Aug 24 2010

Muesli – My Favourite Breakfast

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Muesli – My Favourite Breakfast

Koh Chang restaurantBetween 2001 and 2002, I lived in Thailand teaching English to Grade 4, 5 & 6 students. I spent most of my time in the North about an hour and a half from Chiang Mae in a city called Lampang. It was an interesting time to say the least and I enjoyed it for the most part, especially visiting an elephant sanctuary near Lampang and I’ll have more to say about it in another post.

Before leaving Thailand, I took a vacation on an island called Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border. It was here that I was introduced to my favourite breakfast muesli with fresh fruit and yogurt! Above is the restaurant where I ate every morning.

This may seem to be a strange breakfast to enjoy in Thailand. Muesli isn’t exactly the sort of food you’d expect to find in Asia.

However, in a land where almost every meal consists of rice, it was a welcome change and the habit grew on me. When I returned to Canada, I tried to duplicate the muesli breakfast using organic Swiss Muesli, but it was difficult to find the exact recipe and it didn’t taste the same.

After trying other packaged muesli, I finally settled on making my own and adapted a standard muesli recipe I found on the Internet.

It’s easy to combine various ingredients, but I usually use the following:

  • 5 cups whole flake oats
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Wheat germ
  • Crushed flax seeds

Mix the above together and toast in 325 degree oven for approximately 3 minutes. Stir and return to oven for another 3 minutes. Cool, then add the following:

  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried apricots (chopped)
  • Dried Papaya (chopped)
  • Dried apple (chopped)
  • Dates (chopped)
  • Blueberries
  • Any other dried fruit that suits your taste

Store in a cool, dry, air-tight container.

That’s it! My favourite muesli! It’s not exactly the same muesli that I enjoyed so much in Thailand, but it’s a good substitute, which I eat with fresh fruit – usually strawberries because I can buy them year-round and any other fruit such as blueberries, peaches, nectarines, pears, or anything that takes my fancy. In Thailand, the muesli was accompanied by papaya and mango, of course. The yogurt there was a plain variety that I haven’t been able to duplicate, so I add a couple of large tablespoons of my favourite yogurt – Liberty Mediterranean.

It may not be quite the same muesli breakfast, but it’s a good one that I enjoy almost every day.

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  1. Jen Davidsonon 26 Aug 2010 at 9:14 am

    I make a similar recipe that I eat most mornings, although I don’t put mine in the oven at all. It’s a yummy breakfast, isn’t it?

    Have you tried making your own yogurt? I use this recipe: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html
    It tastes so much better than store-bought, although if you don’t keep it warm enough while making it, it is very runny. (During the first heat wave, we discovered that a warm room made a huge difference, so we are more careful to make sure it’s warmed up enough and stays warm enough.)

    I didn’t know that you lived in Thailand. That’s fascinating!

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