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Apple and strawberry muesli (v)

A homemade, lightly toasted muesli option that can easily be customised to taste.
Makes approximately 3 cups.
Vegan.

Author: Bite-Sized Thoughts.

Original post (with picture) here.

Ingredients:
2 whole apples, chopped into small pieces (no need to peel)
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, dehulled and cut in half
1 cup + 1 cup whole rolled oats, divided
1/2 cup buckwheat groats (toasted or untoasted - if untoasted you will toast them as part of the recipe)
1/2 cup chopped nuts and/or seeds (I used almonds, chopped roughly by hand, and pepitas)
1/2 cup dried fruit pieces (I used raisins)
3/4 tsp mixed spice (pumpkin pie spice), or combine cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to give 3/4 tsp total
1/2 tsp dried ginger

Method:
To dehydrate the apple and strawberry pieces:
Preheat your oven to 100'C and line two baking trays with non-stick paper. Place your chopped apple pieces and sliced strawberries evenly across the trays and dehydrate in the oven for 2 to 2-1/2 hours, until dry and crispy. Remove from the baking trays and allow to cool at room temperature.

To lightly toast oats and nuts/seeds (optional): Increase your oven temperature to 200'C and arrange 1 cup of oats and your nuts / seeds across your baking trays, using a new set of non-stick paper if necessary. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes, monitoring closely to ensure the nuts don't burn. The nuts should smell fragrant when ready, and the oats will be starting to turn golden in colour. Again, allow to cool at room temperature after roasting.

If using untoasted buckwheat (skip if using toasted buckwheat, i.e., kasha): Place the buckwheat in the bottom of a large saucepan or other heavy bottomed pan, and roast over high heat for approximately 4 minutes. Toss the buckwheat regularly to avoid sticking and burning. It will darken in colour when roasted. Again, allow to cool at room temperature after roasting.

To make the muesli: When all ingredients are ready, combine the dried apple and strawberry pieces, roasted oats, nuts / seeds, roasted buckwheat groats, raw oats, dried fruit and spices. I found it helpful to combine in a container with a lid, so you can shake the ingredients to mix thoroughly.

Store in an airtight container.
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