Seven Sundays

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


I'm a girl of routines. I set my alarm for 7:30 every morning, and every morning I snooze it three times, 27 minutes, until 7:57, at which time I realize my hair is still wet from my shower the night before, I haven't made my lunch, and I have to be at my desk in an hour. So every morning I frantically run to the bathroom, scavenge through my closet, and grab the same granola bar for breakfast (and I'm out the door by 8:20, humble brag). Day in, day out. For the past four years. 

When Seven Sundays sent me boxes of their gourmet mueslis, I was really excited to try something new, but I didn't know what muesli was. Or how to eat it. Or what I could do with it. But Seven Sundays had it covered. The folks there are on a mission to promote healthy and enjoyable morning routines so more people start their day feeling relaxed, energized and satisfied—the opposite of mornings I'm used to. So:

What is muesli? It's a mix of various grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruits. 
How is it different from granola? They have similar ingredients, but muesli is less processed. 
     >> Not baked. Seven Sundays bircher muesli is raw, and all others are lightly toasted for 10-15 minutes. Just enough to cure the honey while retaining the nutrition.
     >> No oils. There are enough good fats in Seven Sundays nuts and seeds, so you save your oil intake for dinner. Oh, and Seven Sundays' oats are organic and wheat free. 
     >> Less sweet. Seven Sundays bircher muesli is completely unsweetened. All other flavors are lightly sweetened with organic honey. No refined sugars.
How do you pronounce it? "Muse-lee"
How do you eat it? You can eat it cold, with milk or yogurt, eat it hot, like oatmeal, mix it into pancakes, cookies or muffins!


I'm a big oatmeal fan, but I've been preferring the muesli cold with almond milk. The flavors pop more, and don't blend together as much. You can taste each individually. My favorite to eat cold is the bircher


A few weeks ago, after reading all the different muesli recipes, I turned my vanilla cherry pecan box into muesli bars. They were so delicious, the batch only lasted a day.

 

They were so easy to make. All you have to do is melt four tablespoons butter over low heat. Add 1/4 cup honey and 1/8 cup brown sugar, whisk to combine. Pour the liquid over 2 1/2 cups muesli and mix until evenly distributed. Spread over parchment paper and press down gently until you've reach desired thickness. Here's where you have a few choices, depending on what kind of bar you're looking for. If you're craving something crunchy, bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. If you're craving something chewy, allow the mixture to cool completely before cutting into snackable squares.

You can do so much with muesli, bars are just a simple start. I've got my eyes on this banana bread and this apple crisp next. Thanks for introducing me to muesli, Seven Sundays!

(This post was sponsored by Seven Sundays, a muesli company whose mission and food I adore. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Make the Most.)

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