Wednesday, July 14, 2010

muesli

When I was a teenager I discovered muesli, a Swiss breakfast cereal made of oats, fruit and nuts.  My dad was a big granola eater at the time and he would buy me my very own bag from Walnut Acres, a now defunct organic food company from Pennsylvania. I've always been a huge fan of oatmeal and farina-type cereals, so this wasn't such a stretch. 


Lately I've rediscovered my love for muesli. While you can find granola in just about every market around, muesli is a different story. I've managed to find small boxes here and there, but I keep eating them up too quickly. I've made homemade granola before, so I thought, why not make my own muesli?


The beauty of muesli is you really can't screw it up the ingredient combinations are endless. I personally am indifferent about nuts most of the time, so they are not high on my list. Fruit, however, is a must-have. Your muesli is just that... yours.  



Because I was feeling kinda lazy, I bought all my ingredients at the Super Wal-Mart (which I despise, but I was in desperate need of a new blow dryer and it was convenient.) I think I will be a bit more selective next time. All-in-all, the muesli turned out yummy and I've been eating it all week and am pretty happy with it.


My muesli included: rolled oats, bran flakes, wheat flakes (aka Wheaties), walnuts, craisins, raisins, coconut, chopped dates, a dried tropical fruit/nut medley (which included pineapple, bananas, apricots, almonds, cashews), wheat germ and ground flax seed. I wouldn't use this type of dates again because they were sweetened. The dried fruit medley was fine but I had to further dice-up/break-up a lot of the fruit to make it easier to eat and I find the dried pineapple to be a little too sweet as well.  


There's really no measurement involved. I tried to keep the oats, bran and wheat flakes equally proportioned, mainly so it wouldn't be heavy on one or the other, but next time I think I will use more oats. (I like the oats the best.) Add as much or as little of the fun bits as you like. Sunflower seeds would have been good in this mix and maybe some dried blueberries. I added the wheat germ and flax seed because I have a special interest in adding more fiber to my diet (colon cancer sucks) but you can leave them out. Fresh fruit makes a nice addition, too. I believe apples are a traditional add-in.  


Recipes like this are fun to make and are great kid projects. I enjoyed making this, but the fact that I can dump it all in a bowl, give it a good mix and have something tasty is pretty awesome in my book.  Check out the cute stop-motion video about muesli below. Making muesli isn't quite this easy, but it's close.

9 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if I'd like that.

    I like my cereal to have marshmallows :)

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  2. Oooooh I love Museli and that you can make it yourself and add whatever you want...oats are soo good aswell cos they fill you up for long. Yours looks yum yum...great blog post :)

    Laura
    www.sidestreetstyle.com

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  3. so cool! i might be doing this today?

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  4. YUM! That looks so good! How long do you think it would keep in a ziploc bag? I'd love to made some, but can't really see the Hubs eating tons of it.

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  5. I've never had it, but it sounds really good!

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  6. I ate Museli for cereal everyday when I was a teenager - loved it!

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  7. This looks great!!! I believe you have inspired me!!

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  8. This video is kinda weird, too. But, fear not, I love "kinda weird"! Do you think I could make a gluten-free meusli?

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  9. I love muesli. This looks so good!

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