Muesli is a great cereal made of a combination of dry grain, nuts and fruit.
I first had Muesli while in Germany and then again while in Switzerland. In Germany they served it with yogurt and in Switzerland with milk. I have never forgotten how delicious this breakfast cereal was and vowed to find it and make it a part of my daily food intake. It sure tastes better than oatmeal, grits or porridge.
I now make my own Muesli cereal and also make a snack out it when I feel the hunger pangs coming on. I have tried different versions of Muesli and especially the store bought variety with no luck. This however is by far the best recipe I have found. (from House Beautiful Magazine).
Home Made Muesli
- 3 cups oats or a mixture of other dry grain flakes (oats, rye or barley).
- 2 cups coarsely chopped almonds or other nuts (walnuts or pecans).
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup bran (or wheat germ)
- 1 cup sunflower or a mix of seeds ( sunflower, pumpkin).
- I cup raisins or other dried berries (craisins, blueberries or apricot).
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup olive oil or canola oil
- In a bowl, mix the seven dry ingredients. In a separate bowl mix the honey and olive and then add to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Spread the mixture in a baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes in a 325º F oven. Stir occasionally until golden brown.
- Pack the muesli in an air tight container for use as breakfast cereal, a snack to sprinkle over a salad.
- For breakfast: 1/4 cup muesli in 1/2 cup yogurt makes 1 serving. Feel free to add a banana, fresh strawberries or blackberries. I can have this for breakfast and not have to worry about lunch until about 3 pm.
- For a snack, eat as is or melt some chocolate. In a separate bowl roll a spoonful of muesli in little chocolate at a time to make several bite size snacks for a mid morning or afternoon snack.
Tips: Some recipes do not require that you bake the mixture. They suggest you pack the dry ingredients ( without the honey and olive oil) in a dry container and then cook the muesli like you would regular oatmeal for hot cereal. For cold cereal soak the muesli in cold milk or yogurt for 5-10 minutes.
Muesli is versatile and you can substitute the grain, dried fruit, seeds with whatever you have on hand in your pantry or whatever you find in the store. You could use Flax seeds, Brazil nuts, Macademia nuts, dried apples, dried mango, currants, dried dates etc.
For more ideas on what Muesli can do for you and how else you can make it, check out this interesting options: Cholesterol Muesli Buster, Nut lovers Muesli, Four Grain Muesli and Tropical Muesli: