They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. But, if you are like me and have to rush around in the mornings, it’s important to be able to prepare in advance. This perfect little jar of muesli is ideal for busy people and can be adapted to include whichever fruits and nuts suit you best. And if fruit and yoghurt is not your style, it works a treat with plain nut milks. Alternatively, for colder days, hold the oats and whip up a porridge over which the rest of the mixture can be generously sprinkled.
This mixture should do well as breakfast for one person over the course of a week, it will keep well in a sealed jar.
100 g oats
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
40 g almonds
Small handful of walnuts
2 tbsp pecan nuts
2 tbsp raw peanuts
4 Medjool dates, roughly chopped
Small handful of raisins, chopped
Small handful of dried cranberries, chopped
Fresh berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries (depending on what is in season)
Banana (1 per person)
Apple (1 per person)
Optional – nut milk or vegan yoghurt
Combine the oats and seeds in a large jar – mix well. Spread the nuts out onto a baking tray and toast at 200C for 5-8 minutes, until browned and fragrant. Quickly remove the nuts from the tray to prevent further toasting and leave to cool for five minutes. Using a pestle and mortar bash the cooled nuts to a roughly equal size. Wait for the nuts to cool completely before adding to the jarred oat mix, shake it up to mix well. Add the dried fruits to the oat jar and mix to ensure everything is well combined.
When ready to serve, slice the banana and apple and sprinkle over a generous selection of seasonal berries. Sprinkle over the muesli and add nut milk or a generous dollop of vegan yoghurt for a complete breakfast to start the day.