Steel-Cut Oats Muesli

If you went a bit overboard with holiday nibbling, snacking, feasting, and gorging like I did, here's a nice, change-of-pace alternative to oatmeal to get you back on track.

Instead of rolled oats, this muesli recipe uses steel cut oats for a nuttier, chewier feel. The steel cut oats are soaked in boiling water, then mixed with dried fruit and nuts and stored in the fridge for a ready-to-eat al dente breakfast or mid-day snack. When serving, add milk, juice, yogurt, jam, or pretty much whatever else strikes your fancy!

Notes: Do not circumvent the soaking process by cooking the oats. Cooking will destroy the oats' firm, nutty texture.

Steel-Cut Oats Muesli
Adapted from a recipe by David Coleman in Food & Wine
Makes 4 cups or 8 servings.

In a large heatproof bowl, combine:
2 cups steel-cut oats 
3 cups boiling water

Cover and let stand for one hour.

Stir in:
1 cup mixed dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, cherries, diced apricots, etc)
1/2 cup chopped toasted nuts
2 tablespoons of light brown sugar

Store muesli in fridge for up to a week. To serve, add 1/2 cup of muesli and 1/2 cup of liquid (milk, soy, juice) to each bowl. Offer additional toppings such as fresh fruit, yogurt and jam.

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