THE MUESLI FORMULA FOR A HEALTHY HOMEMADE BREAKFAST
Serious breakfast fans know how much homemade muesli is a healthier breakfast alternative to store-bought cereal with dusty-tasting grains. Not only is this mouthwatering recipe packed with healthy ingredients, but it also comes together in seconds. At the end of this article, we promise you one of the most economical and healthy breakfast options you can have. But first, let’s dive into this thing.
Like many of us, we grew up with boxed cereal for the morning meal. Poured the dry goodies out, added our preferred milk, and then left for our daily routines. But as time went by, we tend to think about shifting to a healthy, whole-foods-based diet. We’ve shunned most processed foods, and boxed cereal was one of the casualties. And that’s precisely where we said hello to the homemade muesli! This cold oatmeal dish is actually made of rolled oats, various grains, nuts, and seeds. Now that the weather has warmed up, grabbing a bowlful of delectable muesli on the go with a dribble of milk or a blob of yoghurt could easily be the way to go.
Just remember that this healthier, oil-free, no sugar-added alternative works with any ingredients you choose to mix and match. Oats and nuts might be the absolute musts for this go-to breakfast, but as for the others, we’ll let you customise it just the way you like. You just need to know the starting point formula. Without waiting any further, let’s bring on the muesli mix!
- 5 cups whole grain flakes (such as barley, quinoa, Kamut, rye, or spelt flakes, or a mixture)
- 3 3/4 cups oat flakes or quick-cooking oats
- 2 tablespoons wheat bran (optional)
- 3 tablespoons seeds (such as flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, or a mixture)
- Up to 5 cups mixed dried fruits (such as chopped apricots or dates, golden raisins, raisins, apples, coconut shavings, goji berries, or a mixture)
- 1 cup mixed nuts (such as walnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, or a mixture)
- Chunks of chocolate or dried banana chips (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- If you prefer a raw muesli, mix the grain flakes, oats, and bran, if using, in a large bowl. If you prefer a toasted muesli, mix the grain flakes, oats, and bran, if using, on a rimmed baking sheet and spread the grains so everything is 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the grains look lightly toasted when you stir them with a spoon. Transfer the toasted flakes to a plate or another baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. Dump the flakes in a large bowl.
- Stir in the seeds, dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate or banana chunks, if using, as well as anything else you want to add to the grains. Dump the muesli in an airtight container, cover, and store at room temperature for up to a couple weeks.
- Enjoy as desired. Enjoy as oatmeal, cereal, overnight oats, or with yogurt, topped with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, if desired.