muesli

Think making a muesli recipe is a lot of work? You can have a fresh, homemade cereal in seconds, really.

Cheerios and Grape-Nuts have dropped genetically modified ingredients from their cereals. But that doesn’t mean they’re the healthiest breakfast choices. You can make this wholesome, super simple and yummy muesli recipe that’s unprocessed and GMO-free, in under two minutes (less than one minute if you’re really quick!), for a less expensive and much healthier breakfast option than boxed cereals.

Granola is a more popular oat-based cereal here in the U.S. but if you’ve spent any time in Germany or Switzerland, you may have consumed your fair share of muesli, the raw oat-based cereal. Wikipedia says a Swiss physician by the name of Maximilian Bircher-Benner developed the idea of muesli for his hospital patients around 1900. Seems like an earnest enough motivation to get healthy, simple food into people needing healing.

Today, we think of oats mostly as unfinished in their raw form—that we need to toast them into granola or cook them into a lumpy mush in order to get the fiber and beta-glucan benefits. But rolled oats can be eaten in their raw form. They’re delicious, soft and full of nutty flavor you lose in cooking.

There are no GMO oats being grown commercially (yet), so there’s no risk there as with other grain-based cereals. Oats are relatively inexpensive compared to other whole grains, and you can make this wholesome and yummy muesli recipe in no time at all. Oats are also naturally sweet, so you don’t need to add any sweetener to your cereal. Plus you can scale the recipe up or down in a flash. It’s more of a guideline, anyway. Add more nuts and fruits if you like, or none at all. Skip the spices or add more. Have fun and enjoy this delicious way to start your day.

Homemade Muesli Recipe

Makes about 3 servings

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats (not instant oats or steel cut)
½ cup of chopped nuts or seeds of your choice (almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds work well)
½ cup dried fruit of your choice (I suggest raisins for a traditional style. If using other, larger dried fruits such as apricots, dates, or prunes, make sure to chop them well first.)
¼ cup coconut shreds or flakes (unsweetened)
¼  teaspoon cinnamon
¼  teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

Mix all ingredients together. Serve with milk of your choice and fresh cut fruit. Store unused portion in an airtight container.

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