'the muesli' knock-off

For several years, I've enjoyed following the blog 'I quit sugar'. Sarah Wilson is an inspiring woman on a sugar-quitting mission (fructose to be precise)! It was there I saw a link for 97% sugar free muesli. I love muesli but don't eat it due to dried fruit & filler in commercial varieties. I've made my own (awesome recipe here) for years, but never thought to try one that was like this.

"The Muesli" looks like they are making a great product, but it is pretty expensive for my cereal budget and it's only for sale in Australia; so I came up with my own version. 

Yield: about 13 cups

Nuts mix:
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup raw hazelnuts
1 cup raw brazil nuts

Seeds mix:
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup hemp hearts

4 cups large flake oats
1 cup rice puffs (not rice crisps as they have sugar, I used Nature's Path) optional
1 1/2 cups coconut flakes (or shredded...but flakes are nice texture)

1. Pulse nuts in a food processor (I did each nut separately since they are different sizes, they require different amounts of pulse time) until there are some small pieces & some bigger pieces left.
2. Put everything, including the processed nuts in a large bowl and mix.
3. Store in airtight container in the fridge. I store in mason jars.

Serve with milk or yogurt. My favourite way is yogurt + a few frozen blueberries and put in the fridge overnight. The next day, it makes a great breakfast, snack...lunch.

Bonus Carrot Cake!  I tried one of 'the Muesli's' recipes, carrot cake with cream cheese icing (it uses 3/4 cup of 'the Muesli'). I craving this cake after the first time I saw it. It is what made me want to make 'the muesli' in the first place. I can report back the cake was delicious. It might not be what you expect, giving there is nothing sweet in it, except carrots and a few drops of liquid stevia. The cream cheese icing alone was the best part and I nearly ate it all on it's own. It was better after a night in the fridge. Makes good breakfast.

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