This grain-free and nutrient-packed muesli puts commercial varieties to shame! Where to begin with the nutritional benefits…
Almonds deliver protein, fibre and good fats. Despite having ‘wheat’ in its name, buckwheat is in fact a fruit seed related to rhubarb. It is a rich source of magnesium as well as the bioflavonoid rutin that strengthens capillaries and is used therapeutically in conditions associated with capillary fragility, such as varicose veins. ‘Activated’ buckwheat has been soaked and dehydrated. Soaking neutralizes naturally occurring chemicals in some foods that act as nutrient blockers (by hindering their absorption).
Linseeds and Chia seeds are high in protein, fibre and essential omega-3 fatty acid. Cacao nibs (cacao bean chopped up) are one of the most potent antioxidants found in nature, and boast high levels of magnesium, iron, chromium and zinc. Interestingly, it contains chemicals known as phenylethylamines (PEAs), which we produce when we fall in love. PEAs also play a role in increasing mental alertness and focus. Cacao also contains the amino acid tryptophan essential for the making of serotonin, our happy hormone.
Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein and a rich source of essential fatty acids and minerals. Goji berries promote longevity and vitality through an abundance of antioxidants and a nutrient-dense profile. Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar levels by slowing down gastric emptying, leaving us feeling fuller for longer. Wow!!
Ingredients (Makes ~ 800g)
- 1 cup coarsely ground almonds
- 2 cups activated buckwheat
- 1⁄4 cup mixed black and white sesame seeds 1⁄4 cup linseeds (flaxseeds)
- 1⁄4 cup Chia seeds
- 1⁄2 cup cacao nibs
- 1⁄2 cup shelled hemp seeds
- 1 cup dried white mulberries
- 1⁄4 cup Goji berries
- 1 cup chipped coconut (flakes) 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in a large airtight glass jar and shake to combine.
- Serve as traditional muesli with your choice of milk and fresh/stewed fruit (e.g. thinly shaved apple slices, pear, banana or my favourite ‘blueberry compote’ – 1⁄2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, cooked ~5 minutes on very low heat).
- Serve as breakfast or a snack on top of natural yoghurt.
- Sprinkle on top of fresh fruit for a little crunch (I love it on top of papya/paw paw with lime juice and a few extra bits of coconut flakes).
Libby Raymond BSc, Adv Dip Nut, Adv Dip Herbal Med Naturopathic Nutritionist Herbalist Foodologist TheFoodologist.com.au