What is this miracle cereal, you ask? Muesli is a Swiss invention. It usually consists of a variety of different rolled whole grain flakes, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. You then take this dry mixture and soak it in milk (or dairy free milk, or kefir) for 20 minutes to overnight. This process softens the grains, making them more digestible. It's an alternative to cooking the grains.
You can buy ready-made muesli at the store, or you can make your own grain mixture. For the sake of convenience, a lot of people choose to buy a muesli mix and then add their own milk and fruit. A number of different brands make a dry muesli mixture, including Bob's Red Mill and Nature Valley. But for me, the queen of muesli is Familia.
The Familia museli ingredients are: oat flakes, wheat flakes,fruit flakes (organic whole grain flour, date pulp, apples, banana puree), raisins, millet flakes, hazelnuts, wheat germ, and almonds.
So how do we make this stuff? Here's how I do it. For this batch, I used 2 cups of muesli mix. I put this into a large Tupperware. I cut up some fruit:
The awesome thing about this recipe is that muesli gets better as it sits! So, I often make a batch of it in a Tupperware, and eat it for breakfast several days in a row! It also makes a tasty lunch!
You can add any fruits you want, but do remember not to add any citrus fruits or pineapple, as the acid in the fruit will curdle your milk. You can obviously customize this to add any nuts, any sweetener, and any type of milk you choose. It's great!
Now, if you're afraid of cold oatmeal, don't be! For most people, it's love at first bite. The different fruit flavors, the chewy oats, and crunchy nuts -- it's great! Try it soon! And let me know how it goes.