Rainy Day = Baking Day

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When I finished my uni exams for the year I was looking forward to going to the beach to kick off my summer break! Back luck for me, the weather in Sydney was absolutely atrocious. The rain simply would not stop pouring outside. I had no choice but to stay inside…

However, I found a great way to occupy myself and celebrate my freedom from studying. Yep, you guest it right, I locked myself in the kitchen and baked the day away. I decided to prepare a few of the many things I had wanted to make during the semester but never had the chance to because I was always so busy. Plus I told myself that I would eat a bit healthier this summer. I simply love the way I feel when I eat fresh and healthy meals :)

At the top of my list was to make my own muesli. Inspired by a few recipes I had seen online and in magazines and with a touch of my own inspirations I was surprisingly very happy with the end result! 

Here are the recipes:

1) Buckwheat muesli:

 

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Ingredients:

  •  Buckwheat (can be purchased from any health shop)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pepitas
  • Chia seeds
  • Dried cranberries (try to use whole dried cranberries, I find them very yummy)
  • Goji Berries
  • Coconut oil (about two tbsp or as much as you think is necessary depending on the amount of muesli)

Instructions:

 Mix all of the ingredients together EXCEPT the berries. Spread a little bit of coconut oil evenly throughout all the ingredients. 

Pour the lot into a roast pan with baking paper.

Roast for about 15 minutes in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

Make sure you keep an eye on the muesli while it is cooking to prevent it from burning and stir the ingredients a few times while cooking as well. 

Tip: Why not mix it up a little by adding chopped cashews, almonds or walnuts as well as coconut flakes, sultanas, honey, maple syrup, dried apricot, or whatever tickles your fancy? You can also add or swap the buckwheat for plain rolled oats. 

 

2) Simple roasted almonds

Ingredients:

Raw almonds!

Instructions:

There is nothing hard about this recipe! You simply need to pour all the almonds into a pan with baking paper and roast them for about 20 minutes in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius (I like them nice and crunchy!). However, as for the muesli recipe, be sure to keep an eye on the almonds at all times and stir them from time to time to make sure they do not burn.

I like my almonds plain but you can add honey to them if you feel like something sweet :)

 

3) Bliss Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond meal
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup of nut better (I used peanut butter but you can use almond or cashew butter if you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until well combined and in a crumbly paste-type consistency. 

Scoop small spoonfuls and squeeze lightly in the palm of your hands then roll between the palms of your hand into a small ball shape.

Serve plain or if you feel a bit adventurous you can play around with different toppings and roll the balls in coconut flakes, cacao powder, sesame seeds, chia seeds or other toppings of your choice (yum yum)!

Keep the balls in the fridge and they will stay fresh for longer and will become a bit more firm. 

 

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Simple as that! Enjoy  <3

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