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August 31, 2015

How to Make Muesli

by Anne Paddock

Muesli is a breakfast cereal made up of raw rolled oats, grains, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds that is typically enjoyed with milk (cow, soy, hemp or nut-based) or yogurt (cow, soy, or nut-based). Some people say that muesli is just raw granola but that description doesn’t do the Swiss invention justice. While many of the ingredients are the same, muesli differs from granola in three ways: muesli is not baked, does not contain oil, and typically has no added sweeteners.

Muesli_Paddock_PostTo make homemade muesli, start with regular or thick cut rolled oats, which forms the foundation of any muesli. From there, the variations are virtually endless because there are so many different types of dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and grains to combine. Keep in mind the key to making a satisfying muesli is to adjust the amount and type of ingredients to taste. Some people enjoy an abundance of chewy fruits while others prefer a crunchier muesli made with a variety of roasted or raw nuts and seeds. Let your taste buds guide you. With that in mind, here is my favorite recipe for customized homemade muesli (which can be modified by increasing or decreasing ingredients):Muesli_Paddock

Homemade Muesli

  • 32 ounces of old-fashioned rolled oats (do not use quick cooking, instant, 1 minute, or steel cut)
  • 16 ounces of rolled barley, wheat, spelt, or triticale flakes (a cross between wheat and rye) or any grain of choice. Rolled is the key word here meaning the grain was husked, steamed, and rolled into flat flakes.
  • 3-4 cups of nuts (chose among almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts, walnuts, macadamia, brazil, and pistachios). The nuts can be raw or roasted (roasted will have more flavor), salted or unsalted (my preference is for unsalted), sliced, chopped or whole. Try mixing it up by using roasted chopped almonds and raw whole cashews or roasted chopped pecans and raw whole cashews.
  • 2-3 cups of dried unsulfured fruit (choose among raisins, date crumbles dusted with oat flour (made by Bob’s Red Mill), chopped apricots, chopped apples, blueberries, cranberries, chopped papaya, chopped mango, chopped tart or sweet cherries, mulberries, chopped pineapple)
  • 1 cup of roasted or toasted seeds (choose among sunflower, pumpkin, sesame)

Pour all the ingredients into a very large bowl and blend using a large spoon. Store in an air-tight container or plastic bags and enjoy for breakfast or snack anytime. When ready to serve, place on the table in a bowl with a scoop along with fresh fruit, yogurt, and milk.Muesli_Scooped_Paddock_Post

Helpful Hints:

  • Use a small food processor to chop the nuts using the pulse action to obtain the desired texture.
  • Bob’s Red Mill sells regular and thick cut oats, gluten-free oats, rolled barley flakes, rolled wheat flakes, rolled triticale flakes, rolled spelt flakes, and date crumbles sprinkled with oat flour through their site, www.vitacost.com, www.amazon.com, and in grocery stores throughout the country,
  • Dried fruits without sulfites are sold by a variety of companies including Eden and Made in Nature (which are also sold through www.vitacost.com and www.amazon.com and their respective sites:  www.edenfoods.com which offers a 20% discount on all dried fruit by using promo code “FRUIT15” through September 30, 2015; and www.madeinnature.com.
  • Trader Joe’s is a great resource for oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit without sulfites.

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