Fruit and Honey Muesli
Muesli is one of those things that I see on menus and normally give a solid, “Meh!” I mean… how exciting can oats and fruit be? It may never take the place of a hearty omelet in my mind, but I’ve changed my tune a bit on the stuff. Turns out that it can be really flavorful and is definitely healthier than a lot of other breakfast options.
I changed my tune because I recently happened to have all the fixings for some muesli so I thought I’d whip some up before I left for work one day. I very loosely followed a recipe from Bon Appétit, but there is barely a need for a recipe.
This was my resulting bowl of health!
You know why I think this stuff rocks and is perfect for a weekday breakfast? You don’t have to watch it! It’s not like normal oatmeal or eggs where you have to hover over the stove. Just throw some things in a bowl and then come back in a few minutes after a shower or something and breakfast is ready!
Fruit and Honey Muesli
Yield: Serves 2.
1 1/4 Cup rolled oats
3/4 Cup milk
3/4 Cup lowfat yogurt
1 Teaspoon vanilla
3/4 Cup orange juice
1/3 Cup honey (or adjust for your sweetness desires)
1 apple, peeled, cored, chopped
1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins, etc.)
Pinch of salt
Sunflower seeds or some other nut (optional topping)
1) Toss your oats, yogurt, milk, and vanilla in a bowl and stir it up really well.
2) Let this sit for at least 5 minutes
3) In a separate bowl, mix together your orange juice and honey. Add your apples and dried fruit.
4) Let that sit for about 5 minutes to let the apples absorb some flavor.
5) Toss everything together, let it sit for 5 minutes, then enjoy!
Preparing the Oats
To make a good muesli, you’ll need these things. You could leave out the vanilla if you were in a crunch, but it adds a wonderful flavor to the bowl.
Basically, just toss your oats, yogurt, milk, and vanilla in a bowl! Stir it up really well. It will look pretty liquidy, but your oats will absorb a good amount of liquid.
Let this sit for at least 5 minutes, but you could let it sit longer if you’re doing something else. This was mine after about 5 minutes. All the milk was basically absorbed and the oats were pretty soft.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix together your orange juice and honey to make sure the honey is completely dissolved. Then add your apples and dried fruit. You could sub out any fruit that you want honestly.
Let that sit for about 5 minutes to let the apples absorb some flavor and then toss everything together!
The longer this sits the softer the oats will get and the less moisture there will be. I let mine sit for another 5 minutes or so before digging in!
The sunflower seeds add some good texture to the dish. Totally optional though.
Quick, simple, and healthy. And also delicious! Ok. Maybe not cheesy omelet delicious, but a different kind of delicious. The kind that leaves you feeling ready to tackle the day ahead.
Try this next time instead of your normal oatmeal. I think you’ll be happily suprised.