Crush the nuts with a mortar and pestle or rolling pin and put in a bowl with the seeds. Cut the apricots into small chunks and also add to the bowl with the sultanas. Sprinkle with the spices, but adjust according to taste or leave out completely. Sprinkle the oats on the top and then add the amount of milk that you desire. You can leave this overnight in the fridge to absorb the milk or eat straight away for a crunchy texture. Works with any types of milk, including almond and soya. If you need to sweeten then add a small amount of honey or agave syrup. It can also be topped with fresh fruit such as berries or chopped banana and natural yogurt. If you have specific preferences with regards to fruit, nuts and seeds you can substitute them in, there is no need to copy the recipe exactly but just add in items that you enjoy in the right proportions.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can change it to suit your taste of the things that you have at home. You can use any type of dried fruit or fresh fruit and any sorts of nuts and seeds. You can even use different types of oats to give a different texture. If you prefer a hot breakfast you can cook it and make it into fruit and nut porridge. If you have fussy children that do not like the bits, you can put it in a food processor and make it into a floury texture which you can put milk on and serve cold or heat up like a smooth porridge. You can also make it in advance in a big batch and then take out a portion when needed. This means that you do not have to be chopping apricots and crushing nuts every day, if you do not have the time.
This is great nutritious start to the day with plenty of long lasting energy in the wholegrain oats as well as the nuts. It has healthy fats from the nuts and seeds as well as iron from the dried fruit. There are also plenty of vitamins and minerals so you have a really good start to the day. You will be getting one of your two recommended portions of wholegrains and at least one of your two recommended portions of fruit, depending on how much you put in. It is suitable for vegans if they do not use dairy milk and for gluten free diets as long as gluten free oats are used.
You will find that the recipe is not as sweet as traditional shop bought mueslis. This is because there is no added refined sugar, syrups or honey, the only sweetness is in the dried fruits. If you find it difficult to get used to then try adding some vanilla as the natural sweetness can help. You can buy natural vanilla, either ready ground vanilla pods or pods in a grinder to twist yourself. If this is still not sweet enough then you could add some honey or agave syrup but it is wise to try to get used to adding less each time you have it so that you can enjoy it without the added sugar. The dried fruits already add quite a lot of sugar to the dish and it is best not to add more if you can help it so that you keep the energy slower release and reduce how sweet your tooth is.