Previously I shared my go to granola recipe with you.  That recipe is great if you are thinking ahead because it makes a whole bunch all at once.  However, sometimes you don’t really think far enough ahead and sometimes, you just need some more variety in your breakfast life.  Am I right?

Enter muesli.museli-prepared  It’s just as fast as boxed cereal, but is made with whole grains and nothing you can’t pronounce.  Some people call them overnight oats.  I sometimes thing of it as cold oatmeal (but I swear, a delicious form of cold oatmeal).  Traditionally, you mix muesli up the night before you want to eat it and let it soak overnight in the fridge.  Recently I’ve been mixing it up first thing in the morning and eating it at the office about three hours later.  I have also mixed it together, microwaved it for 2 minutes and called it oatmeal.  All variations are delicious.

Today I’ll share both the short, quick version of my muesli method and a longer version that makes 4-5 servings at once.  This second version has all of the options and variations I’ve tried. You could call these both recipes, but I actually think of them more as formulas, allowing you lots and lots of customization for your tastes.

The Basic Recipe

In a jar, bowl or large mug combine:

museli-ingredients

  1. 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats  *pro tip: using a kitchen scale means no additional dishes to do!*
  2. Dash cinnamon or baking spice. *or pumpkin spice because that is all the internet is talking about right now.
  3. 40 g (~1/3 cup) frozen berries
  4. 1 tsp of maple syrup or honey *if you are adding fruit, I think the extra sweetener is unnecessary.  if I am going to microwave the oats, I will add the syrup or honey though.
  5. 1/2 cup milk of your choosing *using whole milk here is amazing. it tastes totally decadent

Wait a few hours or even overnight, then enjoy!

 

The Full Recipe – makes 4-5 servings.

  1. Decide on a number of servings to make. As written, this makes 4-5 servings.  Feel free to double, triple, or halve the recipe as you see fit.
  2. Choose a container with a lid.  For 4-5 servings, I use a quart mason jar for storing the dry muesli.
  3. Combine the following in your storage container:
    1. Rolled Oats
      1. 2 cups if you won’t be including many nuts (or eat a lot :) )
      2. 1 cup if you will be adding a lot of nuts or dried fruit
    2. Spices
      1. 1 tsp. cinnamon
      2. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
      3. 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
    3. Seeds or Nuts – add up to 1/2 c.
      1. sunflower seeds
      2. sesame seeds
      3. coarsely chopped raw, unsalted nuts
    4. Additional Add-Ins – 1 or 2 is sufficient and always optional
      1. 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
      2. 1/4 c. ground flax meal
      3. 1/4 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
      4. 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
    5. Dried Fruit – a good option if you don’t have any fresh or frozen fruit
      1. 1/4 c. dried cherries (my favorite)
      2. 1/4 c. raisins (traditional add-in, also a way to add sweetness)
      3. 1/4 c. chopped dates or figs (will be trying this fall!)
  4. When (almost) ready to eat, combine:
    1. 2/3-3/4 c. dry museli mixture
    2. 1/3-1/2 c. fresh or frozen fruit
      1. Whole blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
      2. Peaches or nectarines slices
      3. Grated apple (the most traditional add-in)
    3. 1 tsp. Optional Sweetener
      1. Maple Syrup
      2. Honey
      3. Vanilla extract
    4. 1/2 c. milk of your choice
  5. Wait at least 2 hours before eating to allow the oats to soften. If short on time, microwave for 2 minutes and enjoy your oatmeal!

 

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