February 12, 2015

Hearty Muesli

Just before going to bed last night I was planning the breakfast for the next day. My husband said "let us make Muesli, you just soak some oats". We had an argument on whether Muesli was a wet dish or a dry granola-like dish. I had to do some research, and it turns out he was right, Muesli is made by soaking oats overnight in a sour medium and then consumed in the morning with milk or yogurt along with other healthy toppings. 

This easy dish has an interesting story behind it. It was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. It is interesting to note that about a century ago there were doctors who thought nutrition should be part of healing. 

Today's post is a hearty, nourishing Muesli recipe, which is so easy to make, easy to customize and easy to put together with little bit of planning. As always 'quicknhealthy' :-). Please be creative and use your own mix of whole grains and toppings that are to your liking. And as always use as much organic ingredients as possible. 



Ingredients:
  • Organic rolled oats - 1 cup
  • Homemade organic yogurt - 1 Tbs
  • Filtered water - enough to cover the oats (~1/2 cup)
  • Homemade coconut milk - 2 1/2 cups
  • Dates - 2-3
  • Cardamom - 1-2 (optional)
  • Arrowroot powder - 2 Tbs (optional)
  • Chia seeds - 2 Tbs (optional)
  • Blueberries - 1 cup (fresh or frozen)
  • Hemp hearts - 3 Tbs (optional for topping)
  • Banana - 3 (for topping)
Directions:
  • Soak oats in filtered water and yogurt for 8 hours or overnight. 
  • If you are making homemade coconut milk, you can make that ahead of time. You can also use organic whole milk or any other non-dairy milk of your choice. 
  • Blend the milk, cardamom (skin removed) and dates together in a high speed blender to make kind of a 'sweetened flavored milk'. Transfer to a saucepan.
  • Mix arrowroot powder with a few tablespoons of milk without any lumps, add to the saucepan with milk. Start cooking at low medium heat stirring continuously till the milk slightly thickened and creamy, for about 8-10 minutes. (if you are not using arrowroot powder, skip this step, just heat the coconut milk)
  • Add the soaked oats, stir well continue cooking till everything is evenly heated. 
  • Mix in the blueberries, chia seeds and hemp hearts. 
  • Serve warm topped with sliced bananas. 
  • This makes about 3 to 4 servings. Enjoy!!

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