There’s something really satisfying about making your own muesli. Not only is it incredibly quick and easy to make, but you also have your own unique breakfast which has been totally tailor made to you.
If you prefer a fruity start to your day then pack your muesli with dried fruit, it’s highly nutritious; One piece of dried fruit contains about the same quantity of nutrients as a piece of fresh fruit, but it’s just much smaller. Also gramme for gramme, there is about 3.5 times more fiber, minerals and vitamins in dried fruit v fresh fruit. A little tip though, make sure you buy dried not candied fruit. The candied fruit has added sugar which is not healthy so always read the label first. I find that freeze dried fruit are a great option, and are available in segments, pieces and slices. You can buy these from health food stores and on line (www.paradisefruits.co.uk/freeze–dried).
Nuts and seeds are also a great addition to muesli. Almonds for example contain as much calcium as milk (so great if you are lactose intolerant). They also are rich in fiber, magnesium, selenium and vitamin E (great if you are going through the menopause).
Good nuts and seeds
I always use Whole jumbo oats (gluten free) for the base of my muesli. They are a fantastic source of fibre and as they are a slow release energy, they will fill you up till lunchtime!
Healthy homemade muesli with Goji berries Chai Walnuts and Apple
Difficulty: Easy Serves: 30 servings approx.
700g gluten free jumbo oats
1 cup freeze dried apple slices
1 cup walnuts
1/3 cup chai seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried goji berries
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup almonds/pistachios/brazil nuts
Toast the pumpkin seeds in a dry frying pan over a medium heat till the start to colour and ‘pop’. Remove from the heat and cool.
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Store in an airtight container.
This muesli taste even better when you add some fruit purée, yogurt and manuka honey .