This healthy muesli recipe made me think back to the 1970’s in England, when muesli was a very new idea.
When I was a child we were lucky to have ponies and we did a lot of showjumping. My parents knew some local trainers as well, so during the holidays we’d also ride out thoroughbred racehorses on the gallops, and I was always getting run away with when I’d often fall off and have to walk home.
It was a very active childhood and the accent wasn’t on food, or fast food, and treats were pretty scarce.
I loved my horsey days, and they completely took my mind of everything else, including boys, until about the age of 16, when it all changed.
Of course when the notion of boys entered the scene, so did my focus on any form of exercise except mental exercise thinking about the likes of Donny Osmond (I know!)
Body image and diet, words which hadn’t really been in my vocabulary before became words of some importance in my late teen years. Less mucking out and grooming meant more time for eating toast and marmite, or Devon cream teas, and drinking Taunton scrumpy or cider (if I could get hold of it) with friends at the local disco, and so the puppy fat multiplied.
How I came to know about oats and Muesli
However, I didn’t let it deter me much. After all if you wanted to fatten a horse up, you gave it bran. If you wanted its coat to shine you gave it linseed. And if you wanted it to be frisky and fit you fed it oats.
I needed to lose a bit of weight.
Too easy. I needed oats!
So for breakfast, lunch and dinners I changed my diet and ate a lot of oats, mixed in a little bran and some linseed, ingredients which, back then, were just appearing in various muesli’s or toasted oat cereals.
And was surprised to find that the weight didn’t exactly melt off!
These days, I’m a little more savvy about the whole input/output food vs exercise idea, but I do still favour oats, which my 84 year old Mum swears keep her cholesterol levels at bay as long as she has a daily dose.
So when Emma suggested making some healthy home made muesli the other day, I was all for it.
Hope you enjoy what we came up with – we do! Here are the ingredients we used.
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup dry roasted almonds – crushed
- 1 cup banana chips
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup grated coconut
- 1 cup trail mix *
- 1 cup all bran
- 2 cups Special K Advantage
- 1 cup pitted dates – chopped
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- Crush the almonds in a food processor, until crunchy, not smooth.
- Chop the dates.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Tip into an airtight container.
- Enjoy in moderation with yoghurt or milk.
- *I buy trail mix at the supermarket, it’s a mixture of seeds, sultanas and cranberries. You could make up your own.
Do you have a favourite muesli recipe? What else do you add in?
Until next time,