There is nothing more delicious than a wholesome breakfast – it nourishes both the body and the mind and sets you up for a successful day ahead. Knowing what you’re ingesting at any time during the day is a good idea and although so many breakfast cereals are touted as containing “lots of fibre”, “just the right amount of carbohydrates to get your day started”, being perfectly “light and tasty”, “the breakfast of kiwi kids” (and so the list goes on), all these innuendos mask the real contents of many breakfast cereals which actually contain a great deal of sugar and other additives all disguised as ‘healthy’.
I love to make my own muesli primarily because then I know exactly what’s gone into my first meal of the day and secondly because it just seems silly to me to spend $6-$12 on a small box of cereal when making my own is so easy and relatively inexpensive.
This is a very basic recipe that was given to me by my mother in law several years ago. I’ve made many variations of it over time and switch it up often depending on the contents of my pantry and my mood. No matter what combination of nuts to grains to dried fruits you add or omit, it always tastes delicious.
You can adapt the ratios to suit your taste-buds and your dietary requirements but keep the general proportions the same.
Topped with yoghurt, fresh or tinned fruit or an extra sprinkling of chia seeds or flaxseed, this muesli will serve you right and keep your energy levels high until lunchtime. Guaranteed.
Alison’s Pantry have just released a new product that works perfectly with this muesli. Raw Power is a “nutritious new super-food mix of fruit, nuts and seeds that is raw, natural and tastes great while being so good for you”. A nutrient dense blend of goji berries, raisins, sultanas, coconut chips, Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hulled buckwheat along with diced dates and apricot pieces. This new product is designed to be eaten as breakfast, but combined with my recipe below, it creates a completely balanced and nutritious cereal (see website for availability of this delicious new product).
- 4 C wholegrain oats (I use Harraways Organic Wholegrain Oats)
- 2 1/2 C wheatgerm
- 1 C bran
- 1 C dessicated or shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- 1/2 C ricebran or canola oil
- 3/4 C runny honey
- 1 t cinnamon
- Sunflower & pumpkin seeds
- Chopped or whole nuts including almonds, peanuts, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts
- Sesame seeds
- Chopped dried apple pieces
- Yoghurt-covered raisins
- Dried apricots, cranberries, cherries
- Combine all ingredients (excluding any dried fruits) in a large roasting pan. Stir well to ensure the grains are evenly coated with the honey and oil.
- Bake at 150 degrees celsius for 30 minutes, stirring well every 10 minutes.
- Once base mixture has cooled, add the dried fruit and any other additional extras you desire.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Serve with your choice of milk and toppings including yoghurt, fresh fruit, chia seeds, LSA, sliced banana.