For me breakfast food has to be quick and easy, something I can put together while the coffee is brewing and I am still half asleep, it takes me a little while to actually wake up. Weekends are exceptions and I might be more inclined to spend time making a skillet pancake. But for everyday breakfast, a bowl of muesli and a cup of black coffee is just what I need.
Muesli (sometimes referred as mueslix) is a type of cold cereal, more like an uncooked oatmeal, if you will. There are many ways to make your own version of muesli at home. I like to keep it simple, using oats, wheat germ and yogurt. I make this mixture the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, all I have to do is add the nuts, fruits and thin the muesli with some sort of liquid, usually soy milk.
I normally put a lot of effort and thought on what foods I eat to make sure I am eating healthy, but the less decisions I have to make before my cup of coffee in the morning, the better. This muesli ensures me a healthy breakfast every time and I can vary it by adding different nuts, fruits and dairy as I please.
makes 4 servings
This recipe is highly adaptable, use different nuts and fruits that fit your taste. I like to use pears when they are in season. Grapes are a wonderful addition too. The nuts I use are normally whatever I have on hand, usually Brazil nuts, almonds and walnuts. If you like almond milk, this is a perfect place to use it. You can make this recipe richer by using half and half or a mix of milk and cream. There is no added sugar on this recipe and I like it that way, but feel free to sweeten it up with sugar, honey or maple syrup.
makes 4 servings
You will need:
1 cup of plain yogurt
3/4 cup of oats (not quick cooking)
1/2 cup of wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
about 1/2 cup of soy, almond or regular milk, plus more for serving
a handful of sliced almonds
6 Brazil nuts, chopped
a handful of raisins
1/2 an apple, chopped
red and green seedless grapes, sliced
Mix the yogurt with the oats and wheat germ, cover and refrigerate overnight.
On the next day, thin out the oat mixture using your choice of milk until you get the consistency of thick oatmeal. Add the spices and stir well. Mix in your choice of nuts and fruits (dried and fresh). You can do this on individual bowls adjusting to each person's taste. Serve extra milk on the side.