Tuesday, April 9, 2013

breakfast muesli




This recipe is free of gluten, egg, dairy, and sugar, and uses raw and vegetarian ingredients.  For low-carb, high-maintenance people like me!


I used to be a huge breakfast cereal fan.  There really is something just so right about a bowl of Cheerios.  But then I went off of dairy and wheat....  This is no bowl of Lucky Charms, but it is pretty good, in my opinion, and it's super good for you!  All the seeds are alkalizers, which means they combat the acidifying effects of stress and poor diet choices (coffee, I'm looking at you!).  The chia seeds have the added bonus of keeping you full longer and dosing up on those Omega-3s.


Ingredients:

  • slivered almonds
  • pumpkin seeds (pepitas) 
  • rolled gluten-free oats (optional - if you don't use oats, double your almonds)
  • sunflower seeds
  • stevia powder 
  • dairy-free milk substitute (I use almond milk most of the time)
  • milled chia seeds 
  • bonus ingredients of your choice: dried fruits, fresh fruits, other nuts, cinnamon, cocoa powder, etc.
The percentages of each are really up to you, but I do about one-third almonds, one-third oats, and then split the remaining third between sunflower and pumpkin seeds.  The stevia is to taste, and the chia seeds should be added last to, um, avoid slime.  

You can do this two ways.  Version 1: Mix up all dry ingredients except for chia seeds in a mason jar.  Cover with water or some kind of milk, screw on the lid, and stick it in the fridge overnight.  Your oats will absorb all the liquid in there.  In the morning, top off with milk, chia seeds, and fresh fruits.  I recommend peaches, especially if any of your ingredients (my sunflower seeds) are salted. 

Version 2: Mix up everything all at once and eat it, because you're hungry and you don't think ahead because you're in college/busy/tired/just didn't get around to it, okay?  

There you have it!  Fruit Loops' plain but waaay healthier second cousin!  Let me know if you try it, and what kind of fixin's you like best!