Now here is something that I love. For all my adoration of layered desserts and mounds of chocolate, one cannot live on desserts alone…unfortunately. I have to say that nothing wakes me up with a bigger smile on my face then some grainy goodness. And believe me, this is some grainy goodness up in here. It’s muesli! That favorite Scandinavian breakfast. Ever have it before? Don’t be scuuured. Just think unbaked granola.
Having a bowl of this fills you right up and makes you feel downright healthy. It makes you want to buy a water bottle that hooks to your leg, invest in some of those aerodynamic running pants and shirts, and maybe even go on a good hike.
When I was little eating breakfasts like this (or a big stack of pancakes) always made me feel like I was up in Canada hanging up with lumberjacks. Quick, I need to buy some flannel. There is something Earthy about it. Give me a stream to stare at, give me lake to canoe across, give me Julie Andrews to sing and twirl around a mountain with! Ok, maybe that’s a little too far. I don’t have that much confidence in my singing voice. Although I have been known to belt out some chords of “Isn’t it Romantic?” in the shower. Don’t judge.
Boy, I digress…the moral of the story is that this breakfast will bring out the natural dude or dudette in you. Just remember that for optimal nom enjoyment you should mix your serving with milk, almond milk, kefir, or yogurt a few minutes (or the night before) you eat it. After all, it’s unbaked. That way things meld together and soften a bit. Otherwise instead of a health junkie you might feel more like a horse. Been there. It’s cool.
- 2 cups old fashioned Oats
- ⅔ cup rye flakes, wheat flakes, or corn flakes (I used wheat)
- ⅓ cup chopped nut of your choice (I used sunflower seeds, so I didn't chop them)
- ⅓ cup dried fried (I used raisins, but next time it's cranberries!)
- 1½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ¼ cup ground flax (make sure it's ground)
- 3 tbsp. flaked coconut
- 3 tbsp. honey
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- In a large bowl stir all of the dry ingredients together, then set aside.
- In a small microwavable bowl, melt the honey for a few seconds. It really only takes about five seconds to loosen it up, so keep an eye on it.
- Mix the vanilla extract in with the honey, and then pour onto the dry ingredients.
- Mix everything well until there are no dry pockets left.
- Spread out onto a baking sheet and let dry out for an hour or so.
- Store in a resealable plastic container.
- If you want a real treat, serve this with Greek yogurt, some homemade apple butter (or one from the store that doesn't have too much sugar), and a dollop of natural peanut butter. It's wonderful!