Over the last year, I haven’t eaten much cereal at all because I was just tired of all the junk ingredients in most cereals. But, recently I started eating more muesli because I can create variety with it, and I get a balanced meal out of it.
What is Muesli?
The idea for muesli came from the Swiss and Germans. The base of muesli is just raw rolled oats like you would use for oatmeal (uncooked). Then, you combine the raw oats with other grains like barley or rye, and some nuts, seeds, and dried (or fresh) fruit–whatever you like! You take the dry ingredients, and you can soak them overnight (or leave them dry like I do). In the morning, you add cold milk of your choice or yogurt, and enjoy.
Tip: Since I keep my oat mixture dry, when I pour in my almond milk in the morning, I let it soak for about 10 minutes before eating so that the ingredients hydrate a little bit.
You can make muesli as sweet and sinful (some add cream and lots of honey or fruit juice) OR as healthy and low sugar as you like.
- 1/4 cup rolled oats, dry, plain
- 2 Tbsp. rye flakes
- 1 Tbsp. seeds (chia seeds and/or pumpkin seeds/sunflower seeds)
- 1 Tbsp. dried blueberries (or raisins/dates)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (or any other berries)
- Top with a few raw unsalted almonds (about 6-10)
- 1/2-1 cup coconut/almond milk blend (if it is unsweetened almond milk, I add 1 tsp. local honey)
This quick muesli recipe is for one serving. You can make more ahead of time and store in an air-tight container for ease in the morning.
I mix and match my ingredients. Sometimes I add sliced banana. Other times I add a spoonful of a nut butter on top.
Don’t like raw plain dry oats? Toast them ahead of time! Lay out dry oats on a baking sheet, drizzle with a little bit of oil and honey and bake until they turn a little golden. Allow to cool. This will make your oats crunchier and more like a granola.
Muesli is typically healthier than granola because it contains less added sugars, and usually more fiber, protein, and healthy fats (if you add more nuts and seeds).
No time to make your own Muesli?
Here are two brands that I bought recently for convenience.
One is Bob’s Red Mill brand of muesli that you can buy at most grocery stores or order online. The other is Trader Joe’s muesli. If you buy these, make sure to check your portion size because muesli portions should be fairly small due to the higher nutritional density of ingredients. Tip: Add fresh fruit to make your serving look larger!
Do you eat muesli?