The Breakfast Breakup

I have a confession.

One that might get me shunned from the food blog world.


I’m over oatmeal.


It’s true – oatmeal and I are no longer right for each other. Just the thought of making a bowl, and then eating it sends my stomach into pains. I don’t know what happened, but the last few times I’ve made oatmeal, it has made me feel horrendous. I don’t know if it’s too heavy, or if it’s the ingredients I’ve added to it. I’ve tried many combinations, but we just aren’t getting along.

This has left me with a conundrum (side note – I’m amazed I spelled conundrum right on the first try) – I want oats in my diet, because they are great for you. But if I can’t stomach them as oatmeal, how am I now going to consume them? Overnight oats are okay, but they have never been my fave. I like to add them to smoothies, but without a working blender (don’t even get me started on that – how can you be a proper food blogger if you have no functioning blending apparatus?!) smoothies are out of the question. Sure, I can bake them into muffins and cookies, but that involves planning ahead, because I ain’t waking up at the crack of dawn to bake muffins for breakfast.

Then I remembered having some homemade muesli at a friend’s house ages ago, and I knew that was solution. Muesli will be my new oatmeal.


I messaged my friend to find out what she usually put in her blend. She gave me a giant list of ingredients she uses on occasion, but said the key was to add unsweetened shredded coconut. No wonder I thought it was so damn good! I then set out to create my own signature muesli.


I scoured my cupboards for potential ingredients, looking for the right balance of flavours, textures, and colours. Too few ingredients, and it would be boring. Too many, and it would be taste overload. Balance is key in so many things in life, dontcha think?


I eventually settled on what turned out to be the perfect blend – and a way to use up some dried fruit I otherwise am not a huge fan of. Oats, quinoa flakes, coconut, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, goji berries, and banana chips all come together to make a satisfying and delicious bowl that makes my stomach happy.


Marianne’s Marvellous Muesli Mix

makes twelve 1/2 cup servings

  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup banana chips, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried goji berries
  • 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds


1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix until evenly combined. Store in an airtight container. 

Note – feel free to substitute in any dried fruits, nuts, or seeds to suite your own tastes. Just keep the proportions of oat/quinoa/coconut to add ins similar. 



To serve the muesli, I simply combine 1/2 cup of the mix with 1/2 cup of milk (cow’s, almond, hazelnut, coconut…they all work). I often add a sprinkle of ground flax seeds, and whatever fresh or frozen fruit I have on hand as well, and let the mixture sit for 10 – 15 min. This gives the oats, quinoa, and goji berries enough time to soften up and absorb some liquid, but keeps the banana chips from going mushy. It also allows me 10 – 15 min to get some of my other morning routine items out of the way, like packing my lunch.

I’ve enjoyed it with some fresh local strawberries and hazelnut milk.

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And with fresh local raspberries and So Delicious Coconut Milk (review to come).


Diced fresh mango and frozen blueberries are also excellent additions (so excellent, I must have inhaled them before taking any pictures).


Sorry oatmeal, but I’ve found a new breakfast love. Perhaps in another place or another time we could work out, but right now, we just aren’t meant to be.


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Categories: Breakfast, Recipe, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole Grain


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4 Comments on “The Breakfast Breakup”

  1. July 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    What a delicious combo! I’m all about anything with banana chips!

  2. July 13, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    I haven’t had oatmeal in ages. I’m guessing it’s the hotter weather, doesn’t make a steamy morning bowl all that appealing. Muesli is awesome though and yours looks like an amazing mix. I haven’t had muesli in ages either but THAT is something that I think needs some changing. I think a bulk barn trip for ingredients is in order!


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