There were special foods during Bible Days that symbolized the relationship of the Jewish people with the land of Israel and the special connection they had with those food items. They were called the 7 species, and among them were wheat, raisins, dates and pomegranates.
Today I’m going to share a favorite recipe, a bit unusual using some of the 7 species ingredients. It’s Museli and this healthy cereal originated in Switzerland in 1900 by a Swiss physician to feed his patients a nutritious cereal that was based on raw, rolled oats. It’s popular today, and expensive, so now you can make your own!
This Swiss cereal is chock full of nutrients, some of which are from the 7 species. It’s delicious with milk, as a topping for yogurt or as a hot cereal. Just pour milk over and microwave. And feel free to add any fresh fruit you have on hand, like chopped apples, bananas, etc.
Mix together. This recipe is a guide – you can use more, or less, of any ingredient.
5 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 to 1-1/4 cups dried fruit – try a combo of dried dates and raisins and cherries or dried pomegranate arils
3/4 to 1 cup chopped nuts (I like to toast mine first)
1/3 cup each: toasted wheat germ, wheat bran and oat bran
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
Good optional additions: Flax or chia seeds. Lots of good Omega 3′s!
Store at room temperature, covered, for up to 2 weeks or in refrigerator up to a month, or freezer for 3 months.
Tip from Rita’s kitchen: All about bran
Along with germ, bran is an integral part of whole grains in the very center of the oats is the germ and the layer after that is the bran. Bran is particularly rich in dietary fiber and essential fatty acids along with proteins, vitamins and minerals. Store bran in freezer since it is high in oils and can turn rancid easily.