Muesli is my breakfast of choice, and I start my day with a bowl of it, with milk and some fresh fruit. Why muesli? It’s healthy, tasty and not fussy. In one bowl, you get a lot of nutrition and the energy you need to get through your day.
European in origin, muesli is a mix of grains and dried fruit. The American version is granola, and in commercial versions, it can be very sweet, which muesli is usually not. The main difference between the two, though, is that granola is baked, and muesli is not. If you can buy some organic, homemade granola, though, it’s as good as muesli.
While you get excellent brands of both in the market, this year, I am very interested in trying to make my own. Here’s the simplest recipe I could find for granola/muesli, and I can promise you that the results are excellent.
You can either eat your bowl with milk and fruit, as I do. Or you can soak it in fresh orange juice for 30 minutes. Or, in the summers, mix it up with cold yoghurt. If you’ve a sweet tooth, a handful of this homemade version trumps any dessert. It also makes for an excellent snack to carry with you to ward off mid-day munchies and your children can take it to school, too.
Try it, and I hope you like it as much as I do.
2 cups quick-cooking or rolled oats
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup organic honey
2 cups chopped mixed dried fruit – almonds, walnuts, pistachios, raisins, figs
Half cup of mixed seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and flax
1 teaspoon salt
Toast the oats until fragrant and a light brown in colour. You can either do this on a hot pan, or in an oven, or even in a microwave.
On a large plate, let the oats cool a bit. When they are still warm, mix in the rest of the ingredients and use your hands to combine them all well.
Working in batches, toast the mixture until it is very fragrant but be very careful not to burn it.
Let it cool on a large surface, until crisp. Store in a well-sealed box.