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Marvelous Meusli June 13, 2010

Some days, a girl needs to bypass the stove, bypass the cutting board, the microwave, you name it.  Some days, a girl needs instant gratification.  A bowl, cold milk, and the crunchy/sweet satisfaction of cereal.  But the truth is, I abandoned brand cereal years ago.  It was too expensive, too sugary, and the ingredients were too hard to pronounce.

It took trial and error, but I’ve finally rested upon a combination that cuts out wheat and barley (known sources of gluten*) without giving up traditional meusli attributes.

The beauty of this is that the dried fruit and nuts may be switched out as you like.   I started with a Trader Joe’s combination of dried mango, blueberries and cranberries.    For the next batch, there was naught but dried cranberries on hand.  Both were delicious!

HOME-MADE MEUSLI

2 cups of thin-rolled oats (slightly lighter and more thinly cut than regular rolled oats.)

1 cup oat bran

3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 roasted slivered almonds

1 cup dried berries, raisins, or other dried fruit

Serve with milk, honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon, fresh berries or bananas, or sprinkle over yogurt.  Store in an airtight container.

*I realize that oats don’t always pass as gluten free.  Please double check with your gluten-free eaters to find out if they can tolerate oats.  Some say it depends on whether the oats were processed in a gluten-free facility.  (Oats are often processed in facilities that also process wheat, which can lead to being contaminated with gluten.)

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