I never eat cereal. Don’t get me wrong, cereal is delicious, but I find myself eating 3 bowls before I’m full, getting a carb and sugar overload, and then feeling like crap afterwards. I can’t even recall the last time I bought a box of cereal, but this morning, I was definitely craving some crunchy, milky goodness.
Rather than eating your typical ‘cereal,’ I usually opt for muesli, a more balanced combination of oats and fruit. I first got hooked on muesli when I was traveling Switzerland. The hotel I was staying in had a breakfast muesli bar with every kind of fruit and nut to choose from, which you then top over uncooked oats with milk. Until then, I had always eaten my oats cooked, so eating uncooked oats seemed rather odd to me. Now, I don’t eat them any other way!
This muesli totally does it for me. It has no added sugar, not too many grains, a lot of fiber and tons of fruit. Fruit is my staple in the morning, and this cereal is more fruit than anything else. Feel free to work with whatever fruit you have. Instead of strawberries, use oranges (which is what I usually do, but I didn’t have any). I know most people don’t have fresh figs in their fridge, so if that’s the case, leave them out! Try different kinds of nuts, or use raisins instead of goji berries. Just be sure to use at least 3 different kinds of fresh fruit, a few different kinds of nuts, at least one dried fruit (raisins, gojis, apricots, prunes, whatever) and uncooked rolled oats; not instant oats. Also, it’s good to soak your oats overnight and then rinse. This helps to release the phytic acids found in oats, which bind to minerals, inhibiting their proper absorption in the body. If you don’t soak them over night, its not the end of the world though.
2-3 tablespoons rolled oats, uncooked (do NOT use instant oats, these are basically empty carbs with little nutritional value.)
½ apple, diced
½ banana, diced
4 strawberries, sliced (or even better, 1/2 of an orange, chopped)
1-2 fresh figs, sliced (optional)
2-3 tablespoons goji berries (or raisins)
3 tablespoons chopped nuts of your choice, I used walnuts, cashews and almonds
½ cup almond milk (or more if you like)
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
Directions: This doesn’t really need directions, but for those of you who haven’t eaten cereal:
In a large cereal bowl, add oats, top with all the fruit and nuts, pour milk and sprinkle with cinnamon.
In the photo below, I went wild and used every kind of fruit in my fridge: Boysenberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, apples, figs and goji berries.