I love muesli. It’s versatile, it’s filling, it’s delicious and it’s what got me through college.
I had never been a breakfast girl before. Give me a cup or two of coffee and I was out the door. Then it occurred to me one day that perhaps the reason why I was crashing so hard by my second or third class was, I don’t know, because I was starving? So I started eating breakfast. A giant bowl of muesli drowning in almond or rice milk, with a cup of coffee, of course, and I was good for the next five or so hours. No crashes, no hunger pains, nada.
Hmm, I thought, maybe there’s something to this breakfast thing after all.
Now I absolutely cannot go without breakfast. I may last an hour or two before I start shaking and getting grumpy, but who wants that? Breakfast is definitely a priority in our house.
The beautiful thing about muesli is that you can pretty much throw a bunch of grains, dried fruit and nuts in a bowl and call it muesli. You can definitely buy pre-mixed, prepackaged muesli, but it’s sooo much cheaper to mix it yourself. And fun to boot.
At least in my world :)
I looked about my budget recently and scared myself with how much money I spend on food. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that food, especially healthy and, if you can manage it, organic food should be the top priority on anyone’s budget, but it probably shouldn’t exceed your budget. So, I’m trying to save money on food by cooking with what I have on hand. Grains, even organic grains are cheap so I stocked up on those and then threw whatever dried fruit and nuts I had on hand in the bowl.
Feel free to increase or decrease measurements depending on your needs. You can always mix up a big batch and store it in your fridge in a glass, airtight container.
One cup rolled oats (quick cooking is fine, but I used regular rolled oats)
One cup barley flakes
One cup rye flakes
A handful of two the following: chopped walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, dried goji berries, dried cranberries and/or raisins, coconut shavings.
Yogurt or milk
Maple syrup or honey, optional
Sliced up fresh fruit, optional
Stir it all together top with yogurt or milk of your choice, let sit for 5-10 minutes*, drizzle with maple syrup or honey and enjoy.
*Traditionally, you should soak your muesli for a few hours or overnight in something acidic like yogurt or buttermilk to help stimulate enzyme activity for better digestion. I usually plop a few dollops of yogurt (latest love is Greek) on top, stir it up and let it sit while I make my tea, feed the kitty, and start my day.