Becky Jo's Lazy Muesli Recipe
We had a few conversations on IG about peri- and menopause and how to keep things...uh....moving. My found solution is Muesli. Buuuut make it lazy. And seasonally appreciative.
I started with the Bob's Red Mill Muesli, but quickly realized I'm paying 8 bucks for something I could clearly make for $7.50. I jest, but I can make it cheaper once I buy in bulk.
"More out at once for less money in the long run" will be on my tombstone with my Costco card.
Here's my recipe. I double it to make more at once, but you do you.
Set oven to 325F
- 4 cups old fashioned rolled oatmeal
- 1/2 cup each: hemp hearts, ground flax, chia seeds, quinoa, pepitas or sunflowers
Swoosh around to mix on large sheet pan lined with parchment paper (optional but easier to make a cone with to funnel into jars.) Set timer for 10 minutes and put in oven. Re-swoosh around, and set timer again for 10 minutes. Repeat for a total of 40 minutes. I go for a light toasting. I use my smart watch to set the timer so I can get other things done because I'm terrible at sitting still and end up burning things that require "watching." Let cool completely. This is important or it will steam in your storage container and then you risk mildew.
If you're doing two pans at a time like I do, you may need to rotate pans and add an extra 10 minutes.
There you have it. I keep mine stored in 1 gallon restaurant service jars I've had since I was a teenager but there are much prettier options out there. Use what you like, just make sure it's airtight.
To prep, I hit the electric kettle to boil as I make my morning coffee. I layer in my bowl 1/4-1/3 cup of my Lazy Muesli. Add flavorings of the day. Lately I've been trying to really enjoy the summer PNW berry season. I pour over just enough boiling water to cover the oats and get the bottoms of the berries wet.
Then I walk away. I go do my yoga, take a shower, whatever. By the time I get back to it, it's all soaked in and taste like a berry pie. I had some leftover cream from shortcake, so put in a little splash.
To test this, I DID try it with frozen berries as well. The frozen doesn't warm all the way through, so you don't get the same berry pie feel of lightly cooked berries if you just pour over. I did some thawed and that worked better. Frozen are less sweet, so a smidge of raw sugar or agave may help get that summer fix during the winter!
I'll experiment with more toppings as the seasons change and keep you updated in emails. Let me know if you try it out!