Breakfast at my desk: Cherry and almond muesli

I’m not one of those people that can get up in the morning in enough time to have a nice breakfast at home, so I eat it when I get to work. Unfortunately we’re not allowed a toaster (yes, ~HEALTH AND SAFETY GONE MAD~), which limits a lot of my favourite options for weekday breakfasts (i.e. crumpets), so I have to get a bit more creative.

I try and include fruit into my breakfast every day. I’m not very good at eating fruit, I get quite bored of eating apples and bananas and I have an intolerance to oranges, so putting berries on my breakfast is the best way for me to actually eat fruit every day with minimal effort.

Although I love cereal and could eat it three meals a day EASILY, I do get bored of the same thing over and over again. Really the only cereal that fills me up are the bitesize shredded wheats, and I went through a phase of eating them with blueberries or strawberries on top for almost a year(!). Lately though, I feel like I want more variety. So I’ve started making my own cereal instead – this is great for fussy people like me who inevitably find something they dislike in most ready-made muesli/granola (I loathe raw hazelnuts and I can’t stand coconut). My current batch was made thus:

Cherry and almond muesli

200g whole rolled porridge oats

100g dried sweetened sour cherries

100g flaked almonds, toasted in a dry pan

A few tablespoons of seeds (I used sunflower, pumpkin and golden linseed)

The sour cherries are really awesome; they’re big and squashy and have a really nice tang. As you can see I don’t put sugar in my muesli so it’s nice that the cherries are sweetened a bit otherwise it could be too bitter.

Today I enjoyed my muesli with quartered strawberries and Rachel’s Organic apple and elderflower yoghurt. It was yummy! I wholeheartedly recommend making your own muesli with whatever combination of nuts/fruit/seeds takes your fancy, it’s healthy, filling AND tastes nice!