Makin’ Muesli


Last week I tried an experiment in Liveblogging that didn’t really work. I was really just fooling around, having some fun with my phone, but I can see why seeing pictures of bread arriving at a lunch table isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. Today, though, I bring you a different take on the same concept: a post about something I just made and ate. This all happened moments before I clicked “Add New Post” so I literally still have the taste in my mouth and can describe it to you in vivid detail. Are you ready?

The taste in my mouth is the taste of muesli. What is muesli? Up until today, I asked myself the same question. I knew it was some combination of oats and milk and yogurt and that it was cold. What I didn’t know was that it’s basically just oatmeal that you make without a pot (and without heat) so nothing really gets dirty. You can do everything in one bowl.

Riffing on a recipe I found on Food52, I started with 1/2 cup oats and a sprinkling of golden raisins.


To that, I added almost 1/2 cup of whole milk (slightly less).


Stirred that together and walked away for THIRTY MINUTES. During those 30 minutes I made tea, answered e-mail, and read posts on Google Reader which is going away soon and nobody knows how to handle it.

30 minutes later, my muesli looked like this:


At this point, I was wary about whether the oats had really softened enough to be edible. But they had! This is the oatmeal equivalent of cold-brewed iced coffee. With that, you can make coffee without a coffee maker; with this, you can make oatmeal without a pot.

Now you add some Greek yogurt (a big spoonful):


Grated apple:


Stir that all together. Now I was supposed to add honey but I forgot that part so my muesli wasn’t especially sweet. You can also add lemon juice here but I found it tangy enough. One ingredient I added, though, that pepped things up a bit was flaky sea salt. Just a pinch.

At the very end you top your muesli with toasted almond slices:


And that’s a breakfast fit for a king.

Really, I can imagine myself making this often. Next time, I think I’ll skip the grated apple (it was messy and didn’t really add that much) and I’ll definitely add the honey.

Now it’s time to wash the bowl because THIS REALLY JUST HAPPENED. Food blog posts don’t come fresher than this.