I’m all for eating in a way that nourishes your body. However, I’d be the first to admit that life gets busy. And even when it isn’t, I sometimes forget to purchase crucial ingredients, or I don’t have the time—or can’t be bothered—to make something that is visually appealing or requires convoluted preparation and following of a recipe.
Actually, my food philosophy is all about eating foods you enjoy without over complicating it.
So, I decided I’d share my super easy muesli recipe. A recipe I even cheat on, generally, by adding a pre-mixed seed and nut mix at my local supermarket (Alison’s Pantry Cranberry Sprinkles). More often than not, I simply add this mix to rolled oats. Then mix through some yogurt and top it with fruit. Or when my husband’s offering, I top it with his super creamy no-acai berry and banana breakfast ice cream.
I believe that there is no right or wrong way to eat and that for most people it is about doing the best you can given your budget, time, skills and preferences. And that is perfectly okay. It is about what works for you—and gives you sustained energy throughout your morning.
That is what I love about making your own muesli. It can be far more cost-effective than purchasing a pre-make one, and you can tweak it to suit your taste preferences and what you feel your body requires.
For example, if you love coconut, you can add it. If you find eating prunes daily helps to keep you regular, you can add them. If you’re watching your cholesterol levels, you could add lecithin. Or you could increase your Omega 3 intake by adding ground flaxseeds, chia or hemp seeds. And the thing is, you don’t have to add any of these things to the muesli mixture—you could add it each day depending on your mood and what you’ve got available. So, it can be as flexible and varied as you like.
I’ve recently discovered that adding what you need and feel like to your breakfast is a bit of a family trait. Firstly, my mum and dad love their homemade muesli and have been eating it for as long as I can remember. And then, recently when my grandfather passed away at 92, my uncle emailed through a list of what my grandfather had on his breakfast table, as he thought we could learn something from my grandfather's morning routine. On his breakfast table was laid out his daily breakfast, which included:
Raw muesli mix that he added extra dried fruit to
Raw wheat germ, which he’d been having since he was 17
Half a healthy cholesterol-lowering WeetBix
Half a kiwi fruit
A piece of pear, when ripe.
A spoonful of the fruits of the forest jam
Half a slice of bread spread with smooth peanut butter or tahini and topped with avocado
Fish oil, magnesium and multivitamin tablets
Hot water with milk powder
Wow, I couldn’t believe the selection… definitely a malicious consideration of his health needs and taste preferences.
Now, eating breakfast doesn’t have to be that complicated or ritualistic—unless you want. You can nourish your body for sustained energy in an enjoyable way. I hope that this muesli recipe can be the basis of some simple and delicious breakfasts for you in the future.
RECIPE: Super simple homemade muesli
5 cups rolled wholegrain oats
½ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup chopped nuts
½ cup dried fruit such as currants, cranberries, goji berries or other dried fruit
Place all ingredients in a large container or glass jar. Attach lid, shake, twist and roll until ingredients are evenly distributed. Alternatively, mix in a large bowl.
Serve with milk, soaking the muesli in the milk for 5 minutes or so, to allow the oats to soften. Top with yogurt and fruit of your choice. It can even be made the night before, or up to 3 days before eating.
Generally, I don’t provide serving sizes. However, I’ve found it helpful to portion out my serve of muesli as when I didn’t I would either eat too much and get overly full or at other times not eat enough and feel hungry well and truly before my usual lunchtime.
So, in my muesli container, I keep a ½ cup measure that I use to portion out my serve each day. If I’m feeling extra hungry, I might add a few extra things, but this portioning has helped me to ensure I have sustained energy throughout the morning. You too may find it useful to monitor what is the right amount for you.
Please remember that you can also add any variety of dried fruits, nuts and seeds that you have on hand or particularly like. It’s up to you what you include, however, some great additions are coconut, slivered almonds, wheat germ, chopped Brazil nuts, walnuts and cashews, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, psyllium husk. You could even sprinkle a little cinnamon or nutmeg for flavour.