This easy recipe takes less than 2 minutes to make!
For almost 3 months, I’ve been planning, typing, and obsessively working on a new project for this blog. As something very big and extremely exciting and incredibly close to my heart, I’m practically bouncing up and down in my seat waiting to reveal it to you—hopefully in just a few days!
But that means that this whole past week, I’ve been attached to my computer like Velcro (or superglue, as my guy might suggest) trying to tie up all of the loose ends. Even when I tear myself away for mini breaks to bake fudgy brownies for a blogger party or cinnamon rolls to satisfy my post-run cravings, thoughts about this project fly through my head faster than warm chocolate chip cookies disappear from the cooling racks on the counter.
Just ignore those dirty dishes piled up taller than Mt. Everest next to the sink… And the clean socks scattered across the bottom of the laundry basket like snow… And the frozen pizzas flying out of the fridge at an alarming rate… (Not that my guy minds that last one too much.)
With barely any time to breathe, let alone cook dinner, breakfast quickly turned into a fast and easy affair too. I sometimes throw together a quiche (recipe coming soon!) and reheat the leftovers for a few days, but when those portions dwindle down to nothing, I turn to my favorite 1-minute breakfast…
Muesli! Specifically this Triple Berry Muesli, packed with bright fruity flavors and warm earthy oats that keep me full all morning long. It literally takes 1 minute to toss together (including the time required to open and close the canister of oats!), and with a little patience—or blog project distractions—the milk permeates into everything, turning the oats and berries soft and chewy and oh-so-comforting.
For those of you who haven’t tried muesli before, it’s NOT granola. Yes, they’re both made of oats, but granola is oats coated in sweet sugary syrup and baked to toasty crunchy perfection. Muesli is oats … without all of that other stuff. Just scoop the oats into a bowl straight from the container, and pour in your milk. It’s the fastest healthy breakfast ever!
(But I did want to warn you, just in case you confused the two like I did 4 years ago as a muesli novice at Trader Joe’s when I curiously picked up a blueberry blend to try and wondered why in the world it tasted so earthy and natural and lacked any audible crunch.)
I added freeze-dried blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries to this clean-eating muesli. Unlike regular dried fruit, freeze-dried contains no added sugar or sulfur. It’s almost crunchy when eaten straight from the bag, but it quickly hydrates in milk to the most irresistible soft-but-not-quite-soggy texture. I found mine at Trader Joe’s; they carry a humongous selection, including mango and cranberries.
You have a choice of a few options when mixing up your muesli…
1) The Standard Method: Add the fruit and old-fashioned oats to a bowl, pour in the milk, and let everything sit for 5-10 minutes, or until it reaches the perfect texture for your taste buds.
2) The Speedy Method: Same as the Standard, but use instant (quick-cooking) oats instead. Smaller and thinner than old-fashioned oats, the instant variety absorbs liquids faster, so it helps if you’re in a hurry!
3) The Plan-Ahead Method: The night before, add just the oats and milk to a bowl and leave them in the fridge while you sleep. Do NOT add the freeze-dried fruit! It softens much faster than the oats, and by morning, the berries will have disintegrated and turned your oats an unappetizing shade of gray. Stir the fruit into the overnight oats a few minutes before serving, and add another splash of milk if the oats absorbed rest to help the berries soften.
Whichever method you choose, this Triple Berry Muesli is bound to brighten your morning! The sweet berries and homey oats soften to the most comforting texture in just minutes, so you can mix up a bowl and be out the door (or glued to your computer screen) with a healthy and satisfying breakfast in your belly without waking up at the crack of dawn.
So go pour yourself a bowl and come back soon—I’m sharing my big blog news in just a few days!