Not something I indulged in for many years, muesli has in recent months made itself a permanent fixture of my mornings. Muesli can certainly be described as one of the healthy breakfasts, easy to separate from most sugar-laden cereals. But some ingredients in commercial muesli can be sneaky and coming up with a Homemade Muesli Recipe can give you back control.
The issue is that many commercial mueslis contain artificially sweetened ingredients. Companies, therefore, don’t need to list sugar as an ingredient. Sweetened ingredients include banana chips, papaya, pineapple and dates. Make your own homemade muesli and this compulsion by large companies to sweeten even healthy breakfasts can be sidestepped.
But making a truly healthy muesli recipe wasn’t simply an exercise in taking back some control, it was a test to see if homemade muesli can be thrown together for a reasonable price. It can!
Containing many of the same ingredients as commercial muesli – barley flakes and rye flakes – this recipe for homemade muesli comes in at roughly the same price as the offerings of cheaper brands. Though ‘basics’ muesli isn’t taken into account in that reckoning because it’s essentially overpriced porridge oats. Harsh? Perhaps. But a breakfast has to be top notch if it’s going to set you up for the day.
The difference? The muesli featured here uses a ‘luxury’ mix of dried fruits – cranberries, golden raisins – in addition to organic oats and flakes. If you were to make use of dried fruits even more cleverly, I’m sure you could reduce the price further still. Personally, the slightly inflated spend is more than worth it for the quality of the breakfast involved.
Naturally, there’s another glaring benefit of producing your own homemade muesli; choice. You can choose exactly what you’d like to go into your muesli. Sunflower seeds? Not a problem. Sesame seeds? Easy!
It gives you a freedom of choice that you could only dream of at the supermarket checkout. Take back control of breakfast; make your own, homemade muesli!
Makes 650g (12 servings)
- 100g porridge oats
- 100g jumbo oats
- 50g rye flakes
- 50g barley flakes
- 100g mixed fruit
- 100g sultanas
- 50g flaked almonds
- 50g sunflower seeds
- 25g sesame seeds
- 25g walnuts
- Take a big bowl and mix everything together thoroughly. Serve as you like it.
Cost: As mentioned above, the cost of this homemade muesli is roughly equivalent to the cheapest ‘luxury’ commercial mueslis. At £1.70 for 650g you’ll soon be mixing your own for good.