Maple Pecan Homemade Muesli

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This toasted homemade muesli with pecans is a homemade breakfast cereal that’s healthier than granola, and even more delicious!

As a child, my family called me “cereal monster” for the massive quantities of breakfast cereal I ate. My daily routine was a few bowls for breakfast, a bowl for an after-school snack, and what about a bedtime snack? Cereal. Moving on to college, I developed an addiction to a certain cinnamon-flavored breakfast cereal as a study snack. Eating it straight out of the box gave me a cinnamon-sugar film under my fingernails, a sure sign of a late night cramming session. This was around the time Alex and I met, and to this day he teases me about my cereal obsession. So it’s with this history of cereal mania that I bring you this homemade muesli recipe!

We’ve chosen to use pecans in this homemade muesli for their naturally sweet taste and buttery texture. Also, we like that most of the world’s supply of pecans come from the US; they’re grown on farms in over a dozen Southern states. Pro tip: we recently learned that for best quality, shelled pecans should be stored in the refrigerator! You also can keep them refrigerated for up to 9 months, or up to 2 years in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer.

And, pecans don’t need to be thawed before using them in recipes (unless you’re grinding them to make pecan meal). If you’re wondering, pecans in the shell can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to a year. This was actually great news for us, since our refrigerator has a bit more room than our stuffed pantry! For more information and recipes with pecans, head over to the American Pecan Council website.

This toasted homemade muesli with pecans is a homemade breakfast cereal that’s healthier than granola, and even more delicious!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened large coconut flakes (not shredded coconut)
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan pieces
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus additional to serve
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Non-dairy milk or 2% milk, to serve

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Roughly chop the dried cherries and place them in a large bowl.
  3. Spread the oats evenly on a baking sheet, then place the coconut in another even layer over the top. On another baking sheet, place the pecan pieces. Bake both trays for about 10 minutes, watching closely, until the coconut is evenly golden brown. Remove the trays from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup and vanilla, then heat it in the microwave until warmed through, about 20 seconds (alternatively, heat on the stovetop). In a large bowl, combine the toasted oats, coconut, and pecans with the cherries, spices, and maple mixture, then stir to thoroughly combine. Pour the mixture back onto the baking sheet and spread it into an even layer to allow to fully dry, about 10 minutes. Stir to break up any clumps, then transfer to a sealable container.
  5. To serve, pour over milk and drizzle with a touch of maple syrup. (For one serving, we used 3/4 cup cereal, 1/2 cup milk, and 2 teaspoons maple syrup.) Adding the maple syrup when serving adds the final bit of sweetness, so adjust as desired. Store in a sealed container or bag in the freezer; it thaws immediately so no need to defrost.

You can read full article and recipes here: https://www.acouplecooks.com/cinnamon-pecan-homemade-breakfast-cereal/

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