sliced
1/2 cup Cranberries

METHOD
Preheat oven to 180/350
1. Mix first 6 ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Blend the oil, maple syrup or honey & vanilla together.
3. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Place parchment paper into a large cookie/baking tray and spread mixture.
5. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes till golden.
6. Remove from oven and allow to cool before folding in the dried fruit.
7. Store in a sealed container and enjoy with milk, yogurt or fruit juice.
8. Any dried fruit can be used.

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Blue Cheese, Apple, Dried Fig and Apricot Salad

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INGREDIENTS
1 package mixed lettuce leaves​
2 red apples
1 tsp lemon juice
2/3 cup dried apricots
2/3 cup dried figs
1 cup roasted pecans​
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/4 large cucumber

DRESSING
¼ cup canola oil
2 tbls grape vinegar
¾ tsp mustard powder​
2 tbls sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper

METHOD

  1. Lay lettuce leaves on a platter.
  2. Quarter apples and remove the core but leave skin on.
  3. Thinly slice the apples. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  4. Thinly slice apricots and figs and cucumber.
  5. Crumble blue cheese.
  6. Place apples, figs, apricots, cucumber, cheese and pecans on top of lettuce leaves.
  7. Combine all ingredients for the salad dressing in a small bowl and mix.
  8. Pour dressing over salad just before serving.