When it comes to quick and healthy breakfast options, Muesli tops the list. It’s so easy and convenient to make a nourishing bowl of muesli, especially in the morning when you’re pressed for time. Muesli provides everything that you need to kick start your day. Rich in whole grains, fibre, healthy fats and low in sugars, Muesli is a great combination of nutrients. It’s also a very versatile breakfast – can be had hot or cold, served with milk or yoghurt, fresh fruits, nuts and other toppings like honey, cinnamon and chocolate.
If you and your kids are bored of eating the same old granola bars and store-bought muesli mixes, why not make your own muesli mix at home? It’s really simple, you just need to combine the ingredients you like and store them in jar! The ready made muesli’s that you find in supermarkets are not only expensive but loaded with sugars. Not all brands may be suitable if a family member has gluten or nut allergies. Instead blend your own muesli at home, just the way you like it with ingredients that are most suitable and enjoyable. If you’re planning to give it a try, below is a homemade muesli recipe for you – Yummy flavours and power packed. You can skip the maple syrup in the recipe if you want it completely unsweetened. Feel free to change the other mix-ins if you’d like to add or remove something.
5 cups traditional Oats
1 cup sliced almonds
½ cup chopped Pecan nuts or mixed nuts (cashew, walnuts, hazelnuts etc)
1 cup mixed dried fruits (like dates, apricots, berries, banana, raisins and apples)
2 tablespoons mixed seeds (like sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax seeds etc)
1 ½ cups large, unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (optional)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut, salt and cinnamon. Pour in the maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract and mix well. On a large, rimmed baking sheet, spread this mixture and bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the grains look lightly toasted and fragrant. Stir them half way through with a spoon to make sure they don’t get too browned. Transfer the toasted flakes to a plate and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled stir in the seeds, dried fruits, remaining nuts and chocolate chips.
You can store the muesli at room temperature in an airtight container for 15 -20 days.