Below is the story of how granola turned into muesli at our house. (But first, a short video of me making up a batch. See recipe below.)
For about ten years I had this blog about granola. It was my signature dish. We have family and friends who looked forward to their annual birthday or holiday gift of what I shamelessly called the world's best granola. (It really was!)
Then two things happened.
First, my dear friend, Kathy, shared an uncooked version of breakfast cereal with Mark and me. Three simple ingredients: rolled oats, Ezekiel cereal, and ground flax.
Second, around this same time, I had begun to essentially eliminate oil in baking, salad dressings, and even sautéing veggies. (My interest in oil-free started with what I learned from some pro-health and heart-healthy experts like Dr. Michael Greger. A quick trip to https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/oils/ ought to get you vectored in the right direction.)
Muesli is just like granola, minus the coconut oil and the cooking. (My most ardent fan and recipient of the granola said that the muesli was even better.)
We've been making our own super-easy homemade muesli for a few months. It was inspired by Kathy. And, me being me, three ingredients became over a dozen. I refer to this in the video. It's that party in my mouth that I describe for you.
One batch lasts about 2 weeks in our house. In case you are overwhelmed by the number of ingredients ... it's worth it for the complex flavors and textures in your mouth when you eat it.
[This is one of the many ways that we Eat Nutritious Food (Health Matters Pillar #2).]
Mix all of the following ingredients in a very large bowl (ours was made by Bennington Potters of Vermont and we love it).
Adjust the ingredients to your taste and preferences. If you just love gogi berries, for example, put in as many as your healthy heart desires. You are not constrained by the amounts I use. You might just love toasted coconut. Feel free to even double the quantity I suggested.
Serve with milk or plant-based beverage (your choice of which type) or eat dry as a great snack. We always add a giant serving of fresh, organic seasonal fruit right on top of the muesli. Berries are the best. (Our favorite is oat beverage.)
- Uncooked rolled oats (slow cook, organic) - 1 lb 2 oz box
- Ezekiel sprouted grain crunchy cereal (any flavor, but we use Golden Flax) - 16 oz box
- ~2 Tbsp (heaping) Cinnamon (preferably Ceylon)
- ~2 Tbsp (heaping) Date sugar
About 1 cup each of:
- Flake coconut, toasted
- Mixture of flaxseed meal, hemp seeds, and chia seeds (approx equal mixture)
- Goji berries
- Sunflower seeds (raw or dry roasted, no salt)
- Pistachio nutmeats (dry roasted, no salt)
- Walnuts (and/or Almonds)
- Pumpkin seeds (raw, no salt))
- Cacao nibs (forgot to mention in the video)
Combine everything in a huge bowl. Stir for uniform distribution of the nuts, cinnamon, and date sugar. Store in a large, air-tight container. Enjoy the party in your mouth.
Like we say at Health Matters... fall in love with food that is good for you. Eat hearty. ❤
Why Whole Grains?
In a whole-foods, plant-based diet, whole grains are considered a superfood. Intact, unrefined grains are Mother Nature’s gift to our bodies’ health. An excellent source of plant fiber and vegan protein, there is even some heart-friendly fat in whole grains. Loaded with minerals and fiber, whole grains are completely nutrient-dense. This means that as a delivery system for solid nutrition, nothing is wasted, nothing is added, and all parts help promote good health. Since whole grains can support ideal levels of blood glucose, including them in your diet can help with diabetes and keeping a healthy weight.
According to Dr. Michael Greger, author of How Not to Diet, it’s best if we select grains that have not been turned into powder, such as processed wheat that has become light and fluffy flour. When wheat and other grains are refined, the most nutritious parts are stripped out. This is when a whole food loses its nutrition super-powers and becomes calorie-dense and nutrition-void. This means that the delivery system for food that you eat has been compromised. All those calories, minus all the essential nutrients.
I am such a fan of Ezekiel cereal because of its fresh and delicious crunchiness, plus its complete line-up of whole, sprouted grains:
Organic Sprouted Wheat, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Sprouted Lentils, Organic Sprouted Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Filtered Water, Sea Salt. Learn more here about Ezekiel.
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