Muesli gives you a healthy start of the day as it contains less sugar than cereals. It is also high in fibre (grain), antioxidants and omegas (with the addition of nuts & seeds).
While I used to buy pre-packaged muesli, I now make it at home whenever I find leftover oats, grains, dried fruits, nuts and seeds that need eating. I find it not only cheaper but also healthier as I do not add sugar or additives. Plus it helps me reduce food waste!
Here is a basic muesli ratio that you can customise. I aim for an equal amount between grains and the mix of dried fruits, nuts and seeds. You can mix and match depending on your own taste and what you have available in the kitchen.
- 3 cups of rolled grains (oat, rye, spelt, barley, buckwheat ..)
- 1 cup of seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, chia, flax, sesame, linseed ..)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (almond, hazelnut, brazil nut, cashew, pecan, pistachio, macadamia, walnut ..)
- 1 cup dried fruit (raisin, date, apricot, fig, cherry, cranberry, coconut flakes, mango, goji berry, banana .. )
- 1 tsp of ground spice (cinnamon, ginger..)
If you have the time (an inclination) you can toast (part or all) the rolled grains first. It will give your muesli a slight bite. Simply preheat the oven at 180ºC/350ºF/Gas mark 4. Spread the grains on a baking and cook for 15 mins.
- Mix all the ingredients above together and store in an airtight container.
- Fresh Fruits
- Drizzle of honey or maple syrup