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Murray’s Muesli


Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

This recipe is my adaptation of a muesli-type cereal that I was served in a small restaurant near Tusayan, Arizona, when my family drove from North Carolina to the Grand Canyon in July 2009. I was amazed that what seemed like a small serving of muesli, when paired with yoghurt, fresh fruit and a small amount of milk, “stuck to my ribs” and kept away my usual craving for “morning nibbles”. I do not know if the restaurant made their muesli, or if it was commercially produced, but when I could not find a similar commercial product, I experimented with different ingredients until I created Murray’s Muesli. Over the years, I have added additional ingredients such as chia seed and most recently, pumpkin seed, so now my mixture has extra crunch and lots of flavor…and with a few simple substitutions, can be gluten free. Making your first “batch” might seem like a lot of work, but the ingredients listed make enough muesli to provide 13 one-half cup servings.

MURRAY’S MUESLI

Ingredients

3 cups old-fashioned oats (not instant)
1 cup steel-cut oats
½ cup toasted wheat or oat bran (sold in the cereal aisle)
¼ cup toasted wheat germ (sold in the cereal aisle but could be omitted to make the cereal gluten free)
¼ cup flax seed (flax seed…not ground as meal)
¼ cup chia seed (optional)
¾ cup dried, unsweetened coconut (sold in bulk as coconut chips)
¼ cup slivered almonds, coarsely broken
¼ cup walnuts, coarsely broken
¼ cup pecans, coarsely broken
¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ organic, dried cherries, chopped (I use organic dried cherries as there is less added sugar. I also recommend that you chop the cherries by hand with a knife instead of a food chopper. The cherries are very sticky and “gum-up” around the blade of a chopper)
5 organic, pitted dates, chopped (once again…organic has less added sugar)
½ cup raisins

Mix these ingredients together in an airtight 2 quart container.
Makes approximately 13 one-half cup servings.

To serve, place ingredients in cereal or soup bowl in the following order:

  1. ½ cup Murray’s Muesli
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  2. 3 heaping spoonfuls of yogurt (approx.1/4 cup)
    I like the creamy texture of plain Greek yogurt which I sweeten with 2 teaspoons of organic honey mixed into a 17.6 ounce container of plain non-fat Greek yogurt, but feel free to use your favorite yogurt.
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  3. ½ – 2/3 cup chopped fruit
    I try to use a combination of whatever fruit is in season, and start with a firmer fruit, such as apples and/or pears. Softer fruits such as peaches, plums, nectarines, bananas, blackberries, strawberries, kiwi and/or blueberries are all wonderful additions. I usually chop a large quantity of fruit in the food processor, and then store it in a container to use for several days so I do not have to cut up fruit each morning. My favorite combination is 2 Fuji apples, 1 pear, 1 kiwi, 1 peach (fresh when in season, but frozen peaches, softened, are good too) and 1 cup fresh or frozen blue berries or blackberries. Dice the fruit into small pieces, then transfer to a 1 ½ or 2 quart storage container. This amount of fruit should provide enough for your muesli for at least 5 days.
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  4. Milk, as desired.
    I add approx. ½ cup of skim milk, poured over the ingredients around the edge of the bowl, leaving the yogurt in the center. Almond or coconut milk can also be used.
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Alternate serving methods include:

(a) add milk to the dry muesli mixture and soak overnight, or
(b) heat ½ cup muesli with ½ cup water or milk and simmer over low heat for 3 – 5 minutes. Top with a small amount of yogurt and/or fruit, if desired.

2 Responses to “Murray’s Muesli”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Yay! Thanks. Ninevah! This is delicious!

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks, Jenny….and since you have had the opportunity to enjoy this muesli, you know that it is worth the effort to make it!