It was since a long time that I wanted to get rid of processed, laden with sugar and artificial flavors cereal and muesli from my life. But taste is a high priority especially for children. I was wondering if these homemade mueslis can even compete with the choco flakes and other yummy, low on nutrition cereals that we get easily in the market. Well, when I tried this one, it passed both the taste and nutrition tests. And so here I am making a much larger, second batch for my home. Hope you like this recipe. The best part with this recipe is its versatility. You can change the type of cereal, dry fruits and nuts as per your preference and serve with any seasonal or local fruit of your choice. That way you can keep changing the taste.This recipe does not contain any added sugar or honey. I prefer to add a tsp. of honey to the muesli while serving.
Ingredients (For about 750 gm. of muesli mix)
2.5 cups rolled oats
2.5 cups cornflakes and wheat flakes
2 cups makhana or foxnuts
1 large cup dry fruits ( I have used dried figs, dates and raisins. You can try dried prunes, cranberries or whatever else you like. It is purely as per taste. Remember these are your natural sweetening agents.)
1/2 cup nuts ( I have used slivered almonds and cashews here. Again you may use walnuts, pecans or anything else you like.)
Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C. In a baking tray, put aluminium foil and toast each cereal separately. Oats take around 3-4 minutes for light toasting, whereas, cornflakes take about a minute or two to toast. Be vigilant because there is nothing worse than burnt cereal or nuts. Foxnuts take about 3 minutes for light toasting, and they turn lovely and crispy. Toast nuts separately and keep a watchful eye. Toasting does enhance the flavor of your muesli. Now add all the ingredients together and mix well. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container. Serve with warm milk, honey or sugar as per taste and some seasonal fruit for a wholesome morning breakfast or anytime snack.
It does keep you full for longer. Experiment with the cereal. This is really very easy to make and delicious to eat. Even the kids love it. Try it! This recipe is inspired by Sangeeta Khanna’s amazing muesli recipe.