Monday, July 8, 2013

Dining Danish: Muesli

Part two of my Danish recipe adventure brings you the food that I ate for breakfast pretty much everyday for a month and a half straight: muesli! Muesli in its most basic form consists of raw oats with some nuts and dried fruit thrown in. The muesli you get in the United States is often baked or sweetened, which starts to veer into granola territory rather than muesli in the traditional sense. Danes love their muesli, and you can find entire sections of the grocery store devoted to the stuff.

Muesli is commonly served with yogurt, and in Denmark, you can buy yogurt in quart-sized containers (like milk) and in about a million flavors and varying fat content. I bought something called "Cheasy," which fortunately turned out to be yogurt (it was unflavored, but I figured the chances were high that it was yogurt and not, in fact, cheese in a quart-sized container). I also tried your typical berry flavors as well as more exotic ones like pear-banana (which was delicious!).

A bit suspicious. A38? What does that even mean?

My favorite mueslis came from the Coop store brand sold at the Kvickly (yes, that is really what it's called) and the SuperBrugsen. They were cheap, came in HUGE bags, and had lots of mixins. The recipe below was my attempt to recreate the tropical muesli which came in a teal-colored bag. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Tropical Fruit Muesli

3 cups old fashioned oats
¼ c almonds, sliced or slivered (raw)
¼ c pumpkin seeds (raw)
¼ c sunflower seeds (raw)
¼ c coconut, shredded
¼ c raisins
1/3 c banana chips (sweetened or unsweetened)
½ c flax flakes (or other multigrain flaked cereal)
1/3 c puffed rice cereal
¾ c dried tropical fruit such as papaya and pineapple, cut into 1/4" pieces

1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a large container with a lid. Give it a good shake to mix everything well. Enjoy over yogurt or milk. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

Note: To make this recipe, I bought a lot of stuff in bulk at Whole Foods, which is good when you only need 1/4 cup of lots of different things!

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