Familia is a grain, fruit and nut combination developed by the Swiss. Some friends living in the Bay Area gave me the recipe and I, in turn have passed it on to others—most of whom had never heard of the mixture.
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Reprinted with permission from Willamette Bridge.
Familia (also known as Muesli) is a grain, fruit and nut combination developed by the Swiss. Some friends living in the Bay Area gave me the recipe and I, in turn have passed it on to others—most of whom had never heard of the mixture.
Doing some research on Familia, I have found that a few large grocery and health food stores stock it already packaged. But some ingredients are left out, and it's also so expensive, that many of us couldn't afford it. It's much more inexpensive, and more enjoyable to make your own.
Supplemented with fresh vegetables and fruits Familia is a perfect survival food, containing everything your body needs to stay healthy. You may use it cooked as a hot cereal, uncooked as a cold cereal, in breads, cookies, or eat it as it is.
Originally, I intended to use Familia as a nutritious supplement to a city diet, but if you're into backpacking trips and mountain living, it's the answer for a perfect, lightweight compact food.
Here is the recipe for a 15 lb. batch.
Familia Homemade Granola Recipe
1 lb. oats
2 lb. wheat flakes
2 lb. rye flakes
1/3 lb. soy flour
1 lb. wheat germ
1 oz. rice polish
1 lb. soy lecithin
1 lb. sunflower seeds
1/2 lb. pumpkin seeds
1 lb. sesame seeds
1 pkg. chia seeds
2 lb. raisins
1 lb. dried fruit
1 lb. nuts
You can purchase the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, rice polish, soy lecithin and chia seeds at one of the health food stores downtown. The other ingredients are carried by large markets. If you live in Portland, I would suggest Jimmy Corno and Sons, across the Morrison Bridge on Union.
The cost for 15 pounds? Around 12 or 13 dollars. Happy eating.