Everything is better toasted. Really! Well, most things. Some things. In any case, oats, coconut, and walnuts are definitely all better toasted.
Throw some dried fruit, a few spices, and a sprinkling of chia seeds on top of that that fragrant toasty mix and you have… muesli!
Muesli is really great. It’s also really hard to figure out how to pronounce it (it’s something along the lines of: MYOU-slee). But it’s really great anyways. Why? It’s like granola, but without the zillion grams of sugar per serving. It’s also way easier to make than granola (it only takes 10 minutes!). And it’s great for a hearty breakfast, a snack, or a crunchy topping.
Also, it helped me survive the carb, wine, and cheese overdose that happened to me when I was in Tbilisi. (Yes, I maintain that it happened to me. My host mom kept telling me to eat her delicious khachapuri and you really cannot refuse that. It would be rude. Just like saying no to the fourth glass of wine would be rude.) So, for lunch, I would go to the market across from work and buy little cups of yogurt to go with the huge bag of muesli that I bought. It made me feel a little better about the general state of my health.
Anyways! Here is the recipe, adapted from Joy the Baker’s Toasted Oat and Coconut Muesli Recipe:
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts – or a combination!
- 3/4 cup dried fruit (I used dried cranberries and golden raisins. Some dried apricots or candied ginger (as Joy the Baker suggests) would also taste great!)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the oats, coconut flakes, and chopped nuts on a baking sheet (spread between two baking sheets if necessary). Put the mixture in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until it looks properly toasty. In a separate bowl, mix the dried fruit, spices, and chia seeds. Once the oats, nuts, and coconut are toasted, stir them in with the dried fruit mixture! That’s it! Serve with yogurt and honey, milk, or almond milk, and some fresh fruit (I love strawberries always, but kiwi, bananas, and mango would also be wonderful!).
I hope you are having a happy Wednesday!
What is your favorite type of cereal?