Protein-Powered Muesli With Coconut and Raisins

(from The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook, by Jonny Bowden, PhD and Steven Sinatra, MD)

Loaded with fiber and rich in antioxidants, this sublimely tasty muesli is nutrient rich, crunchy, and flavorful. It will satisfy your appetite and keep your system working like a well-oiled machine for hours. Enjoy this dish as part of a nourishing breakfast or filling snack.

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup rye flakes
1 cup dried dates, chopped
1 cup raisins
1 cup almonds, chopped roughly
½ cup walnuts, chopped roughly
½ cup pecans, chopped roughly
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups apple cider
1 banana
1 ½ cups blueberries

In a large bowl, combine the oats through the cinnamon. Mix well. Place the mixture in an airtight, sealable container and stir in the apple cider. Cover, refrigerate overnight, and serve in the morning with chopped banana and blueberries.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Note: Nuts and seeds provide protein, essential fatty acids, and several antioxidant vitamins and minerals.