Strawberry Muesli with Walnuts

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Please tell me I am not the only one who spent time over the last week googling the difference between muesli and granola.  It must be on the forefront of many a persons mind.  After analyzing several sources, setting aside Bircher muesli as a totally separate dish, and purchasing a cute container of muesli from the store for analysis I came to this conclusion.  It is basically granola without the oil and maple syrup/honey.  Which, makes for a more sensible choice most days.

Most recipes suggest just combining raw oats with assorted other ingredients.  I felt they needed a little more excitement for me to sell it to the tiny people in the house.  So I pureed strawberries, tossed the oats in those, and baked for a bit.  Provided just enough sweetness to make me not miss granola at all.

strawberry muesli uncooked2 (1 of 1)

My favorite vehicle for this is yogurt.  Of course you can also mix it with some milk, add in fresh fruit (shredded apple is traditional – diced bananas is easy) and call it a meal also.

strawberry muesli finished close up (1 of 1)

Strawberry Muesli with Walnuts
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1-10oz bag of frozen strawberries, defrosted (I just microwaved them)
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 cup all bran
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
Instructions
  1. Oven to 350.
  2. In a blender or food processor (the mini food processor is perfect for stuff like this) – blend the strawberries, chia seeds and salt together until all liquid. Place the oats in a large bowl and pour the strawberry mixture over top. Toss together to coat all the oats and then spread on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. If you notice them starting to get brown, pull them out. You just want to dry them out from their strawberry bath, not get them too crispy brown.
  4. Combine the oats with the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.

 

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