If you have ever been subject to a hotel continental breakfast, a convenient store energy bar or travel sized cold cereal and boxed milk, then this Vegan Muesli recipe is dedicated to you.
As a frequent traveler, I am forced to be pulled from the comforts of my homemade breakfast for far less appealing and health-repressing options. While this may not be such a life-changer if it happened only once in a while, it certainly is when it becomes a monthly or bi-monthly one. So my challenge became how to create a breakfast that could easily be packed into a suitcase – to be eaten on the road, in the car, on a plane, in the airport or even in a hotel room – that was both delicious and nutrient-packed so that I felt energized for the long day ahead.
My answer? This absolutely decadent vegan muesli mix that is loaded with exotic superfoods that contain more nutrients that you can shake a stick at, and will fit happily into a Ziploc bag for convenient travel.
Simply add to your favorite form of non-dairy milk or yogurt and enjoy!
Dragonfruit, Goji and Cashew Muesli
gluten-free, vegan, paleo
1 c gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 c raisins (organic please – non-organic contain tons of pesticides)
1/4 c cacao nibs (I love this one by Navitas Naturals)
1/2 c cashews, raw
1/4 c goji berries (I love this one by Dragon Herbs)
6 pieces of dragonfruit, dried (I love this one by Navitas Naturals)
1-2 tbs raw honey (I love this one by Wee Bee)
Pre-heat oven to 350° and place oats on a large baking sheet. Once oven is warm, place oats in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until slightly toasted.
While oats are toasting, chop up the dragon fruit and raisins into smaller bite-sized pieces.
Once oats are toasted, place in a large bowl, and add all other ingredients except honey. Mix thoroughly.
Store in a jar or seal tight container.
When you are ready to eat it, add muesli to nut/coconut milk or yogurt, and drizzle with raw honey.
Never heard of Dragonfruit before?
This is a lesser known superfood that tastes sweet like a chewy sesame candy. Dragonfruit is harvested from a night-blooming cactus that grows in tropical regions including Thailand, Vietnam and South America. Also known as Pitaya, it is a large delicate fruit that sprouts from the arms of the cactus, and have a strange and colorful appearance. The fruit is created only if the cactus flowers are pollinated at night by bats, moths and nocturnal creatures. Pretty cool, huh!?
Dragonfruit is a low-calorie food that has a well-rounded nutrition profile – and that makes it a true superfruit! It’s a great source of vitamins, including C and B, and it contains key minerals including iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Dragonfruit provides 2g of protein per serving, which is a lot for a fruit, and it’s also a rich source of essential fatty acids including omega-3. Therefore, it can be beneficial for boosting the immune system, lowering inflammation, relaxing muscles, building bones and for preventing aging. All the more reason to give it a try, no?