You see, I was a granola in college. This was before I met Président Butter (which I totally should’ve nicknamed le bf instead), before I schooled and tooled in pastry.
My salad days were just that. And yogi specials, and spirulina shakes. Of course, what I wanted to be rock ‘n roll. So bad. I played keyboard in a band, went to too many shows, and did weird things to my t-shirts with scissors.
But even now, I get nostalgic for the granola.
I’ve been feeling it even more lately, maybe because all these bands are doing reunion shows. After which I’ve been having a bowl of this creamy, fruity, ice cold muesli.
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. half + half, milk, or almond milk
1/4 a vanilla bean
a pinch of salt
a small orange or tangerine
1/4 c. + 2 TB raisins
1/4 c + 2 TB pecans
1/4 c. + 2 TB almonds
1/4 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4-1/2 c. yogurt, plus more as needed
2 TB honey
optional: sunflower seeds, wheat germ, wheat bran, flaxseeds (add to the nut mixture the night before), other fruit (add with the apple)
The night before, combine the oats and milk in a large sealable container or bowl. Scrape the vanilla bean in, add the salt, and stir. Cover and refrigerate. Put the used vanilla bean in your sugar or the next morning’s coffee.
In another container, squeeze the citrus into the raisins. It’s more than okay if pieces of fruit fall in, too. Cover and refrigerate.
Toast the nuts at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes. Toast the coconut for about 6-8 minutes. While they are toasting, pit and chop the prunes. Let them cool a bit, then finely chop the nuts. Mix all this together in a bowl and cover.
The next morning, add the raisins + juice to the oats. Stir in the nut mix, setting some aside for the topping. Core and grate the apple into it. Stir in the honey and as much yogurt as you like. Top with extra nut mix, fruit, etc.
Scoop out what you want for breakfast that morning and save the rest for the next.
Do you make muesli? What’s your recipe?