A few years ago whilst I was living in London I went on a bit of a health kick after a particularly unhealthy period. I was incredibly busy doing a full time MA and teaching too, so I was always trying to find high energy healthy foods to eat. Enter oats. And all their terrific health inducing properties (like naturally boosting your milk supply if you are a breastfeeding Mama!) Not to mention, they gave me just the energy kick I was after without the crash that usually follows.
The only trouble is I didn’t like porridge much, so I started to try different kinds of muesli, and eventually settled on my own, tweaked, much loved muesli recipe which is still one of my favourite things to eat to this day.
There’s no actual baking or cooking required in this recipe, but it is so delicious and so nutritious that I really wanted to share it with you. It is usually my breakfast of choice and my favourite any-time-of-day pregnancy snack. In fact I’m thinking of making up jars of this as Yule gifts for friends and family.
There are 3 tips to making this muesli above and beyond delicious.
1. You must use organic dried apricots instead of ordinary dried apricots. The difference is very noticeable and changes the taste entirely.
2. Once everything is added, sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon on top and give it a good mix.
3. Always add some fresh fruit before serving. Nothing beats a combination of blueberries and chopped apples, so I urge you to start there.
Large bag of Organic Muesli mix or Organic jumbo oats
Bag of brazil nuts
Bag of seed mix ( I use an omega 3 seed mix)
Bag of dried, organic apricots
Large sprinkle of cinnamon
Chopped up apples and blueberries (or fruit of your choice)
(I usually get all of these from my local Holland & Barrett)
I mix up a large batch in one go because it’s so tasty and so healthy I want to eat this all the time.
Put all your oats/muesli flakes into a large jar. Chop up the brazil nuts and cut the dried apricots into little bits. (You can also use any combination of other nuts or dried fruit, but this is the yummiest combination I've found yet). Add in all the seeds. Give it a good mix.
When ready to serve, add your milk and leave it to steep for a few minutes, which makes everything get a little soft. Then add your blueberries, chopped apples and cinammon, and give it a good mix.
Then enjoy again, later. And later still. Yummy and super good for you!
(If you have any left over oats, you can always use them as an amazing facial scrub - Just put some in a bowl, add a little hot water, mix up and then slather all over your face. Messy and icky but fun. Rub in gently then rinse off. Follow up by slathering some honey all over your face and leaving it there for half an hour and you will have the most glowing, soft, radiant skin you can imagine!)