Oats are inexpensive and so versatile. I use them in muffins and cookies, and I've recently discovered muesli to be my favorite way of eating them raw. This is a quick post, but I had to follow up on my recent Homemade Almond Milk entry so you'd have this super delicious muesli with your milk this weekend. We've been eating this at our place almost every morning lately- our whole family is addicted. I gotta say, it's incredibly simple, you can make it in bulk in advance, have a container in your office at work and just pour milk on top when you get hungry, and of course your kids will love it with their favorite fresh fruit topping.
I only recently discovered muesli, first finding it pre-made in the bulk bin at our local grocery. I've since noticed it sold in bags by various brands on the shelf, but it instantly struck me as something I might as well make myself considering it's just a few raw ingredients stirred together- a loooong shelf life- and served with milk. Raw oats, nuts or seeds and fruit is all you need, and while I've shared a simple recipe (our favorite) below as reference, you can easily get creative and use any variety of ingredients you like. I'll be straight with you though- this stuff is by far the most delicious if you serve it with nut milk that's homemade. To throw together a bowl of this muesli and blend up some nut milk fresh, it takes no more than five minutes tops. Awesome quick breakfast or snack solution. No need to strain your homemade milk- the bits of pulp (dates and nuts) make the muesli that much more textured and rich.
So... while making muesli early this morning, I suppose I was still half asleep, because although I put together this delicious breakfast from scratch, I did manage to drop an entire glass jar of homemade almond milk on the floor.
The glass didn't break luckily, but I did spill all of the milk. My toddler was instantly fascinated by this rare kitchen incident, which coincidentally perfectly illustrated her favorite library book checked out this week- a 1947 beautiful children's book by artist Charles Shaw, entitled It Looked Like Spilt Milk. I highly recommend this gem of a book to the toddler sect. Shaw is noted as one of the first American artists to embrace abstraction,' and the illustrations in this book recall the cut-outs of Matisse, which were made during the same decade. To add more coincidence, it happens that Shaw shares my alma mater- he's a 1914 graduate of Yale.
Enjoy the muesli and some good reading with your kids!
Homemade Muesli in Bulk
8 cups raw organic old fashioned rolled oats
5 cups organic raisins (look for some with no added sugar or oil)
optional: 3 cups finely chopped walnuts (use blender or food processor)
Serve in a bowl and top with homemade almond milk and your favorite fresh fruit. Stir to combine and enjoy!