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Toasted Oat and Coconut Muesli

February 22, 2013

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I always welcome an opportunity to change my mind.  Is that actually a true statement?  Not exactly.  I can be hard-headed.  Let’s talk about muesli.

I’d always categorized muesli in the part of my brain that tolerates both cold oatmeal and mushy bread.  It’s a very tiny part of my back-brain that I generally ignore.

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I love granola, but we all know that granola is easy to love.  It’s the sexy/crunchy/toasty version of oats and nuts.  Add chocolate to granola and it’s like eating oat candy.  Muesli makes you work for it.  It’s not sugared or overly sexy.  Muesli makes you accept its simplicity and actually be grateful for it.  Grateful for simplicity.

Wait… did a breakfast cereal just teach me lessons about life?  I think so… that was awesome.

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Muesli is a traditional Swiss breakfast.  It’s usually made with uncooked oats and dried fruit and is served with milk, cream, or even orange juice.  In this version of muesli we’re toasting both the oats and the coconut.  The coconut is golden and fragrant.  Toasting the oats brings out their nutty flavor.  It’s just an extra layer of flavor.  You know… no biggie.

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I like to add a touch of sweetness and spice to everything.  Why not… it’s just a touch.  Dried cranberries and candied ginger add a lovely sweetness.  Cinnamon and nutmeg bring in the spice.  Dry roasted almonds add crunch and chia seeds are for health.

I told you about chia seeds before with this Spinach and Kiwi Smoothie.  They’re especially good in this muesli because they thicken as they’re exposed to liquid.  Perfect.

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All of the dry ingredients are tossed together in a bowl and …. that’s it.

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It looks like a soft version of granola.

You’ll make this and stand in front of the bowl thinking… that’s it.  Sometimes it’s weird when things are easy.

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Let’s talk about serving the muesli.  You’ll need a bit of advanced notice.  Muesli needs some time to soak.  It’s best to soak muesli for at least 2 hours or overnight.

You’ll need as much muesli as you think you’ll eat, a handful of frozen blueberries, and enough almond milk to cover the whole situation.  Easy!

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I like to use frozen blueberries because I like how juicy they are as they thaw.  They’re a bit soft after the freezing and thawing process and that’s perfect in this preparation.

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If you have time to pour almond milk into a jar before you fly out of the house in the morning, you have time for a real-life, super cheap, totally healthy breakfast.  Game changer, right!?

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I was fully prepared to be completely eh on this whole muesli situation.  I didn’t think cold oats could surprise me, and yet… they totally did.  This milky concoction is hearty and completely satisfying.  The oats drink up the almond milk and become tender and soft.  The dried fruit plumps.  The almonds maintain their crunch.  The blueberries thaw and tint the milk a pale purple.  I added a drizzle of maple syrup just before serving and enjoyed every bite like it was the last bite of perfectly soggy cold cereal in sweet milk.

Such a welcome surprise.  This really ought to teach me to be less hard-headed.  Next I think I’ll make myself like eggplant.  And… go!

 

Toasted Oat and Coconut Muesli

recipe adapted from Food52

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4 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (if all you have is sweetened coconut, that’s fine too)

1 cup coarsely chopped dry roasted almonds

1 cup dried cranberries (or any dried fruit you like)

1 cup coarsely chopped candied ginger

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

To Serve:

frozen blueberries

cold almond milk

pure maple syrup

Place two racks in the center and upper third of the oven.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place oats on an ungreased and unlined baking sheet.  Place coconut on a second ungreased and unlined baking sheet.  Toast oats and coconut until coconut is golden brown and fragrant, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Coconut browns quickly, keep an eye on it.  Remove both the oats and coconut from the oven and allow to cool.

In a large bowl toss together oats, coconut, dried cranberries, chia seeds, spices and salt.  That’s it.  Just toss it all together.  To store, place in airtight jars or a well sealed plastic bag.

Prepare muesli the night before, or at least a few hours before you’d like to serve it.  To serve, scoop desired amount of muesli into a bowl.  Top with a handful of frozen blueberries.  Pour almond milk over the muesli and blueberries just to cover the blueberries.  Cover and place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 2 hours.  When ready to serve, drizzle with pure maple syrup and enjoy.  


123 Comments Add A Comment

  • I LOVE muesli!! And the addition of coconut totally makes it even more appealing.

    Note: LOVE coconut way too much :D

  • These photos look so full of sunshine. Makes me wish I were in CA. I love the idea of eating cereal out of a canning jar. Very rustic.

  • Huh. So interesting. I was thinking as I was reading that I probably would like this – one of my favorite ways to eat oats is dry – I know, weird. But then soaking for a while in cold milk, that sort of sounds like a turn-off to me. But you make it sound so good. And I love coconut. Now I think I might have to try it. I too, am prepared for the “eh” but hopeful for an “Aha!” ;)

  • Love the addition of those coconut flakes, go girl!

  • oh, this sounds fabulous! kind of like overnight oats…now if only i could find those coconut flakes – they are evading me!

  • I have only prepared one of your delicious recipes after reading your blog faithfully for nearly a year now. I come here to read your words. I love the way you write. I really do.

  • I love the idea of toasting the oats! Wish I’d thought of doing it. Years ago I made muesli with yogurt and crushed pineapple which “cooked” the oats. Also love your ingredient list!

    Previous posts giving ways to prepare eggplant are right on. Too much oil and preparations that let the eggplant get flabby turned me off to eggplant. Glad I discovered thin slicing, tossing in evoo, and seasoning well then broiling, or roasting on the top rack at 500 degrees really is great. I’ve made tons a few days before a party, and served the eggplant with similarly roasted onion, bell pepper–all served at room temperature. Delish! Now you have various versions to try!

  • You don’t like eggplant? ? Crazy lady…

  • I changed my mind about muesli too. I was a total heel to a room service person in China because I had asked for oatmeal and yogurt and they brought me muesli with what I thought was a glass of milk, and after I had one of those I’m-late-and-frustrated-because-I-needed-a-quick-breakfast-before-the-office-and-you-didn’t-bring-me-what-I-asked-for conversations, I realized the glass of milk was yogurt, and they had brought me exactly what I had asked for… total fail for Heidi. I later found the room service guy, who happened to be the manager, and apologized for my rudeness. All of that to say, the muesli was great… I’ll have to try this one. Looks yummy!

  • This sounds so good. I had muesli for the first time on a cruise ship a few years ago and fell in love!! It had grated green apple and walnuts in it. So good!

  • The first time I had Muesli, I was studying abroad in France and looking for something like the granola I missed. I ended up enjoying it for its softness, but I never ate it the right way! I would pour the milk over the muesli and eat it right away, like cereal. Thanks for showing me the right way; it sounds even better now!

  • My nice nice mother delivered me a HUGE bag of muesli (from IKEA?!) last weekend. That + your post = divine breakfast intervention.

  • Muesli always reminds me of visiting a friend in Berlin when I was 17–we had it every breakfast for 7 days and I felt so cultured- ha! I think it’s about that time I reinstate some into my mornings! Thanks, Joy!

  • what is that gorgeous metal milk pitcher, and where did you get that cloth napkin/towel? lovin’ your style, joy.

  • I got super into muesli while living in Norway. Ate it every day; we had a giant box of God Dag (Good Day) muesli, and it was so good in my yogurt or with a blueberry yogurt drink called Biola poured on top! I’ve never made it here because dried fruit, etc, tends to be pricey…might have to go to Sprouts and just do it!

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