Monday, August 18, 2014

Homemade Muesli

While traveling through Europe this summer, we discovered muesli unlike anything sold here in the States.

The muesli here is mostly oats, and sells for about $7 a box, which explains why it is not a common commodity in America. European muesli leans more toward trail mix than oatmeal and is everywhere. We must have sampled at least a dozen brands as we passed through England, France, Belgium, Germany and Ireland. The sheer variety was amazing.

Whether you have a full day of sightseeing planned, or just a typical day ahead, muesli is power food

My family is now hooked, so we have begun creating our own muesli at home for a fraction of the box price. 

Here's a basic recipe, but feel free to improvise:

4 cups raw oatmeal
2 cups dried and diced pineapple/mango chunks
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 cup chopped dates (rolled in flour)
1 cup chopped dried apples
1 cup chopped nuts (macadamia, peanuts, almonds or walnuts)

Store in an airtight container.

Serve mixed with Greek yogurt or milk
topped with fresh fruit and honey if desired.

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