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Muesli a.k.a. ‘the new granola’

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Muesli. The first time I was introduced to Muesli was when I lived in New Zealand back in 2003. While I found it bland and rather boring back then, now I have a new found love and respect for this delicious breakfast item (or ‘nice cream’ topper)

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The difference between Muesli and Granola is simple. Granola is baked. Muesli is not. Granola typically has added sugar for sweetness and oil for crunch. Muesli is the raw version if you will.

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This nutrient dense breakfast item is wonderful atop the tropical storm smoothie or a bed of yogurt with a little honey drizzled across the top. Eat it with fresh banana milk (1 frozen banana blended with 1 cup water and a dash of honey) or coconut milk for a quick breakfast on the go or even soak it the night before in milk and have a breakfast porridge waiting for you when you wake up. Really there are so many options.

You can not mess this up so take liberty when making your perfect blend. We make ours as follows.

Ingredients

3 cups gluten free thick cut oats (whole foods)
1 cup raw sprouted pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sprouted sunflower seeds
1 cup raw walnuts, chopped
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup currants (any dried fruit is a great option)
1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and store in an air tight container. We like our Muesli pretty ‘nutty’ so we do a 2:1 ratio. We have double the nuts/seeds/fruit to oatmeal ratio but that is personal preference. We also choose sprouted nuts/seeds when we can because it is easier on your digestive system but raw or even toasted nuts and seeds will be just fine! You can not mess this up so take a look in your pantry and create your own!

 

‘gluten free banana-nut super healthy no oil’ granola

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Introducing a delicious granola that is packed with nutrients (thank you Mckel!). Contrary to store bought granola, this is made without any refined sugars or oil. Rob and I enjoyed this with banana milk (1 frozen banana + 1 cup cold water + 1 teaspoon agave = banana milk). It is great for a post workout meal or really anytime. I was inspired by Mckel at Nutrition Stripped. She is a creative genius in the kitchen when it comes to plant based, nutrient dense dishes. You can check out her website for the recipe. I have changed a few things but I stayed pretty true to her original.

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This is very fast and easy to make! Great to have on hand for a quick snack. You can add any combination of dried fruits or dark chocolate for an extra treat! Or top a green smoothie bowl (as we did this morning) and enjoy!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup gluten free oats (or quinoa!)
1/4 cup buckwheat (deceptive title…it is wheat and gluten free!) (Any combination of grain works, so get creative…whatever you have on hand should do just fine)
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup sunflower seeds (I did not have raw so I used toasted and salted and it worked great. Either is fine)
1/3 cup ground flax seed
1 cup pumpkin seeds (I also did not have this on hand so I did 1 cup slivered raw almonds)
3 spotted bananas
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons almond butter (tahini or peanut butter works too)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Toss all the nuts, grains and seeds together in a large bowl. Using your blender or a food processor, puree together the bananas, honey and nut butter. Then pour over dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet, creating a thin even layer. Place in the over at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Stir well, then bake 15 minutes longer. Let cool and store in an airtight container.