This is one of my absolute favorite things to make. It's tasty and filling and good for you! Muesli is a breakfast cereal invented by a Swiss doctor to feed to his patients; it is made from rolled oats, nuts, and fruits. It is full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and the oats help lower cholesterol! While it is possible to buy dry mixes, I HIGHLY recommend making it fresh - it is worth the effort. I have compiled my recipe from a number of sources and I guarantee that you will love it.
The first step involves soaking several ingredients overnight- raisins and orange juice together; oats, cream, and vanilla; and the base mix (involving nuts, coconut, wheat germ, wheat bran, and flax seeds) with yogurt.
Base Mix (will make enough for at least 16 servings)
1 cup almonds
1 1/2 cups pecans or walnuts or combination
1 cup toasted coconut (sweet or unsweet)
6 tbsp wheat germ
6 tbsp wheat bran
4 tbsp flax seeds, crushed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup base mix
1/2 cup plain yogurt (Greek style is best)
1/2 cup traditional oats
1/2 cup cream or half and half
seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean (or 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries or cherries
4 prunes, chopped
1/2 apple, grated (you can use the whole apple if you'd like)
1 banana, chopped
any other fruit - such as berries, kiwi, mango
To make the base mix: In a food processor, pulse the almonds and pecans/walnuts until fine, being careful not to over process and make nut butter. Mix in the coconut, wheat germ, wheat bran, and flax seeds. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
To make the Muesli: Combine the base mix and yogurt in a container or bowl covered with plastic wrap. Allow to soak in the refrigerator overnight. Do the same for the oats, cream, and vanilla; and the raisins and orange juice. After they have soaked overnight, combine the three mixtures together. Add the prunes, apple, banana, and other fruit. Drizzle with honey to taste. Enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast!