Homemade muesli for breakfast!

One of my all time favorite sites, Attracting Wellness, is always putting up beautiful, nutritious recipes. Everything I’ve tried from her site has turned out amazingly well and wicked delicious.
This was my stab at her homemade magic muesli! She uses pure organic ingredients. I used some.

What I used:
4 Cups Rolled Oats
3/4 Cup Ground Bran
1/2 Cup Dried Organic Cranberries
1/2 Cup Dried Apple (You can dry out 1 sliced granny smith apple on the lowest setting of your stove—but it takes FOREVER!)
1/2 Cup Organic Sunflower Seeds, unsalted
1/2 Cup Organic Chopped or Slivered Almonds, unsalted
3/4 Cup Organic Walnuts

1. Mix the oats and bran together.

2. Stir in the dried fruit, seeds and nuts.

3. I washed and cut my Granny Smith apple into thin slices, laid them out on a baking sheet and “dehydrated” them on the lowest setting of my oven for 45 minutes. Unfortunately, it never dried out like it should have and was even a little difficult to cut because it had a rubbery texture. I thought about turning the stove up next time, but felt I was using a lot of electricity for just one apple. Next time, I’d leave them out, use other dried fruit, or maybe buy it.

4. Store in an air tight container.

We ate it as cereal for breakfast with milk for almost two weeks before we ran out. The oats and bran come in paper board boxes. I buy the seeds and cranberries at Whole Foods in the bulk section filling my own mesh bags, making it a truly waste free, plastic free product by saving the waste of the normal plastic bag muesli is packaged in. If I didn’t use the bulk foods section, then it would be even more wasteful. Instead of buying one bag of premade muesli, I would be buying 4 separate bags of nuts and seeds and cranberries to create my own.

See how much more trouble the manufacturers make it? But the feeling of looking over and seeing no trash or plastic in that trashcan. There’s nothing like it in the world. I feel I’ve won.

One step closer to zero waste!

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11 responses to “Homemade muesli for breakfast!

  1. Ive never had muesli before – you dont have to cook the oats? That sounds so easy (and Im all about the easy). I’ll give it a try, thanks!

    (my mom will probably start calling me a hippy again if I make more granola type cereals. ๐Ÿ™‚ She already thinks Im going to run off and join the Philoxian commune)

  2. Hey– this looks good and also looks like something I could make myself. I’m a one-person household so I’d most like make half a recipe of this otherwise it would take forever to eat–ha. Cheers!

  3. that looks great! I used to eat muesli all the time. I loved it with sunflower seeds whith some chocolate chips (u should be able to buy them in bulk as well). yummmmmm!!! now I’m a hot oatmeal kinda girl ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’ve been enjoying reading your blog and therefore have nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award. You can find all the info here: http://terriskitchenuk.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/spreading-a-little-sunshine/

  5. @Lightly Crunchy–Yes, so easy to make! And you do not have to cook the oats! I said the same thing. I used to day dream about joining a commune…or the Amish, but it’s all the other people I couldn’t deal with. I think I’d rather homestead as a hermit and be completely self-sufficient. Now THAT sounds like fun! ha!

    @Jody—it does last a long time, halfing the recipe will keep you from getting sick of it. But it’s such a quick breakfast. Just like cereal, really.

    @Mom Photographer–I was introduced to this when I traveled in Sweden years ago. Don’t know why I didn’t stick with it. I’m more of a hot oatmeal girl myself, but there’s just something comforting about eating cereal in cold milk. Must be a childhood memory.

    @Bridget—you inspire me to keep going! One day I’ll be eating my breakfast with fresh goat’s milk–like you!

    @Terriskitchenuk—a hearty thank you for thinking of me. You just brought sunshine to my day! (It’s been raining here for a week!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I’ve never done muesli. I’ll have to try some of that over yogurt. Can you dry apple slices in a pan on top of the stove?

    • NotWiredThatWay—I don’t see why it couldn’t be done that way….I just wonder if they would burn. The apples are supposed to be dehydrated. You could always buy them that way but I don’t know how else to dehydrate them except for in the oven. Maybe you’ve come across another way….

  8. This is so much fun!!

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