You never know what’s in packaged muesli, but you can get an idea by reading the label. Once you start reading labels, it’s scary just how high the sugar levels are. In one packet I saw recently there were 13 grams of sugar in a single 100g serve of muesli – that’s 4 teaspoons of sugar!
When you buy commercial muesli – or other cereals – they may not be all that healthy.
If in doubt, take control
Lots of things are hard to make at home – but natural muesli ISN’T one of them.
It’s VERY easy to make natural muesli, and you get a breakfast full of flavour and crunch for very little effort. So why not make your own healthy version?
This recipe just takes a cup measure and a bit of shaking. It lasts 2 adults for a month, eaten twice a week in half-cup serves.
3 cups of rolled oats, steel cut are best
3/4 cup oat bran
1 cup rolled quinoa
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (try The Pumpkin Seed Co. near Myrtleford, Vic for the best)
1/3 cup coconut chips
1/3 cup linseeds (ground if you’re over 50 for extra phyto-oestrogen value); for freshness best to grind yourself using a coffee/spice grinder, then keep in fridge
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup chopped walnuts/pecans
1/3 cup sultanas/currants
1/3 cup goji berries
1 – 2 dessertspoons cinnamon and/cardamon powder or other spices to taste
- Measure ingredients into a 3 litre container.
- Shake to combine.
- Ideally take 1/2 cup and soak overnight in some water, then if cold weather make into a warm porridge with some fresh berries or grated apple on top or in warm weather add some non sugar yoghurt/kefir and some fresh fruit just before eating.