I'm a granola maker. We go through heaps of it.
But my mister loves raw oats that have been soaked overnight with some yogurt to start the enzyme process, then cooked in the morning. Fine and dandy, but he is not a man who cooks before work, and he did not marry a woman who gets up and fixes her husband breakfast before he heads out the door. So far, he still loves me.
Well, lo and behold, I'm flipping through Jamie Oliver's "Return of the Naked Chef" cookbook at a friend's house, and here's a recipe for something called Pukkolla. It sounds Finnish, doesn't it? Either way, it's essentially muesli. Bingo! Happy husband breakfast, made simple. I had to make some changes to make it work for us, but Jamie gets snaps for his brilliant idea.
Protein, whole grains, fat, enzymes, fruit - ALL in one bowl. Breakfast of real champions.
A couple of ingredient notes:
1. PLEASE use whole milk and whole milk yogurt. Skim, lowfat, nonfat - those words and products have no place in a healthy kitchen.
2. Old Fashioned Rolled Oats are what you should use for this. Not instant or quick.
3. Choose your favorite nuts and dried fruits. Pick what you love, what you will eat.
4. It is very true that soaking oats overnight make them more digestible. We're using milk and yogurt here - the yogurt is the key ingredient to start the enzyme process.
5. You can add fresh fruit for serving. Jamie adds grated apple, smushed banana, and/or fresh berries.
In a nutshell, this is what I made and it was declared "Ah-May-Zing" by Eric this morning. It'll keep nicely in an airtight container for weeks.
8 cups organic rolled oats
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 cup chopped, dried apricots
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sliced almonds
Mix all those in a big bowl. Keep in an airtight container.
TO SERVE: The night before, put a cup or so of the muesli into a smaller container, add whole milk to cover and a dollop (tablespoon) of whole milk yogurt. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate. The next morning, add honey to taste, another dollop of yogurt, and fresh berries or sliced banana if you like.
Here's a picture of the dry muesli: