Guten Morgen Muesli

IMG_3156Guten Morgen! It’s always nice to start the day with a nice meal. Breakfast is my favorite meal because it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Since we are without the dependence of a car and walking a whole lot more, sitting down together at breakfast has become a nice daily routine for us. We start with a small jar of homemade muesli. Then on some days, for a heartier addition, we munch on eggs, tomato, cheese slices and bread. For some, a helping of muesli is sufficient as it is packed with healthy grains, nutritious proteins and delicious fruit.

My darling cousin, Arlene, has muesli often but prefers to take hers to work, warms it up and eats it later in the day. As the days are turning chillier, I think I will try warming mine too. I incorporated some of her ideas and some other ideas from Jamie Oliver – whom my nephew, Ryan, has met on the set at work. How neat is that! I like to think of it as one-of-my-many “six degrees of separation”. One can hope.

Here’s my take on the morning muesli. There’s no right or wrong. Feel free to adjust to your liking. It’s whatever you like and whatever makes you happy. Muesli makes me happy. This is a recipe that you need to start the night before so the “muesli magic” can do its thing.

Homemade Muesli

Serves 4 (4 oz jars)

2/3 cup oats

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup yogurt or Greek yogurt (I use vanilla but if you use plain, you may add a little raw honey/maple syrup/agave nectar, to taste – keep in mind that dried fruit is high in sugar)

1 apple, shredded

1 banana, shredded

2 tablespoons cranberries, roughly chopped

2 dried apricots, roughly chopped

1 dried fig, roughly chopped

Some other ideas you can use are:  dried mango, tart cherries, dried blueberries, golden raisins, coconut flakes, nuts, etc. You get the idea…

DSC07594This is what a shredded apple looks like.DSC07597

Bet you’ve never seen shredded banana until now…DSC07600

Dried fruit adds extra sweetness and natural fiber.DSC07604

Mix all the ingredients together and let them have a slumber party.DSC07607

Spoon into glass jars, cover and refrigerate overnight.

The Morning After Toppings

Add your choice of healthy toppings:  fresh/frozen raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, papaya, mango, grapes, kiwi, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, granola, walnuts, almonds, or even natural nut butters…ohhh the list is endless!

IMG_3158I used grapes and kiwi with chopped almonds because that is what I had. I look forward to fresh blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries when they are more abundant and in season.

DSC07619Here’s another with raw cashews, kiwi and apple. Guess I’m going through a kiwi phase. Make it your muesli and make it a great day. Enjoy!

If you’re curious, you can watch Jamie Oliver in action making his awesome Winter Muesli.


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