Mornings are probably my favorite time of the day, for many reasons.
Reason #1: Mornings are the mark of the beginning of a brand new day full of unending possibilities. How can you not love that?
Reason #2: Coffee. The end.
Reason #3: Breakfast foods are my absolute favorite. If I could only eat breakfast food for the rest of my days I would be set. Mornings= breakfast.
Reason #4: Those first hours of the day are so peaceful and when I get to see the sunrise I feel more awake and overall more thankful. I love spending those early morning hours with the Lord.
That being said, this recipe goes hand in hand with Reason #3. Muesli is a kind of like a granola-cereal-oatmeal hybrid. It originated in Switzerland and is basically toasted oats mixed with nuts, grains, and fruits. It is so hearty and delicious. I automatically feel healthier just by pouring it into my bowl.
It can be eaten immediately in the morning, like cereal, but I like it best when I mix it with yogurt or milk and let it soak overnight. It’s great not only because it is healthy, flavorful, and delicious but it is also ready to eat in the morning which means at least 5 more minutes of snoozing. Win for everyone.
Nutty Toasted Oat Muesli
Makes about 2 cups
Adapted from HowSweetEats & JoytheBaker
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup toasted coconut
1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
2 tbsp. wheat germ
1 (heaping) tsp. of milled flax seed
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put the oats, pecans, and pistachios on a sheet pan and the coconut on another. Toast both in the oven, stirring every 4 minutes or so. The coconut should take about 5-7 minutes and should be light brown and fragrant. The oats and nuts will take closer to 10 minutes and will have a nutty, roasty smell.
Combine the brown sugar, cranberries, flax seed, and wheat germ in a bowl. Once the oats, nuts, and coconut are toasted add to the bowl and mix everything together. Put in an airtight container or divide into small jars to give as gifts. Easy and delicious!
To eat: I pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of muesli into a bowl and then cover with vanilla greek yogurt or milk and then cover and soak overnight. The next morning I drizzle with a little maple syrup and pour a little bit more milk and then dig in!