|Muesli Mixed and Ready to Eat|
|Dry Garden Fountain|
I have come to love mornings, the earlier, the better. The quiet, the solitude, the light... I love it all. My dogs are morning dogs too. They accompany me on my stroll through the garden... doing the occasional "bad dog" thing...But having fun nonetheless.
Morning has become a quiet and meditative time of day for me. A time of day which I savor as much as my meals.
|Winslow Dog - Ready for|
His Early Morning Walk
I have tried many breakfast cereals over the years and there are a few that I enjoy. But nothing beats putting my own together since I get to choose the ingredients and control how much sugar I add to the mix.
One of the easiest and healthiest cereals you can make is muesli (pronounced myoos-lee or myooz-lee). According to Reference.com, muesli was created by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner who was a great proponent of the healthful benefits of raw fruits and vegetables during a time when meat and white bread were the staples.
Since his invention in the late 19th century of muesli, there have been many variations of the recipe, most of which are quite different than his original combination. To see Dr. Bircher-Benner's original recipe go to Reference.com at http://www.reference.com/browse/Muesli?o=100082.
My muesli is a little more decadent than his and totally delicious. This recipe is also a dry version of muesli. Some recipes call for the dry mix to be soaked in or moistened with milk, yogurt, cream, fruit juice, or other liquids from the beginning. I like to keep mine dry because it keeps longer and you can take it with you as trail mix too.
|Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in|
Chocolate Cranberry Nut Muesli
1/4 C Dried Cranberries
4 squares (about a half ounce) of Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate, chopped. If you don't have this chocolate, you can replace it for another brand of dark chocolate. If you can find one with almonds or dried fruit, that would be best. Otherwise, plain dark sweetened chocolate works.
1/4 C Chopped Walnuts
In a bowl, combine the rolled oats, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, chopped chocolate and brown sugar.
Mix the ingredients well and move to an air tight container. You can leave it overnight to let the flavors blend prior to serving it for breakfast.
I enjoy this simple mix of muesli, but you can also add other ingredients, such as dried chopped figs, dried chopped dates, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oat bran, toasted wheat bran, golden raisins, dried strawberries, dried mango, dried blueberries, dried chopped prunes... it's endless!
Traditionally, when you serve the muesli, you add milk, cream, yogurt, or fruit juice. You can also be more creative and add hot chocolate or even coffee! Also, if you want to incorporate fresh fruit in the mix, add it just before serving. It's delicious with apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. Muesli is a wonderful way to power-up your mornings. The combination of ingredients will keep you going well into lunchtime! Now I know what I missed by sleeping in late!