Knock your socks off with natural muesli
I thought it was time to share with you the perfect natural muesli recipe. Well, actually, its kind of a set of rules rather than a recipe and in fact you can easily turn it into a toasted muesli recipe (simply toast it in the oven prior to adding the dried fruits).
I think the best natural muesli’s need the right amount of crunch vs. chew. If we agree on this then all you need to do is make sure you combine 4 cups of grains, 1.5 cups nuts/seeds and 0.5 cup dried fruit. What combinations you choose are entirely up to you but here’s some ideas.
Grains – rolled oats, wheat bran, quinoa or sorghum flakes, whole rye or barley, millet (puffs or flakes). Pick and choose gluten free options if needed.
Nuts/seeds – you choose, pistachio, almonds, macadamias, walnuts, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, poppy seeds, coconut.
Dried Fruit – apricots, cherries, figs, dates, prunes, raisins, cranberries, currants, sultanas, banana, apple.
So pick your ingredients – I generally choose based on whats in the pantry. It’s a great way to use up little bits left in packets. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with spices and pinch of salt. Here’s an example to get you going.
3 1/2 cups Brushwoods fresh rolled oats
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepitas
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup apricots
1/4 cup prunes
Remember, because you are using fresh oats you should store your muesli in the fridge. In an airtight container your muesli will last a month.
Also remember, you can have your muesli anyway you like.
1. Simply pop some in a bowl with some greek yoghurt and fresh fruit.
2. Put 1/2 cup in a jar, cover with 1/2 cup milk and add a dollop of yoghurt and pop it in the fridge overnight. Next morning it is like a bircher. Add another dash of milk and stir if its a bit too thick for your liking.
3. Put 1/2 muesli and 3/4 to 1 cup of water in a saucepan to make a muesli porridge (serve with your favourite toppings).
The beauty of a homemade muesli is that you can control the fat (predominantly through the nut/seed combination) and sugar (through the dried fruits) content.