No, this is not a declaration of some strange new bedroom activity involving breakfast cereals, but rather two different ways you can serve muesli – a wonderfully fresh and tasty Bircher muesli, and a crunchy, full of flavour toasted muesli/granola that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways!
Toasted muesli is a wonderful thing to have on hand – if you make it yourself, then you can be aware of exactly how much fat/sugar/fibre etc you’re putting in, which means that you can add it to your breakfast menu as relatively healthy choice that is wonderfully tasty and can be customized to suit your own tastes! Best of all, it’s extremely versatile – you can have it on its own with milk, throw a handful on top of a fruit cereal to diversify the flavours and textures in the dish, or just serve it with yoghurt for a high-energy fuel to get you through the morning 🙂
Toasted Berry Granola
(adapted from ‘Healthy Appetite‘ by Gordon Ramsay)
Ingredients (serves 4-5)
250g jumbo rolled oats
60g flaked almonds
60g pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
60g sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch salt
60g unsalted butter
6 tbsp honey
Zest of 1 orange
80g dried cranberries
80g dried blueberries
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, then combine the rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaked almonds, ground ginger and salt in a large bowl and set aside. Measure out the dried blueberries and cranberries into a separate bowl and set aside.
2. Melt together the butter and honey, then stir in the orange zest and then pour over the oat mixture and stir well to make sure it is combined and the oats are evenly wettened. Spread the oat mixture onto a lined large baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to ensure the mixture toasts evenly. Once the oats are fragrant and lightly golden, remove from the oven.
Do not wait till the oats are dark golden in colour – remember that the mixture will retain heat and therefore continue to cook for another 5 or so minutes after it has been removed from the oven. If you get them perfectly toasted in the oven, they could be on the burnt side by the time they’ve cooled.
3. Allow the oats to cool and crisp up on the baking tray, then remove to a large mixing bowl and stir in the dried cranberries and blueberries. Once the oats are completely cool, store in an airtight container and place in a cool dry place.
I keep a small tub of this in my drawer at work since I bring in a small tub of yoghurt and piece of fruit for breakfast (which needs to be had at work when I’m leaving the house at 5am every day!) – combined, they make a delicious, healthy and high energy food that gets me through to lunchtime 🙂
Now, this is the healthiest of all mueslis around – bircher muesli. All muesli is derived from this original creation by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner, which was created in the 1900s. The overnight soaking of the oats makes them easier to digest, and the natural honey to sweeten, along eith the fresh fruit and cultures in the yoghurt means that this dish really is nothing but full of goodness and perfect fuel for the body.
(from ‘Healthy Appetite‘ by Gordon Ramsay)
Ingredients (serves 4)
200g rolled oats
350mL skim milk
1-2 large Fuji apples (or any similar firm, sweet apple)
1-2 tbsp honey
150mL low-fat natural yoghurt
50mL natural/fresh apple or orange juice
Fresh berries and chopped nuts to serve
1. Put the oats in a bowl and pour over the milk and give a stir to evenly mix through, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1hr, though ideally overnight.
2. Coarsely grate the apple over the oats, discarding the core and pips, then add the honey and yoghurt and stir well to combine. If the oats are too thick at this stage, slowly pour in the juice while stirring till the mixture is a bit wetter.
3. Serve in individual bowls, and top with fresh berries and chopped nuts and enjoy as a healthy, filling but quite light start to your day!
Be warned, the soaking of the oats does make them quite goopy, so this dish will be great for you if you don’t mind the texture of porridge-style dishes. If this texture does bother you, just presoak the oats for 1-2hrs in natural unsweetened orange or apple juice to soften them slightly instead 🙂
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