Paleo Fruit and Nut Muesli is an excellent, easy way of adding healthy calories into your busy schedule. No grains here: just a nutritious mix of coconut, dried fruit and nuts that’ll boost your macro and micro nutrients in a fuss free way. Scatter a few spoonfuls over poached fruit or a smoothie at any time of day.
Paleo Fruit and Nut Muesli – Grain Free
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Sometimes you just gotta eat. You know those days when you feel like you haven’t eaten enough, and you’re not quite sure how to fill the cavernous gap with wholesome food. Yes, you’ve had bacon and eggs for breakfast. Yes, you’ve had a handful of olives as an appetizer before lunch, and you’ve cooked your fish in coconut milk – it’s not like you’re avoiding healthy fats. But your metabolism is telling you you’ve got to up the score. You want to eat the world. Right. Now.
Enter Paleo Fruit and Nut Muesli. No cooking, no cleaning up, none of that long, slow baking of granola. Just throw all the ingredients into a bowl. Use coconut chips and coarsely shredded coconut as the base, and then go crazy with the add-ons. Crushed walnuts and hazelnuts are good, and/or almonds and macadamias. I always have finely chopped dried figs and dates in my mix, along with a sprinkling of currants. Dried mulberries and apple are also good. Toss in some pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Essentially, you want a good dose of fat. The coconut, seeds and nuts, will provide that, along with a little protein. Don’t go overboard with the dried fruit. While they’re certainly a concentrated source of micronutrients, they can also be a sugar bomb. So just add a little, but not enough to send the Sugar Dragon our of control.
We use Paleo Fruit and Nut Muesli as an added sprinkle. We’re not sitting down to a bowlful: it’s not a nostalgic replacement for those old cornflake guzzling days. We eat our full meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner – and the Muesli is a tasty little bonus, and a top-up for when we feel like we haven’t quite filled the tank. A serving size, for us, is about 1/4 of a cup.
Scatter it over poached fruit as a super quick dessert, or over your Banana Coconut Breakfast Scramble. A couple of tablespoons with yogurt and coconut cream is excellent alongside a fruit salad, or scattered over a smoothie. Store it in a glass jar. You’ll feel secure and confident just knowing it’s there.
On the Side
Add a few spoonfuls of Paleo Fruit and Nut Muesli to these:
Green Smoothie – So great, especially during the warmer months.
Banana Coconut Breakfast Scramble – We often alternate this with our standard bacon-and-eggs savoury breakfast.
Apple Crumble – Apple Crisp? Apple Cobbler? Whatever you call it, it’s always a winner.
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- 2 cups coconut chips
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup each pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, currants, dried figs, dried apple, dates, hazelnuts, walnuts.
- Alternative Add-Ons: macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, almonds, dried mulberries, dried apricots, dried strawberries etc
- Finely chop the dried figs and dates. Roughly chop the nuts.
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix.
- Transfer to an airtight jar.
- Sprinkle over fresh or poached fruit, smoothies, or serve with yogurt and coconut cream.