Here, let me introduce you to muesli.
Or as its friends like to call it, lazy granola.
Ooh yeah, I saw those ears perk up.
Because sometimes (all the time) you don’t want to wait around forever for granola to toast in the oven, but you also don’t want to spend your life savings + an arm on little bags of overpriced granola consisting of ingredients you can buy IN BULK from Kroger for the same amount or less TOTAL. I know.
Muesli is the exact same thing as granola, only it’s not toasted or just slightly toasted. If you decide not to toast it, you literally just have to throw things in a bowl and stir them around. Done.
It’s the most college thing ever, but it makes you look hipster-foodie as all get out.
And saves you a lotta money.
And gives you a lotta fiber, which helps lower bad cholesterol (byeeee, LDL) and keeps you full.
“What did I do today? Oh, well I woke up early, biked to my favorite coffee shop–you know, that one next to that old record store I love–made a batch of muesli, saved a kitten, detangled my flower crown from my hair, and watched all of Wes Anderson’s films and it’s only 2pm.” <—- YOU
Just like granola, muesli is super customizable. You can sub in all different kinds of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, or add some cinnamon for a little extra kick. As long as you stick with the basic formula, your ratios will turn out right.
I like to eat my muesli with coconut milk and so much fruit that you can’t even see the muesli underneath. Aka like this:
You could also eat your muesli sprinkled over yogurt or in parfait form, mixed with water and heated up to make oatmeal, or however you so desire. It will be delicious, I promise.
Experiment with some muesli this week!!
- 4 cups rolled oats (certified GF if celiac)
- 1 cup nuts
- 1 cup seeds
- 1 cup dried fruit
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- If toasting muesli: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, and seeds. Stir in honey or maple syrup. Spread evenly on pan and toast for 10-15 minutes. Let cool completely before mixing in fruit. Store in an airtight container.
- If not toasting muesli: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Store in an airtight container.