Cherry Hazelnut Muesli

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Makes about

    4 cups

Appears in

Good to the Grain

By Kim Boyce

Published 2010

  • About

Muesli is a hearty Swiss breakfast cereal made of oats, nuts, and dried fruits. Like granola, it can include a wide variety of ingredients. Instead of cherries and hazelnuts, use any combination of nuts and dried fruits, or add different spices or grains to the mix. Make a batch of muesli and keep it in a jar on the counter. In the morning, pour organic whole milk into a bowl with the muesli and top with loads of fresh seasonal fruit and a sprinkle of salt (yes, salt—it brings out the flavors). Stir a spoonful of honey in, too.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole raw hazelnuts, skins on
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups rye flakes
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon wheat bran
  • ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • Generous cup dried cherries
  • Generous cup dried cranberries

Method

  1. Place the oven racks at the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Toss the hazelnuts together with the oil and salt and spread them on a baking sheet. Toast for 16 to 18 minutes, stirring the nuts halfway through. The nuts should be fragrant and dark brown, but not burnt. Leave the skins from the nuts on for a rustic touch in both appearance and taste.
  2. While the nuts are toasting, spread the rye flakes in a single layer on another baking sheet. Toast the rye flakes in the same oven simultaneously for 10 minutes, until golden and crunchy. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  3. Once the nuts have cooled, roughly chop them, leaving a few whole. Add them to a large bowl along with the rye flakes, ¼ cup wheat bran, and quinoa flakes.
  4. Mix the cherries and cranberries with the remaining wheat germ, to prevent sticking. Chop them into halves or thirds, leaving some whole. Add them to the bowl and toss together with your hands.
  5. The muesli can be eaten immediately, or you can wait until it’s cooled completely and store it in an airtight container. It will keep for at least 2 weeks.