What Happens with Mom in Vegas Fruity Muesli

Adapted from Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach/Bon Appétit, January 2010
1 1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
2 tablespoons wheat germ
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2/3 cup milk (obviously skim is the healthiest choice)
2/3 cup plain yogurt (as above, no fat is, no fat)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cups grated peeled pears
1 cup chopped nut of choice (I went with raw hazelnuts and almonds)
3 cups chopped fresh fruit (I chose strawberries, blueberries and pineapple)


Mix first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Let stand 5 minutes to soften oats.
Whisk orange juice and honey in medium bowl. Stir in grated apples and almonds, then 3 cups chopped fruit.
Stir fruit mixture into oat mixture. Cover and chill overnight.
Spoon into bowls and serve with additional dollop of yogurt or a bit of granola or extra nuts for crunch or just as is.

Yield: 6 servings