Superfood Muesli

February 18, 2015

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Oh, cereal. We have a history. Growing up it was give me all the fruit loops and honey grams you could muster. Or maybe I felt like having my milk turn chocolatey so I would grab the coco puffs. Or maybe I had a basketball game that day and needed some good fortune so I would go for the lucky charms. And hey, I would never have turned down a bowl of kix. Or corn puffs. Or any version of the famous pebbles and captain crunch. I almost forgot, HONEYCOMB. Yeah, I was a cereal-head, and still would be if it wasn’t for that thing called “knowledge” that your sweet, naive kid-ness gets tainted with as you get older. All the processed sugar and gluten and additives that were probably reeking havoc on my developing nervous system. Man they tasted so good. But then had to go bye-bye once the truth was revealed to me. As did cheese-its, wheat thins, and so many other wonderfully horrible for you packaged goods. It was around this time that the word “calorie” was explained to me, and when I was explained the difference between working out and going outside to play. Ever since this time in my life I have been trying to hold onto kid-dom in any way I can. Which is part of the reason I love going camping and getting off the grid to go adventure and play. Only out there can my mind be truly free of the adult obligations I balance each day in life. Where your kid spirit is free to play. I try to find ways to do this on a more attainable day to day too, such as with my grown up cereal! Okay, okay it may not be captain crunch. But the freeze dried berries remind me of those crunchy, fruity orbs of deliciousness that use to float in my cereal bowl (TRIX, I almost forgot TRIX!). Plus my adult conscience can fear not with the amount of superfood goodness found in this bowl. Superfood deliciousness equals a better equipped and energized body that is now ready to go outside and play!

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Oh muesli, how has it taken this long for me to find you? (Never mind that I pronounced you wrong until my two favorite kiwis set me straight in this video.) You are so perfect. You do not require any added sugar like your granola counterpart, or any cooking like your oatmeal sister. You are raw and the perfect cereal. Okay now I’m done being odd and talking to my muesli. I mix up my grains with gluten free rolled oats, flaked quinoa, and flaked amaranth. Then I add in superfood chia seeds, hemp seeds, and some cardamom for extra flavor. After scooping my mix into a bowl I top it off with sunflower seeds, pepitas, and my “summer fix” in the winter – freeze dried berries! I prefer to soak my sunflower seeds and pepitas overnight to activate them and make digesting them even easier – but you can eat them in their raw form if that’s your thing. Make sure you buy organic freeze dried berries to avoid eating concentrated balls of pesticides. Click here for info on why freeze dried fruit is so good for you, and here for a great gluten free grain mix if you do not wish to make your own. Happy cereal munching!

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Make 4 servings of 1/2 cup each.

Ingredients
muesli
2 cups rolled grains*
4 teaspoons chia seeds
4 teaspoons hemp seeds
1/4 teaspoon cardamom

toppings
sunflower seeds
pepitas hulled pumpkin seeds
freeze dried berries
almond milk

*For the rolled grains I used a mixture of gluten free rolled oats, flaked quinoa, and flaked amaranth. You can also get ahold of a blend of these three here.

Toss your grains, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and cardamom (cinnamon is wonderful too) together and store in an airtight glass jar at room temperature. Scoop 1/2 cup portion into a bowl, top with your desired amount of toppings, and serving with almond milk (or your choice of milk). Mix well and keep a little almond milk on the side to add as you eat if you’d like, seeing as the grains soak up quite a bit.

30 Comments

  • Reply Kathryn February 18, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I’m trying to make my breakfasts slightly less of a sugar-bomb than they can be at the moment so this = totally perfect.

    PS I’m now stuck in a very enjoyable flight of the conchords youtube spiral. Thank you.

    • Reply Faring Well February 18, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Right?! So awesome. And thank you, so glad you like!

      Ps. Somehow I just knew you would click on that link and enjoy it, seriously wish we lived on the same continent. I’ll take our blogosphere friendship, still, cause we are rocking a kindred spirit here.

  • Reply Faith VanderMolen February 18, 2015 at 7:31 am

    You just shared my story to a “t”. I used to be a cereal lover/addict, but then I learned what I was actually eating. Yeah, no more store bought cereal for me! Thank goodness for muesli!

    Great photos as always!

    • Reply Faring Well February 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Right?! So sad, but yay muesli! And thanks so much Faith, I appreciate it!!

  • Reply Taylor Jackson February 18, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Jessie…I am obsessed with all of your creations! Keep up the good work! Where do you recommend getting all of these ingredients? Sprouts? Whole Foods?

    • Reply Faring Well February 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Taylor!! It’s been so long, so good to hear from you. And THANK YOU! That means a ton :). And for these ingredients, you can definitely find them at either of those places. Whole Foods for sure. I order my freeze dried berries from Amazon, though, and try to find most of the seeds in bulk bins!

  • Reply Caitlin February 18, 2015 at 11:17 am

    i was a cereal head, too. my favorite- reeses chocolate peanut butter puffs. SO BAD. also, cheese its and every other horrible thing in the world. what about s’mores pop tarts? did you love them, too?

    i love that there is no added sugar in this muesli and also those freeze dried raspberries are beautiful. i really need to get summa them.

    • Reply Faring Well February 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Oh my goodness give me all the strawberry pop tarts – and those special edition ones for Sponge Bob Square Pants. As for the s’mores, I can’t say I was super drawn to them, but that’s probably because I am so obsessed with the real things that I get my fill there. And yes – freeze dried berries are awesomesauce! You gotta get ahold of some asap!

