On a recent trip to Canyon Ranch, I had their incredible Alpine Muesli and was very impressed with the nutrition and great taste. I also loved the fact that it was served chilled as I knew this would be a great option for busy parents who want their kids to eat healthy before school, but are a bit time pinched. Any version of this recipe would be so much better than sugary cereal or toaster treats.
Because I try to always watch the ingredients that might cause some issue with digestion and food sensitivities, I adapted their recipe and created one of my own.
My main substitutes were;
• Replaced the dairy yogurt and milk with coconut products to make it vegan and lactose free
• Used oat groats and chia seeds instead of instant oatmeal to increase the fiber content and offer raw, enzyme rich ingredients
• Swapped dates for the honey to decrease the sugar amount and add a dose of iron
2/3 C Oat groats
¾ Cup Plain Coconut Milk Yogurt
1/8 C Chia seeds
1 t Vanilla
3 Small apples – peeled and grated
1 Small orange – juiced
¼ C Sliced almonds
3 Pitted and diced dates
¼ C Unsweetened coconut flakes
Rinse oat groats and soak in water overnight – double the water to amount of groats
After 12 hours, drain and rinse the soaked groats and allow to strain. In a bowl add the yogurt, chia seeds and vanilla. Place the oat groats in the yogurt mixture, stir and set aside. Peel the apples and grate into a bowl. Juice the orange over the grated apple and stir. Add in the almonds, dates and coconut flakes to the grated apple and mix well. Blend in the yogurt mixture and blend. Let sit for 15 minutes and then enjoy at room temperature or chill. This recipe can be stored for a couple days in the refrigerator so double the batch if needed.
You can also use plain instant oatmeal to eliminate the soaking process
Makes 4 servings at about 300 calories per serving
Recipe Created by Debra K