Muesli is a popular choice of breakfast cereal that is made up of toasted or untoasted oats, fruits and nut, most often consumed with milk or yogurt. It may be purchased pre-packaged or made fresh at home. If you'd like to make your own muesli, read on to find out how.
As well as tasting great, muesli has many benefits including:
1. Choose a grain base
All mueslis (toasted and untoasted) consist of a grain base, which is preferably organic. You may like to choose one or a mix of the following - it’s a matter of personal taste:
These grains should be used as the main basic elements of the muesli, making up to anywhere between 50-80% of the mix.
2. Select nuts and seeds
The next group of ingredients includes your selection of nuts and seeds, which should make up 30-40% of the muesli. Some popular choices include:
3. Toast it
Toasting brings out the natural oils and nutty flavour of the mix, and adds to the crunchiness that so many of us love first thing in the morning with our breakfast muesli. If you prefer your muesli crunchy, you should toast your nuts and seeds before adding them to the grain.
Before doing so, chop the nuts to your liking, leaving the coconut and almonds that are better left flaked. Line a baking tray with foil and the nuts evenly across it, toasting them under a low grill for 10-15 minutes. Check them regularly to prevent burning, and when your kitchen starts to smell good it is generally a sign that the toasting is complete.
4. Add dried fruit
Lastly, it’s time to add the dried fruit. This should make up 5-20% of the muesli at the maximum. Some popular choices include:
If you are looking to reduce your calorie intake or are following a low GI diet, you may choose to limit or not at all include dried fruit in your homemade muesli mix. An excessive amount of concentrated sugar derived from dried fruit may lead to a fast blood sugar rush guaranteed to be followed by an energy slump.
When the grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit are mixed together in a large bowl to your liking, store them in an air-tight container which should be kept in the fridge for extra crunchiness.