All Guns Blazing Supercharged Muesli
This gluten-free and nutrient-packed muesli puts many commercial varieties to shame! Where to begin with the nutritional highlights?
Almonds deliver protein, fibre and valuable fats. They also give a good crunch factor.
Despite having ‘wheat’ in its name, buckwheat is wheat and gluten free. It is a rich source of magnesium as well as the bioflavonoid rutin that strengthens capillaries. ‘Activated’ buckwheat (available at many health stores) has been soaked and dehydrated. In this way, the nutrients have been activated and their bioavailability is enhanced.
Linseeds and chia seeds are high in protein, fibre and essential omega-3 fatty acid. Cacao nibs are one of the most potent antioxidants found in nature, and boast high levels of magnesium, iron, chromium and zinc. Interestingly, cacao contains phenylethylamines (PEAs) that increase mental alertness. Cacao also contains the amino acid tryptophan essential for the making of serotonin, our happy neurotransmitter. Goji berries promote longevity and vitality through an abundance of antioxidants and a nutrient-dense profile. Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar levels by slowing down gastric emptying, leaving us feeling fuller for longer.
So, make a batch and tuck in!
Ingredients (Makes ~ 1kg)
1½ cups (225g) raw almonds
2 cups (330g) activated buckwheat
½ cup (60g) mixed black and white sesame seeds
¼ cup (40g) linseeds (flaxseeds)
½ cup (60) sunflower seeds
½ cup (70g) pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
¼ cup (45g) chia seeds
½ cup (70g) cacao nibs
1 cup (90g) Goji berries
1 cup (50g) chipped/flaked coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds to coarsely chop. Alternatively, chop the almonds using a knife. Place into a mixing bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients into the bowl. Mix to combine well and transfer to airtight jar.
Serve ½ cup muesli on 3 tablespoons (100g) of natural yoghurt and top with 1/2 cup (75g) mixed berries. Defrosting frozen berries overnight is convenient and also yields a beautiful ‘berry juice’ which works well to moisten the muesli.