I loves me a greasy fat and cholesterol-laden breakfast, but realize I need to keep that to a minimum, so ..... I've always also enjoyed grain-based breakfast stuff like granola and muesli with fresh or dried fruit, etc, so that's the default choice nowadays. But the cost of that stuff is ridiculous. A local bakehouse makes a granola that's excellent -- if I want to shovel out $8+/lb for the stuff. I can get granola in bulk at a local market (good but not great) for about half the cost. But still pricey, and I always asked myself, "I wonder how long that stuff has been sitting in that bin?". So a few weeks ago I started making my own granola. Not particularly difficult, all ingredients easily available, I can tweak the flavor to my own liking and cut the cost way, way down. Big win.
I like to mix granola and muesli about 50/50, and still cringed when I had to buy muesli -- also really expensive. So I started reading the labels ..... oats, wheat, triticale, rye, flax, seeds, nuts .... nothing exotic here, I just need one of those kitchen gizmoids that takes whole kernel grains and smushes them into "rolled" grain. So I ordered a grain flaker and went to the market and bought the grains and other ingredients.
Last night I finally got around to making my first batch of homemade muesli. Rolled four grains and added some nuts, seeds and fruit. Oh. My. Gawd..... way better than I expected.
First, freshly rolled grains actually have great FLAVOR! Who'da thunk it? A lot of store-bought rolled oats have been lightly steamed (so they cook easier), but not much flavor remains. Freshly rolled not only has a much better texture (not paper-thin), but actually taste good! Add in the other grains, some chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins and cranberries ..... wow. Just wow. Maybe not a substitute for thick-cut bacon, but damned close....
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