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Muesli #1 - Pistachio and Cranberries

IMG_1030Are you as tired as I am of overly-sweet cereal? I have searched for a good alternative in stores. Most packaged products are sweetened with sugar, fruit juice or some kind of corn syrup. When I find one, it is always very, very expensive.

The solution? I make my own. It saves money and is a much healthier breakfast. It takes just a few minutes to make a week’s worth of breakfast for two people.

Keep an eye out for future posts that will offer variations on muesli and new ideas for healthy breakfast cereals.

Here is what you’ll need to make eight servings.

4 cups – rolled oats (no quick oats or steel cut)

3 tsp. – cinnamon

1 cup – chopped walnuts

1 cup – shelled pistachio nuts

1-1/2 cups – juice sweetened cranberries

Milk or yogurt to taste

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the cinnamon and oats in a large bowl. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven and let bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the oats are golden brown. Stir once or twice while baking. Remove the oats from the oven and place in a large bowl to cool.

Put the nuts on the baking sheet and place in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir once or twice. Be careful not to let them burn. Remove when the nuts are fragrant or start to brown. When done, add the nuts to the oats and let stand to cool.

When the oats and nuts are cooled to room temperature add the cranberries. Stir to mix.

Place one cup of muesli in a bowl with milk or yogurt and enjoy.

For an elegant breakfast boost, make a fresh fruit parfait. Take a jelly jar or parfait glass, place some yogurt at the bottom. Add some muesli, then fresh fruit. Layer until you fill the container. Top it off with a dollop of yogurt and a sprig of mint.

© Bob Mack/Luvs Good Food

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