We learned to appreciate oats to their fullest when we lived in the UK. Those close to me might think this is funny because “granola” definitely comes to mind as a word people use to describe me. Yes, I love granola and all that hippy stuff. But I never truly diverged from granola until I ate Bircher Muesli whilst traveling around Australia in 2015. After that trip, I had a slight obsession with Bircher Muesli, overnight oats, and chia pudding.
Fast forward to 2 years later. My mother-in-law, Brenda, was visiting for the second time in 6 months. One of her first stops in England is to Tesco; she had previously purchased a bag of their muesli and fell in love with it. The other thing she fell in love with was sticky toffee pudding (but that’s another story for another time). But now that she was visiting with my mom to meet Oliver, she had the opportunity to grab another bag of it to take home for recreation purposes. And for those not in the know, Tesco is a British grocery store. And their muesli is pretty darn perfect. Not too sweet, a bit of crunch, and a lot of flavors for a breakfast, brunch, or snack. I love it with greek-style yogurt and berries. El loves it topped with almond milk.
Brenda figured out a close recipe, and I thought I’d share it with you. And to be honest, I’m sharing it for El to find later. Because Lord knows he’d rather look up a recipe online than in a cookbook or recipe box.
- 400 g old-fashioned oats, raw
- 100 g raisins
- 100 g dates, chopped
- 100 g dried apricots, chopped
- 100 g raw sunflower seeds
- 100 g raw hazelnuts
- 60 g unsweetened coconut flakes
- Chop the dates and dried apricots into the approximate size of the raisins.
- Combine ingredients.
- Stored in a sealed container.
- Enjoy with your choice of dairy or non-dairy yogurt or milk.
- Use unsweetened dried fruit.
- Pecans or other nuts can be used in place of hazelnuts.
- Add each of the dried fruits separately and toss in the oats.
- Tossing the fruit in the oats leaves a layer of "oat dust" on the outside to prevent clumping.