Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Raw Breakfast Muesli


This is a simple but nutritious breakfast that I have been enjoying as of late. Yes, it seems to be hot cereal season, but this can be warmed up in the morning if you so desire. It's one of those dump and leave recipes that is a healthy way to start the day. So, let me just help you embark on this great idea of making muesli in your own kitchen with a few yummy, simple ingredients.

Step #1, get out a medium glass bowl (preferable with a lid).

Step #2, measure out 1 cup of gluten-free rolled oats, pour in bowl.

Step #3, add 5-6 chopped dates, 1/2 of sliced or whole raw almonds (or 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, or another raw nut of choice or what is available).

Step#4, add 2 cups of a non-dairy beverage. I used coconut milk beverage, but almond milk will work too.

Step #5, stir, and keep on cold shelf on the counter or in the fridge for overnight (or at least 6 hours).

Step #6, find it in the morning with most all the milk soaked up and a creamy ready to eat bowl of cereal. Or, if you are looking for a warm meal, toss all of the ingredients in a saucepan and warm up for a few minutes, or put in a microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Ready.
That's it. It's easy and delicious. Also, you can do this with other pre-cooked gluten-free grains/seeds, like millet, buckwheat, kasha, or quinoa. It has 4 simple ingredients that you could add more if you wanted to, but is good just that simply too. It is soaked so it is much easier to digest, and it is a great way to eat a healthy breakfast without a lot of pain or prep. It is a great recipe for those just embarking on what a gluten and dairy free diet looks like. You can eat this for breakfast and it will keep you going all morning. Also, because the natural date sweetness soaks into the mixture you do not need to add any sweeteners (beside the dates) whatsoever. So, what more could a healthy breakfast ask for?!

Some other ingredients to add at serving time if you want to boost it up just a bit:
- a scoop of ground flaxseed
- some cinnamon or nutmeg
- a scoop of rice bran
- a scoop of rice protein
- a scoop of maca root powder
- fresh/or baked apple
- fresh blueberries or other berry
- a dollup of goat yogurt
- a spoonful of shredded coconut
- and the list could go on and on...

Hope you try this out and enjoy! Don't forget that living a whole and healthy life doesn't have to be rocket science, just a lot of love and dedication.

Much love to you!

P.s. Dates are really yummy in this recipe, so don't even try and substitute those...:)

3 comments:

  1. This looks very delicious! I will soon be adding GF oats back to my diet, and I can't wait for meusli once again! One question though - do you mean cooked grains/seeds for other variations, or raw? I just don't see it being quite as easy to digest and beneficial with raw millet, for example, since it is quite a bit different than rolled outs, nor does it really sprout, no matter how long you soak it. Just curious if you've tried this with raw buckwheat/etc and how that worked for you.

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  2. Kim- You could soak the pre-cooked millet or buckwheat with the dates and non-dairy milk to make a muesli. Yeah you are right about how they do not break down much unless they are cooked. I have not tried them raw, maybe you would just have to soak longer... but i could see it not doing much still. I have just used the gluten-free oats, and was told to try out the cooked millet and buckwheat as an option as well :) Thanks for the question.
    Let me know if you try it out, and I will do the same. Thanks for your recipes and blog as well. I enjoy your thoughts and wisdom as well!

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