Starting the day with a healthy breakfast is important and this muesli with figs does just that. The ingredients are all very nutritious and to top it off it is very filling.
The Middle East has thrived on figs and has used them in their cooking and to help heal many health concerns.
“Eat it as it cures various diseases among which are Piles, Gout and Arthritis” ~ Abu Darda, companion of Rasulullah
Oats are a low-calorie food that provides high levels of fiber and low levels of fat. They help tp stabilizes blood sugar and reduces the risk of diabetes while removing bad cholesterol.
If you want gluten-free oats, here is a very good one Old GF Fashioned Oats– Harvest Gluten Free Organic Rolled Old Fashioned Oats which is good for cooked oatmeal for porridge. For making a crumble, it is better to have one like this: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Quick Cooking Rolled Oats
“It is now generally accepted that non-contaminated gluten-free oats are safe for a celiac disease diet, with the exception of a small minority of celiacs who may have an additional intolerance to Avenin.” Says Celiac.com on Oats
When we think of cinnamon we usually imagine delicious pastries or a hot drink but cinnamon is also full of health benefits. These benefits are backed by valid scientific research. It is helpful from lowering “bad” HDL cholesterol levels to lowering blood sugar levels. This is for sure a valuable superfood to be included in our diet. At the bottom of this article, there are many recipes linked to. All of them are favourites of mine created in my kitchen.
Delicious nutty sunflower seeds are a popular snack which is undervalued. They may be small but sunflower seeds are a dense source of nutrients and full of extraordinary health benefits.
Almonds are called “The King of Nuts” for a reason. They are very tasty and so beneficial for our health. They are my favourite nut; most mornings I add 7 to 10 almonds to my breakfast.
There are many health benefits of Quinoa and it is filling like a grain but with much more protein. Quinoa is gluten-free because it is not a grain! It is a vegetable seed related to Swiss chard, spinach and beets. Quinoa is pronounced KEEN-wa not kwin-o-a.
Now time to make breakfast!
Muesli with Figs
- 2 cups steel-cut rolled oats
- 2 cups quinoa flakes
- 1 cup almonds sliced
- 1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon ground
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup figs sliced, if using fresh ones only put them in just before eating
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Stir until every ingredient is distributed in the mix.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Serve with almond milk, coconut milk.
Soak it in your choice of milk or water overnight.
Add water to a pot with 1/2 cup muesli and cook till soft.
Here are more tasty fig recipes: