Cereal seems to be our go-to now that my husband is allergic to eggs. The kids and I still eat eggs when he’s not around, but I think it’s pretty rude to eat something someone is allergic to in front of them. In this case, especially because my husband loved eggs. So, cereal ends up being our easy breakfast.
Needing more variety in our lives, and probably more nutrients than you can get from just grains, I dug back deep in the recesses of my memory to find Muesli. I ate muesli growing up as a kid. I thought it was weird then, so when I remembered it, I wasn’t sure if I could get my kids to eat it. After searching the internet, I found that muesli goes great with yogurt. I was sold. I’d been looking for more ways to get my kids to eat plain yogurt.
Muesli is sort of an uncooked, but still wet oatmeal or cereal grain based dish with added fruit. Mine, however, is a ton of fruit with just enough oatmeal to stop it from being a fruit salad. I use the juice from the fruit to wet the oats and serve it with a big scoop of plain, whole fat yogurt. At first, the kids thought I’d gone nuts, but they soon came to like it and my oldest now knows how to prepare it for us.
My husband is intolerant to bananas. They give him an unpleasant stomach ache, but we love to have bananas in there anyway. My solution is to prepare this dish without the bananas, serve him a bowlful, and then add the bananas for us. It works out well for us, but we could easily just leave the bananas out. Whatever fruit allergy or intolerance you are dealing with, just leave it out. This will still taste wonderful.
Oatmeal has gluten because it is cross-contaminated with wheat when they are processed in the same facilities. There is gluten-free oatmeal. Just check the packaging.
If you are actually allergic to oatmeal, look for a rolled or flaked grain that you are not allergic to. I would go to an actual health food store before trying to search the internet for such a thing. They do exist, but they’re not the easiest thing to find like other allergy alternatives.
Finally, if none of these options work for you, leave out the oats and try seeds or nuts instead. Pumpkin seeds are great, as well as walnuts and pecans. Sesame, hemp and flax would be good, too. Even chia could be fun, but it might be slimier than you want.
The yogurt is completely optional. Like I said earlier, I didn’t know yogurt was a normal thing to eat on muesli until I scoured the internet as an adult. I ate it yogurt-free the whole time I was growing up.
However, if you have a fantastic milk-free yogurt, please share in the comments because I would love to try it. Milk is a tricky thing in our family. Sometimes it’s fine and other times it causes stomach aches and gas.
- 3 apples
- 1-2 oranges
- 2 bananas
Optional Fruit: strawberries, grapes, raspberries, kiwi, pears, plums, peaches, etc.
- 1 cup oatmeal
- plain yogurt 1/4-1/2 cup per serving
- Dice the apples and oranges and place in a large bowl. Cut the bananas into slices and put in the bowl as well. Add other fruit of choice, cutting them into bite-sized pieces.
- Add oatmeal and stir to coat fruit.
- Serve by the scoop into smaller bowls with a spoonful or two of yogurt.