While spending January perfecting the art of smoothie making, I discovered that one of my favorite breakfasts is a thick berry smoothie topped with my muesli mix. If that sounds a bit weird to you, I highly recommend you try it. It’s good – really it is. Seems to make sense to me to just keep everything in one big glass rather than have a smoothie and a bowl of muesli alongside it too. Another way I love to eat it, is to warm up some frozen blueberries, top them with plain yogurt (I eat goats milk yogurt) and then top that with yummy muesli.
I started to make my own muesli a while ago when I got fed up with paying extortionate amounts for a tiny box of sugar free swiss muesli in the grocery store and struggled to find any that was gluten-free. I suddenly remembered that my mum always used to mix her own and it dawned on me that I could have much more control over my preferred ingredients that way too. Good granola is definitely easier to come by in the U.S. – even gluten-free, but I’ve come to accept that I’m a plain old muesli girl. Interestingly enough I noticed last summer that it’s the other way around back in Blighty – there granola is a much rarer and more expensive commodity and muesli’s abound ten to the dozen.
Here’s how I make it. (this amount fits nicely into my airtight storage container, but you can make more by simply increasing the ingredients proportionately). I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats and I save money by buying the oats online.
2 cups gluten free oats
1/2 cup gluten-free brown rice cereal
1/2 – 1 cup mixed nuts – I use different mixtures, but my favorites are slithered almonds with chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup dried fruit – I use cherries, but raisins or any other dried fruit works just as well
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/8 cup roasted flax seeds
It’s also almost a week now since that last day of D-tox January. Not wanting to leave all of those great recipes scattered around the blogosphere, we have decided to compile then into an e-book. Almost all of the D-tox January recipes will be in the e-book along with all of the great tips and tricks that were shared last month. The contributors have agreed to donate all proceeds to charity. I will reveal the charity and the release date of the e-book in the coming weeks and the book will be available to purchase via a page on this blog that will be linked to by the contributors, so that you can click to it from whichever wonderful blog you might be perusing.
Also note that one of the D-tox January contributors – Jen Cafferty – is currently organizing the GF Expo to be held in Chicago in April. Other contributors will also be there in different guises and the event looks action packed and full of great gluten-free vendors and some great cooking classes too. I’m sad that I won’t be able to make it, as we’ll be attending a wedding in New York that weekend, but exited that Jen is also organizing the Expo to be held in Dallas in October. Woo hoo.
And – last but not least – the three winners of the book giveaways for D-tox January were notified today. Heather, Cheryl and Becky – congratulations!