Whether it’s Autumn or spring, we all love a good breakfast! For me, that means something sweet.
A hearty plate of gf pancakes or..even better a big bowl of Museli. It doesn’t come cheap, though, does it?
With a £6 price tag on even a basic range of the good stuff and a hefty portion of sugar and fat to boot. It makes this breakfast more of a luxury treat than a healthier alternative.
So what can we do about that?
With this quick and budget friendly recipe, you are able to create your own flavour combinations and a nutritional boost! With a typical bag of Muesli, you have no control over the fruit and nut content of your cereal. It’s up to you what you put into yours!
A versatile base recipe that will withstand any mixture of ingredients, to create a unique balance of flavours for each taste preference. Not to mention the health benefits of creating your own cereal. Cut out the added sugar and add in your own nutritional boost!
Wheat (weet bix)
Nuts: Almonds, Hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews.
Fruit: Raisins, currants, Citrus peel, blueberries, raspberries, red currants, cranberries.
*I prepare my own nut and seed blend (I’ll be updating this post with the link to how I find the best nuts and fruits on the market for cheap!
This should have around 180-240 Calories with dairy milk, with a vegan alternative (Try some dairy-free milk!) this should come in at 120-170 calories. For an easy and budget friendly boost you could try Holland & Barrets ready made seeds and cranberry mix for only £1.
I eat this muesli with protein powder or just on its own 3-4 times a week and use non-branded cereals. Wheetbisks and own brand oats coming in at less than £3 for both! I batch make it using 4 Weetabix, 120g of oats and half a cup of mixed fruit; raisins, cranberries, citrus peel, sultanas and mixed nuts and seeds; Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, almonds and 1 whole walnut. It lasts me for 3 weeks, so around 15 portions.
Mix up the flavour combinations or try one of my suggestions below.
Traditional Alpen at £4 a bag (1.5kg) vs homemade muesli (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts. Raisins & orange zest) which comes in at £2.58 for the same amount! Not to mentioned the reduced sugars and added bonus of creating your own recipes!
Why not try:
A walnut combination:
With walnuts being high in fats that promote brain health a walnut mix seems perfect to start the day. Low in fat and sugar. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts. Raisins & orange zest.
With walnuts being high in fats I try to introduce them to all of my muesli’s and this one isn’t an exception. I’m adding blueberries to this as they’re great in antioxidants too. Low in fat and sugar. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts. Raisins & orange zest & topped with blueberries.
Mix it up with fresh fruit:
Whatever fruit and nut combination you enjoy, top it with blueberries, bananas (benefits of eating bananas) or sliced apple!
A dessert-style treat:
I recently spotted someone adding yoghurt to their muesli and have become an aficionado of adding yoghurt to my evening muesli.
A Christmassy affair:
Try this one with hot milk and a dash of cinnamon to get you in the Christmas spirit! Crushed brazil nuts (only 1 or 2), almonds, hazelnuts. Raisins, orange zest & cranberries and a dash of cinnamon in your hot milk!
If you want more delicious ways to eat your oats why not pop over to oatsolicious and have a browse of the ultimate list of oaty treats!