Mostly Muesli

7 Mar

Last year when I was eating my way though Italy,  there were times when I became desperate for something that resembled fiber. In a country full of pasta, rich meats, pasta, overly braised greens, pasta, and bread…. there it was, my morning solace: muesli. I loved to say that breakfast in Europe is mostly muesli (tongue twister).

Don’t call it granola.

Europeans will not know what you are talking about and then you will really have NO fiber. You’ll have to go chew on a cardboard box, believe me, I considered it. Fast forward to now and I rarely say granola anymore, it makes me sound worldly and well traveled. Honestly there is not a big difference in the two. I find that store bought granola tends to be more crunchy than store bought muesli. Muesli as an American adaption is more of a cereal and granola a more snack-on-the-go or yogurt topping.

This recipe really allows for all of those purposes. I make a big batch and keep it stored in an air tight container. I eat it with fresh fruit and almond milk like cereal. I also have it over yogurt, and keep it in a baggie for on-the-go-snacking. Its a really versatile recipe. This version is an ode to my Hawaiian roots. Lots of honey toasted coconut and dried pineapple. I sometimes go with raisins and cinnamon. Maybe even cranberries and yogurt (or white chocolate) chips. Let your imagination run wild, when you find a variation that you love, you may never buy boxed cereal or granola again.

Why you should eat this? 

Whole oats are an excellent source of  thiamine, iron, and fiber. Fiber is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Oat products in general also contain beta-glucan, which may help people with Type 2 diabetes control their blood glucose level, and might also help stimulate the immune system to fight off bacterial infections. ** If you have diabetes, for this recipe, you might want to forgo the dried fruit. Dried fruit tends to be high in sugar content.

Hawaiian Muesli   (8 servings)

  • 6 c. of Rolled Oats
  • 1 c. raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 c. slivered almonds
  • 1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp. raw sesame seeds
  • 3/4 c. honey
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil (or coconut oil, my fave)
  • 1/4 c. dried pineapple, diced
  • 1/4 c. dried turkish apricots
  • 1/4c. unsweetened dried cranberries

*** If you do not normally shop in the bulk section at health food stores, this is a good recipe to start with! Bring your list and get to exploring the bins. It is easy and you will save a lot of money by shopping for just the amount that you need.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

Put rolled oats into a large bowl. Add sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, shredded coconut and sesame seeds. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Heat honey and oil in a saucepan over low heat.

Pour the warm honey mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until they are well coated.

Spread the mixture on across two baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The mix should get a nice color brown, like a tan.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

You don’t get to rest during this time. MEANWHILE, dice up your dried fruit. Like this.

And like this.

When the oat mixture is cool, add your dried fruit.

Give a big stir and voila! You will love it.

Share the health and enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Mostly Muesli”

  1. MIsty March 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    This one sounds so yummy – minus the coconut. 🙂 Think I’m going to have to try it! I love cinnamon and could see this being very good with dried cherries and cranberries! How much cinnamon would you add?

    • ChefNichole March 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      I would go with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, taste and add more if you chose. If you don’t like raisins, try chopping up some dried apples. SO good.

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