Muesli

Still on the theme of breakfast, did you know it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy to make your own muesli? What’s more, you can make it to suit your tastes, rather than the taste of some manufacturer who will likely have added sugar and charged you a small fortune for the privilege. It’s easy. Honest. And it tastes great because you can adjust it to suit your taste.

 

You will need:

A large storage jar, e.g. a Kilner jar, because you’re going to put the ingredients in layers so that they’re evenly distributed. This took me some time to figure out lol!

Porridge oats (I buy the cheap 1kg bag in my supermarket for 75p)

Sultanas

Chopped dried apricots

Hazelnuts

Toasted flaked almonds*

 

I love these jars. They are so useful. I have pretty labels on mine (I knew that calligraphy class would come in handy some day!)

1. Put a 2cm layer of oats in the base of the jar.

2. Mix the other ingredients together.

3. Add a 1cm layer of the fruit and nut mix to the jar.

4. Put another 2cm layer of oats in the jar… and so on until the jar is approx ¾ full – don’t fill it to the top!

5. Tip the jar back and forth fairly vigorously, to mix the ingredients together – don’t worry, there is no perfect way to do this so 30 seconds of shaking is fine.

 

TOP TIPS

*You can buy toasted flaked almonds or you can just use flaked almonds and toast them yourself, or even leave them be, if you prefer. In my opinion toasted almonds add a lovely roundness of flavour, and work very well with the crunch of the hazelnuts.

You can try adding some malted flakes in with the fruity nutty mixture.

Don’t be afraid to experiment – there are no rights and wrongs other than what suits your taste. You could try: dried cranberries, chopped dates, walnuts, dessicated coconut, coconut flakes, raisins, etc., etc., basically whatever you like as long as you keep to the 2/3 oats rule, although you could use 3cm of oats to every 1cm of fruit and nuts. It just depends what you prefer.

I love home made soya yoghurt with my muesli – and sometimes I like to add a handful of fresh fruit such as blackberries or banana.

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Green Banana Smoothie

Yet another tasty, nutritious and filling alternative for breakfast.

 

1 small banana

Handful porridge oats

Handful of frozen spinach

4 tablespoons home made plain yoghurt

200ml unsweetened non-dairy milk

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

1. Place in the blender and whizz together.

 

TOP TIPS

To clean the blender, rinse out with water, then add a drop of washing up liquid and a few hundred millilitres of water. Put the jug back on the blender base with the lid and pulse on and off for thirty seconds. This should get rid of most of the gunk, which is hard to wash off by conventional means.

Breakfast Smoothie

I have been experimenting with healthy alternatives to manufactured breakfast cereals and toast. Oats are a great breakfast food because they help to keep your blood sugar on an even keel so you don’t feel hungry mid-morning, but there are only so many ways you can make muesli or porridge, so I decided to experiment with my trusty blender. Here’s what I came up with:

 

Handful of frozen spinach

Handful of blueberries*

4 tablespoons homemade plain soya yoghurt

250ml unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice

1 teaspoon local honey** (optional)

Handful of porridge oats

 

1. Put all ingredients in blender and whizz until there are no lumps and the smoothie is -er – smooth.

2. Enjoy!

 

TOP TIPS

*Substitute blueberries with any seasonal local fruit for a more eco-friendly alternative. I used Spanish blueberries, so at least they hadn’t travelled thousands of miles, but local fruit would have been better from an environmental viewpoint.

**Our local honey tastes of flowers and is wonderful. It is expensive so we use it sparingly, but this breakfast seemed a good enough reason to use it!