make your own muesli

September 7, 2009

There are several reasons why you should consider making your own muesli from scratch:

  1. It tastes better
  2. It has better ingredients
  3. It’s easy on the wallet
  4. It’s super fun to make!

The fun thing about making your own muesli is that you can add just about whatever dry ingredients you like to the basic base of oats. This recipe yields about 8 cups or 16 servings. Start with a big bowl and just add the ingredients as you go.

I start with 6 cups rolled oats:

Add 2 cups of a combination of seeds and nuts. I like to use sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, and sliced almonds:

Add 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (optional):

Add 1 cup dried fruit. I used a mixture of raisins, dried apricot and a medjool date but use whatever you have on hand. Dried banana would be delicious with the coconut.

Mix in about 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste for all you cinna-lovers out there):

Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and add a large sprinkle of salt. Toss with 1/4 cup brown sugar:

And you’re done! Homemade muesli should be refrigerated since it contains no preservatives.

Serve with yogurt, fresh fruit, honey or milk. Shake container well before each use.

This is a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy breakfast and would work well soaked overnight for sure, but what is better than just reaching into the fridge first thing and adding fresh fruit and yogurt?

Next time I make my own cereal I might try out granola which is basically the same recipe with one or two more ingredients and just a couple more steps.

Happy Labor Day!

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