Our Favorite Summer Breakfast

Muesli, or ‘Bircherm├╝esli’ as we first came to know it from our Swiss-German friends, became a “staple” summertime food with my family as I was growing up. When Phil and I were dating or first married (can’t remember when exactly), he was introduced to it and liked it immediately and it has now become our most popular summertime breakfast as well.

Folks sometimes turn up their noses or look at me sceptically when I explain that the base of this cereal is raw oats. But maybe it’s one of those things you just have to try before throwing out the idea completely. If you do happen to try muesli, I’d love to know what you think of it.
Wikipedia’s definition of muesli is right on according to my experience, plus I learned some interesting things about it’s origin and other ways to make it. Check it out and do some experimenting of your own! In the meantime, here is our favorite concoction and the measurements that serve our family of 3-4. But be warned, Phil and Dietrich eat a LOT, so you may want to start out with a very small amount til you are sure you like it.
//Shelly’s Muesli//
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cups coconut
Fresh fruit of choice~it’s the key to a delicious muesli~: bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc. (I’m currently using some of our wineberries leftover in the freezer, mixed with fresh strawberries. Makes the milk really cold and stretches those expensive strawberries a little.)
Generous dashes of Cinnamon
Sweetener of choice (We usually use a little maple syrup, agave, or damarra sugar.)
Enough milk til it’s your desired consistancy.
Let set a few minutes before serving. (If using regular oats, you’ll want to let set for about 30 minutes.)
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6 Responses to Our Favorite Summer Breakfast

  1. Anonymous May 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    muesli got a post all it's own. it deserved it. joe

  2. Heidi May 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    I just made this for Vincent the other morning for breakfast and he really liked it. I didn't try it with coconut tho, so I'll have to try that to see if he likes it. I'd forgotten about it until we got fresh strawberries in our garden and remembered that it's a great way to use fresh fruit. Good stuff!

  3. lil June 1, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I knew you chew on this……but thanks for the recipe, we will officially try it.Perfect time of year,too. And strawberries are free at 363, so come on over!

  4. Christy June 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    YUM! I wasn't sure I'd like it, but it's healthful, and I need to lose weight, so…. I made mine with frozen raspberries, and I love it. Totally hooked. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Twila Henry June 22, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    Michelle Beachy recommended this…..it looks SO good and the fresh strawberries add to the appeal! May have to try it tomorrow morning! :) Thanks!!

  6. Lydia Jo July 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    I just tried this the other morning. Love it. It makes me laugh, so simple and yet so new to me. Thanks.

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