In just 10 minutes, you will be making your own delicious Homemade Muesli that tastes better than any brand on the market. Hands down. Pinky swear.
Muesli is a combination of oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit and is considered the first overnight oats. The idea of muesli originated from Germany and Switzerland as a hearty breakfast in the early 1900’s. Physician Maximillian Bircher Benner created his original recipe that combined oats, nuts, seeds, apples and lemon all put into a bowl with milk to prescribe to his patients.
🥣 Why This Recipe Works
Nutritious – This healthy breakfast (or snack) is known to help reduce cholesterol thanks to the oat bran which contains beta glucan.
Fast and easy – I like getting as many delicious recipes out there that are quick to whip up for busy households. This recipe has you covered.
Versatile – We all love recipes where we can adapt and make many different ways by simply using the base ingredients. This one is perfect. Change out your nuts, seeds and dried fruit each time you make it to create a new and interesting variation.
Make ahead – Take 10 minutes and whip up a batch of these anytime. As long as you store it in an airtight container, you can make this ahead of time and store it in your pantry for a couple weeks.
This is so yummy and great on the go. The ingredients are simple to work with and taste terrific together. They provide the best crunchy treat. Let’s take a peek at the main ingredients:
Seeds: Use a variety of seeds to make your own unique muesli. We like sunflower seeds and pepitas, but add in your favorites.
Nuts: We usually go for pecans and walnuts. However, almonds, hazelnuts, and brazil nuts are all be lovely too.
Fruit: Pick your favorite dried fruits and you can’t go wrong. Dried apricots, bananas, apples, raisins, or dried cranberries are all pretty tasty.
Muesli is a super simple recipe to make for hearty and healthy breakfasts. Heck, I have eaten it for lunch several times as it really is delicious.
Step One: Combine all of your oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruits into a bowl and stir. That is essentially it.
Step Two: Store this in an airtight jar or bag to keep it fresh and you are good to go.
Note: The recipe calls for four cups of nuts and seeds. I gave you a ton of options. Because of that, there won’t be nutritional values for this recipe as I won’t know how much of each you chose.
I did have some fresh coconut slices and read about toasting them. So, I laid some out on a sheet pan and roasted them for about 10 minutes (until they started to turn golden brown). I really like the taste after they have been toasting for a few.
🥘 How to Serve
Serve muesli a couple of different ways. Try them all as you might find a new favorite!
- Serve it in a bowl with milk. Eat right away.
- Pour almond or coconut milk over it and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. The oats will soften a bit.
- Serve with yogurt. My fave!
- Make an overnight muesli by combining yogurt or milk to muesli and soaking it overnight in the refrigerator. This is a great grab and go option for those busy mornings.
This is where the fun happens! Muesli is really a mixture of oats (grains), nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Use our recipe below as a simple guideline and then modify it to your liking. If you see a nut or seed that you like, try it out and see how you enjoy that combination.
You will never get bored with this as it is so versatile. I love dried apricots cut up into small cubes and Craisins.
I would love to hear what you did! What were your favorite combinations? Please drop me a note below or tag me on Instagram!
🥄 Expert Tips
Muesli starts with a base of oats and grains and filled in with fruits, nuts, and seeds. The texture is loose and flaky. You will eat it more like a cereal. It is usually not baked.
Granola has similar ingredients but is typically baked in the oven with oils and sugars to bind everything together. The texture will be more sticky and clumpy. You will eat it oftentimes over yogurt or in a handful on a hike.
Both are served with milk and eaten in a bowl. Muesli tends to be rated healthier since it is not cooked with the oil and sugar like granola tends to be.
🍲 How to Meal Prep
Muesli is really easy to prep as it is simply putting the ingredients in a bowl and stirring it up. Pour the ingredients into the jar and store.
The only thing to prep is if you would like to have roasted nuts or coconut in the muesli, you may roast them beforehand.
The best way to store muesli is in an airtight jar like a Ball canning jar. I love using these jars as you can see what you have, how much you have left and they can even be decorative if you need to leave them out on the countertop. Keep these for 2-3 weeks.
Typically, it is eaten raw. You will see in the recipe that we toasted some for 5-7 minutes without oils just to show you what it would look like. So you “can” toast it like we did but typically muesli is not cooked. If you cook it in the oven with oil, it is now granola.
🎁 Gift Giving Options
Give Muesli as an awesome gift during the holidays.
Put them in a pint sized jar and top it off with ribbon and a cute printable or put them in gorgeous cellophane bags like the ones shown below and top them with pretty ribbon.
I love giving and receiving gifts like muesli or the How to Make a Double Chocolate Muffin in a Jar.
There is something about the old fashioned homemade gifts that mean the most!
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Healthy Homemade Muesli
Nuts and Seeds (4 Cups Total
- Buckwheat groat
- Sunflower Seeds
- Natural Almonds
- Walnut Pieces
- Pepita Seeds
- Golden Flaxseed
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup Dried Fruit
- Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and stir well. Store in an airtight container.
- Keep at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.
- To serve: scoop ½ cup of muesli to ½-¾ cup of milk. Eat right away (it will be a little crunchier) or soak for up to 15 minutes. Make this as overnight muesli by soaking it overnight in milk and adding fruit in the next morning.
- We toasted ½ to show what there differences would be at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Toasting this with no oil/sugars are a fun option to change it up a bit.