When I was younger, I remember seeing muesli as an option in the store, something adults would eat for breakfast. A few times I had tried it, and wondered why the heck people would ever like that.
Why would you want uncooked porridge oats to chew on like pieces of flaky cardboard? And what was with the dried fruit trying to be sweet, but taking like fake candy? Don’t even get me started on those nuts, they are annoying and get stuck in my teeth.
Obviously, I now know that the candy is actually the one trying to copy dried fruit, the original sugar, and nuts are not just tasty, but you can easily get them out of your teeth by having a drink of water, another necessary part of life.
I could not understand why people would ever like muesli…and I still didn’t even as an adult.
Overnight oats, yeah, I could get behind that one, at least it softened up the oats. But muesli, no thanks.
Until I was pregnant and in Barcelona with my mum in October two years ago.
Something prompted me to try the muesli, even amongst all the other offerings at the buffet, and I LOVED it! I really enjoyed all the textures and having to chew it a little before swallowing. I loved the mix of flavors, and best of all, it really did seem to keep me full for quite a long time, a lot longer than my usual breakfasts would.
So I came home determined to make my own, to keep the tradition going. Well, that and juice. In Barcelona I had a fresh squeezed juice of some kind every morning, and I wanted to keep that going….except I couldn’t be bothered with the clean up afterwards…and I didn’t have a blender.
But the muesli, how hard could it be?
I tried to remember as many of the ingredients as possible, and I remembered reading once that muesli has wheat bran or germ in there, so I needed to scope that out.
I added a few more superfoods to make it jam packed with nutrition and a little sugar to sweeten it up a little.
And this is what I came up with.
A few months later, other than a few occasions I have not had time to sit down and eat it or have eaten out, I have had this muesli almost every day.
So here is my ingredient list. I don’t measure out the servings, as I have a huge tub that I fill every few weeks, and I just eyeball how much I want (usually about a cup for a serving per day).
Here is what I include in mine (can be adjusted for the size of your tub):
- 10 cups Oats
- 1/2 cup Wheat bran
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup mixed nuts (I have almonds, cashews, walnuts, and Brazil nuts, all raw)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, unsalted
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup flax powder
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1 cup dried coconut flakes
I would maybe shrink that recipe down the first time you use it, in case you aren’t a fan, but top it off with some milk and fresh fruit, and you have a SUPER SUPER breakfast.
I like to have this after a run as I run first thing in the morning. Once I walk in the door from my run, I take my Bodyhealth Perfect Amino (coupon code TINA10 to try it), stretch, roll, shower, and then scoop myself a nice bowl of this.
When my niece Charlotte was here last, she was 14 months old, and I was sitting eating this one day, she came over, curious, and wanted to try some, so she did, and LOVED it (which explains the image for this post). She kept coming back for more, and every morning when I would eat it, she would want some. Even if she had just had her breakfast.
Give it a try, and let me know what you think!
You could also add 1/3-1/2c brewers yeast and make it a perfect post run lactation oatmeal too ?