Overnight oats is just so 2016! Out with the old and in with Overnight Muesli! This healthy breakfast idea is inspired by my time in living in Germany. When you go in a German grocery store and find the cereal aisle, you might be shocked to see the shelves packed with muesli. There were so many kinds of muesli! It really became hard to even try one. How much different is muesli than oats. Muesli is a healthful mixture of oats, seeds, grains, and dried fruit. It’s a couple of steps away from granola in some aspects. It just doesn’t have the added sugar the granola contributes. Toasting the oats gives it more crunchiness especially after soaking overnight. It’s a hearty breakfast, filled with nutrients, that keeps you full all morning. Using the jam jars is a great recycling trick as well as a useful storage option and portion control tool.
I love healthy recipes with simple ingredients. This Overnight Cherry Almond Muesli has 5 simple ingredients that provide solid nutrition.
Oats are filled with soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps slow digestion. It attracts water and turns to a gel inside your digestion system. It helps lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels.
Cherries are one of my favorite fruits with good reason. They are packed with anthocyacins that protect your heart, fight inflammation, help you sleep and even recover from post workout soreness.
These tiny gems are filled with Vitamin E and Magnesium. Their nutty flavor and crunch bring depth to your breakfast, while helping to protect your heart and relaxing your nerves and muscles, protecting your bones, and helping your blood pressure.
Chia seeds provide a concentrated dose of Omega 3 fatty acids. They also have protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. If you don’t like seeds in your teeth, you can always grind them in a coffee grinder to add to dishes.
Almonds are little nutrition powerhouses. They are packed full of protein, fiber, biotin, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Potassium and more. They add crunch and depth can be beneficial in heart health, diabetes, and weight management.
- 2 cups gluten free old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup dried tart cherries
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Toast oatmeal on a baking sheet lined with parchment for 5 minutes.
- Let Cool.
- Mix oats, cherries, sunflower seeds, almonds, and chia.
- Store in 4 small recycled jam jars.
- Pour ½ cup of milk into jars that are to be used the next morning.
- Refrigerate until the next morning.
See how easy it is to make on my video below!
Author: Betsy Ramirez
Betsy is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, homeschool mom, & fairy tale junkie, who loves getting crafty. Being on my bike and lifting weights are my therapy. Thinking outside the box is my jam!