“Here is one I prepared earlier!”
Since my granddaughter is here this week, I put this post together last week.
I thought that I would share with you my recipe for Muesli. It is what I have for breakfast on weekdays.
I bought it not to go on a slimming diet but because I was interested in the charts showing the amount of fibre in different foods as I wanted to increase the amount that I ate.
The book contains a high fibre recipe for breakfast that it says contains 15g fibre and 200 calories.
So I decided to make it for breakfast.
At first I did what they said and weighed out each portion separately but later I decided that this was too much hassle and made it in batches.
Later still when I was less worried about fibre in my diet I decided that I would move away from wheat bran and try a mixture of grains and also a greater variety of dried fruit and nuts.
So the only similarity between the recipe in this book and mine is the proportion of sultanas and the inclusion of almonds.
[My muesli, by my calculation, is about 8g fibre and 260 calories without milk.]
I believe that in the US sultanas are called raisins though in the UK raisins come from a red grape and sultanas come from a white grape. I prefer white grape sultanas to the richer flavoured red grape raisins for this recipe.
I normally make a batch that is a nominal 16 helpings in size but for the ease of photography the recipe below will only make 8 helpings. The plate is the same in all the pictures.
So what do you need?
You mix together
- 4oz (110g) oats – I like the larger old fashioned ones.
- 4oz (110g) rye flakes.
- 4oz (110g) barley flakes.
- 4oz (110g) sultanas.
- 2oz (55g) dried apricots. (I used to use 1oz apricots and 1oz prunes but I went off the prunes.)
- 1oz (25g) dates. (Yes I know half of 55 is 27.5 but at this level you rarely get an exact weight of whole dates or figs and 25 looks neater.)
- 1oz (25g) dried figs.
I cut up the dates, apricots and figs with a pair of kitchen scissors.
- 1oz (25g) flaked almonds.
- 1oz (25g) walnut pieces.
Mix them all together and you get your muesli.
I sometimes add to the above a couple of ounces (55g) of ground up linseeds for the added health benefits.
Yes this is a trick picture.
In volume a serving would be around about ½ an UK cup and about 2/3 of a US cup.
I normally serve the muesli with some cold milk but I sometimes add some natural yogurt or use hot water followed by some yogurt in the winter.
And as a special treat (I love them!) and because they are good for you, since they contain selenium that is lacking apparently in European diets, I add 3 or 4 brazil nuts – depending on their size.