  • Reply renee (will frolic for food) February 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    superfood muesli! or, sorry, meeeewzli. haha! is that really how you say it? I always thought it was mwesli! Man… now that I know I can never go back. anyhoo, i love this! It’s so easy I can totally start incorporating it on the daily. And how did I forget about dried blueberries?!?!! That plus almonds (and all the hemp/chia I can scrounge) sounds like breakfast heaven. Thanks for this!

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2015 at 9:10 am

      I know its so hard for me to correct myself now too! I kept calling it meewseelee! And thanks so much Renee! Glad you love it, and yes you gotta get on those freeze dried blueberries, they are my absolute fave.

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures February 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I can absolutely relate to everything you said about hanging on to kid-dom. I love camping and being off the grid – having time to just play. Getting rid of the pressure of being adult-ish lets all of my creativity come out and the stress melts away! Anyway, this looks absolutely delicious! I’m dying to get some freeze-dried berries now. And amaranth flakes – I didn’t even know those were a thing!
    I’ve been lurking/adoring your blog for a while now and I just wanted you to know how much I love it. :) Seriously, how is everything you post so amazing?!!

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Right?! Glad to know someone else can relate. And yes you gotta, I get mine from Amazon cause their harder to find organic in stores around me. And amaranth flakes are new to me too! Super yummy in the blend. And oh my goodness girl way to make me blush – you are too sweet! Thank you!!

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen February 18, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    My favourite as a kid was Cap’n Crunch. Ugh, so delicious. But I’ve grown to really love healthy breakfasts like oatmeal – and this muesli. So gorgeous! I dream of a day where it’s normal for kids to eat something like this for breakfast rather than sugary cereals. That’s the dietitian in me talking. My inner kid hopes that sugary cereals will stick around to be enjoyed every once in a while haha. ;)

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Haha yes, I struggle with than inner conflict too (get rid of sugary cereals, keep sugary cereals for nostalgic moments, get rid of them and save the future generations, keep them… bah!)

  • Reply Brittany February 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Oh cereal. I was the same way growing up! I still eat it every now and then for nostalgic benefits. Although now I pick healthier options. :)

    This muesli looks delicious. I love the addition of the freeze dried berries.

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Ah yes, nostalgia. And thanks so much Brittany, the berries definitely make this a hit.

  • Reply Jodi February 19, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Was more of a Golden Grahams girl myself, with honey nut cheerios on the regular too. Nothing better than cereal. This one looks so good. Cardamom is my spice du jour as of late – can’t get enough! Lovely as always x

    • Reply Faring Well February 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Seriously, right there with you. I actually went to a food tasting as a kid and got to taste the original honey grahams before they were released and vote for or against them. Needless to say how I voted, I was a very happy kid when those came to our market shelves a few months later!! And thanks so much about the muesli, its so dang good and as close as I can get to those cereal days!! <3

  • Reply Anja @ brooklyn-portland February 21, 2015 at 7:03 am

    You are so right….muesli is the perfect cereal, but you do have to make it, because all the store brands have so much added sugar (WHY?)! Your combo looks absolutely perfect…love the freeze dried fruit.

    • Reply Faring Well February 21, 2015 at 8:06 am

      I wonder why as well! So unnecessary. And thank you so much Anja!! <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens February 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I remember a time in my life when I LOVED frosted flakes. I don’t know why. I never had a thing for Froot Loops but I was definitely the annoying person in my family who picked out all the marshmallows from Lucky Charms haha!! Growing up my mom loved muesli and had it for breakfast everyday, so my breakfast routine was never sugary cereal 7 days a week, and I eventually came to love muesli just as much as my mom does. Still, I could never give up the two other sisters that make up the holy trinity- I love oatmeal/porridge way too much and granola is sooo perfect and crunchy and just so yummy. This muesli looks and sounds so delicious and I can’t wait to try it! Gorgeous photos as always. Have a happy and warm weekend, Jessie!

  • Reply Christine // my natural kitchen February 22, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Hah, I was pronouncing it wrong and had no idea! I LOVE breakfasts like this – so delicious and nourishing (and beautiful!) – thank you!

    • Reply Faring Well February 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Haha I think most of us were! Too funny. And thanks so much for you kind words Christine!!

  • Reply kristie {birch and wild} February 22, 2015 at 10:36 am

    This is the prettiest muesli ever! I had the same relationship with cereal growing up, so I totally related to what you wrote here. This looks like a much healthier way to start the day :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Aw thank you! Super appreciate it, and I agree – way more nourishing <3

  • Reply Erin@WellPlated February 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Growing up, we’d race each other to the kitchen for the Trix and Cinnamon life, a bowl of cereal was my go-to afterschool snack. For me, muesli is a recent romance, and I’m in love for life. I agree with you—no cooking, no added sugar, wholly satisfying. It really is perfect!

    • Reply Faring Well February 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      It’s a recent one for me too! Such a better, more wholesome alternative. So glad it exists!

  • Reply Brian @ A Thought For Food February 23, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    That’s one striking breakfast. So many amazing colors and textures and flavors.

  • Reply Angela Hunter October 28, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Have you tried having your muesli the Scandinavian way. …which is actually the traditional way? Instead of milk use the juice of a freshly squeezed orange and top with natural yoghurt. It’s my staple breakfast every morning. Delicious. 😊

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