Super simple. Delicious. Nutritious.
This muesli recipe feeds 2 of us (a full-grown man and me!) for almost 2 weeks. The trick is to make it at whatever point in your week that you have more than 2 seconds, however what I'm really saying is to make the time! It is worth it and you will thank me...
boyfriend husband had not previouly been a big fan of muesli nor had he however been satisfied from his breakfast past 9am! Once I convinced him to leave the land of Weetbix for home-made muesli he was forever thankful....
As with many recipes to be made in bulk, the initial cost to buy all the ingredients can be significant; though as I said above this recipe lasts for some time and these ingredients will stay happily in your pantry for months. This way you have then on hand, ready to be grabbed when you make your next batch of muesli.
The only ingredient I buy regularly is the oats themselves.
Muesli in packets is like most food found that way; processed. Along with the yummy things your body wants and needs, you also often get some not-so-yummy things, and in my opinion totally unnecessary ingredients. Oil is #1 on this list in the packet-muesli world.
Years ago I religiously bought (and enjoyed) a well known and popular Australian muesli brand - Carman's. There are loads of brands like this that although making wonderful products with good quality ingredients they almost always contain unnecessary ingredients such as excess sugar in the form of honey and large quantities dried fruit as well as vegetable oil.
Like everything you make yourself, you know exactly whats going into it and can control the quantities as well; in the case of muesli I love the flexibility of alternating my seed and nut mix. Price is another crucial factor with 500g of a high quality off-the-shelf product costing between $AU6-10. The below recipe is nowhere near that in cost and is far more fabulous being made by your own hands anyhow....
Enjoy this recipe and know that you've done your body some serious good for the day.
- 1kg oats
- 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
- 1 cup raw unsalted hazelnuts or
- ⅓ cup sunflower kernels
- ⅓ cup pepitas
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup goji berries
- 1 cup natural sultanas (this means nothing else is added)
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees (electric oven)
- Chopped roughly or whiz nuts in a food processor
- Place rolled oats in suitably-sized baking tray
- Measure out required amount of other ingredients
- Add all except sultanas to tray and combine by hand until well mixed
- Dry-roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes until your kitchen is starting to smell heavenly
- Allow to cool and both the goji berries and sultanas
- Store in an airtight container(s) for up to 2 weeks
SERVING OPTIONS & VARIATIONS
Any ingredient where you may prefer an alternative can of course be swapped out though the key to this particular recipe is about having no added sugars (this includes honey) as I feel it's unnecessary. The recipe is deliciously sweet without it and this also extends to limiting the quantity of dried fruit.
You could use dried apricots instead of sultanas and switch up your nuts as well, if you only have almonds then go with that!
Serve with clean Greek yoghurt (and/or your choice of milk if you prefer) and yummy fresh fruit + cinnamon sprinkled on top!
Alternatively you could use it as a base for this orange bircher muesli recipe.