Looking for a thoughtful party favor or teacher gift?
I've thrown many baby showers in my day, almost too many to count. So now, being on the other side of things seems a little strange. Knowing what all goes into creating a baby shower, I decided I would make a special gift bag for those who are hosting a baby shower for me. Inside the bags I'm including little jars filled with my homemade muesli. Hopefully I can show my dear friends in some small way what a huge blessing they are to me.
If you have never experienced homemade muesli before, let me tell you a little more about this good-for-you breakfast treat. Muesli is similar to granola, but dry-roasted without any oils or sugars added. You may add a number of grains, seeds and nuts to your muesli to make it to your liking.
My recipe is simple, adding only a few nuts, but there’s a ton of flexibility. Feel free to add barley flakes or subtract a grain or two for a simpler combination. You can use whatever seeds you have on hand: pumpkin, sesame, flax or chia seeds. And the same rule applies for the nuts too! Just add in your favorites in whatever ratio you prefer. (This recipe is more of a guideline and less of a strict process!)
Once you've picked out your grain, seed, and nut combination, decide what you want to toast. For me, I like the pepita (or pumpkin seeds) toasted as well as the oats, coconut and nuts. Toast the ingredients until fragrant or slightly browned and no further. This will make for a rustic and balanced breakfast.
When it comes time to enjoy your muesli, mix it in with yogurt, diced or shredded fresh fruit, or dried fruit. My personal favorite way to eat muesli is to mix it with shredded apple, frozen raspberries and top it all off with a drizzle of honey.
You'll find your favorite combinations and when you do, please return to comment and let us know what you came up with!
Now let’s get started making muesli.
First, assemble your ingredients and preheat your oven to 350 °F.
Chop and toast nuts for 5-7 minutes or until fragrant. Let cool, then roughly chop.
Toast oats and coconut until lightly brown, about 12-15 minutes, stirring two to three times to prevent burning.
Toast pepitas for five minutes. Mix together all of the ingredients.
Measure about one cup of muesli into an 8-ounce jar. Label jars with the following directions: Mix muesli with 1/2 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup fruit (frozen or fresh). Drizzle with honey or agave.” You’re done!