Muesli makes the perfect portable breakfast – the oats absorb moisture from the yogurt and grated apple, making it soft and chewy with no need for cooking. As with granola, you can add any nuts, seeds, coconut or dried fruit you like – or add cinnamon or ginger – and top with a drizzle of maple syrup, handful of fresh berries and/ or chopped toasted nuts for added crunch. Muesli also makes a great snack to power you through hiking, cycling or other outdoor activities.
1 cup (250 ml) quick or old-fashioned oats
1 large apple, coarsely grated (leave the skin on)
2 cups (500 ml) plain or vanilla yogurt
a pinch of cinnamon
a handful of dried fruit, chopped nuts and/or seeds (optional)
fresh berries (optional)
maple syrup (optional)
In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, apple, yogurt, cinnamon and any dried fruit, nuts and seeds you like – quantities don’t matter.
If you like, divide the mixture into individual jars before letting it sit for half an hour, or refrigerate for up to three days.
Serve plain, or topped with maple syrup, berries and/or chopped nuts.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, June 2015.