Muesli cereal is one of my favorite breakfasts, and it’s quick and easy to make in your own kitchen! This muesli recipe is a healthy and inexpensive alternative to store bought cereals.
I’ve always had a bit of a cereal addiction. I find it to be a great comfort food, no matter what time of day. In fact, I love it so much that I had to stop buying it!
I’ve recently come up with a way to bring cereal back into my life in a healthy way: homemade muesli. I love how all the ingredients are fresh and not processed. I feel good about eating it.
This recipe is very forgiving and adaptable. I typically use sunflower seeds, but pumpkin seeds would work perfectly (try using both!). You can get additional fiber by adding a tablespoon of flax seed.
My favorite dried fruits to use are cherries and dates, but raisins also work perfectly well. The entire recipe is very customizable; use what you have and use what you love. Almost any nuts will work (though I do recommend toasting them briefly for best flavor and texture).
I added cinnamon to mine, but you could have some fun with the spices as well. Why not try a bit of pumpkin pie spice? Or even better, a chai spice blend?
What is Muesli?
Essentially, muesli is a homemade cereal based on oats, fruit and nuts. It was invented by a Swiss doctor named Maximillian Bircher-Brenner in the late 1800’s (he was also the creator of bircher muesli, or overnight oats). Muesli has been a popular breakfast in Europe for years, and it’s slowly becoming more well-known in the US.
Homemade Muesli Ingredients
For this muesli cereal recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Old-fashioned rolled oats
- Toasted chopped nuts
- Dried fruit
- Flax or shelled sunflower seeds
- Ground cinnamon
How to Make Muesli From Scratch
Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Leftovers will stay fresh for up to three months if kept at room temperature in an air-tight container. Note that over time the nuts may become slightly stale, but it’s still safe to eat.
Ways to Enjoy Muesli
To enjoy this muesli “raw,” mix it with milk or yogurt and let it chill in this fridge overnight. If you’d prefer to follow a printable recipe, I suggest starting with my simple overnight oats recipe. Once you know the liquid-to-muesli ratio you like, you can play around with the mix-ins and toppings!
You can also cook muesli like you’d cook oatmeal (1 part muesli to 2 parts milk or water). Or keep things super simple and just pour milk over your homemade muesli cereal and dig in.
If you want to keep your breakfast totally homemade, try your hand at making homemade almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk. Homemade non-dairy milks are easier to make than you’d think!
Tips for the Best Muesli
- If desired, you can toast both the oats and the nuts together. Oats can be enjoyed raw, but toasting them adds a subtle nutty flavor to them and changes the texture ever so slightly.
- Depending on the type of dried fruit you add to your muesli cereal, you may need to chop it so it’s easier to eat. For example, dried dates, apples, and mango need to be chopped into bite-sized pieces otherwise you won’t be able to spoon them up.
- Steel cut and instant oats won’t work for this recipe. They’re not the right texture and would be tough to eat.
Looking for more healthy breakfast recipes?
You might also enjoy my pumpkin granola with pecans and berries, banana millet breakfast porridge, baked oatmeal cups, acai berry smoothie bowl, and tahini date pistachio granola.
- 1 1/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (use gluten-free rolled oats for a gluten-free meal)
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts of your choice, preferably toasted (I prefer slivered almonds, pecans or cashews)
- 1/4 cup dried fruit of your choice (raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dates, etc)
- 2 tablespoons flax or shelled sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a medium sized bowl, combine the oats, nuts, fruit, seeds, and cinnamon.
- To serve: enjoy it "raw" with milk or yogurt, allow it to soak in liquid overnight for a softer texture, or cook it on the stovetop with milk (or water) for an oatmeal texture.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.
Please read my full post for additional recipe notes, tips, and serving suggestions!
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a simply beautiful shot of a simple super-foody muesli! very lovely!
Yummy – and so easy to make :)
Fantastic photograph do you use a backdrop? Love the recipe as I have just mastered homemade granola so must try muesli too!
Savory Simple says
I use either cardboard or white paper. You can find large rolls at art supply stores :)
Hey thank you for liking my post, you have a wonderful space :) ……I love muesli and your combination sounds really delish! Checking on your more recipes now……
Just A Smidgen says
I love cereals as well, and have to watch:) This looks like a really healthy version for morning, muesli is the best! xo Smidge
Elaina @ Flavour says
Awesome! I just made my own muesli a few weeks ago too, I’m absolutely addicted and will probably never buy store-bought again!! I love your idea to add goji berries…must find! x
Colby Thornton says
I love muesli, over yogurt or with a bit of honey- yum! This version sounds delicious!!
David ELlis says
Simple,healthy and delicious. I’d say you hit the culinary trifecta.
Scrambled Megs says
Your blog is just gorgeous. Your pics are lovely and you’ve inspired me to start making my own muesli again x
I’ve gotten into making own granola, but being short on time this past week, ended up (begrudgingly) buying a bag of cereal. It never occurred to me how easy it was to make muesli (and guess what kind of cereal I ended up getting)… Definitely keeping this in mind for next time. I’m actually kind of excited to try it :-)
Fabulous photo, and muesli definitely deserves a higher profile, so congrats to you! We eat ours with drinkable goat yogurt and home-canned peaches, pears or cherries:) It is the BEST way to start the day!
The Food Hunter says
Funny I am eating Muesli right now….
Homemade cereal is indeed comfort in a bowl! Your muesli sounds terrific and so easy to put together. I agree, making individual portions is a good idea. When we have a jar of granola on the counter I find myself eating way too much of it!
Jacque Herron says
I like to pour milk on my homemade Muesli, pop it into the micro for an hour, let it sit a bit (to absorb the milk), and enjoy with fresh fruit and a bit more milk. It’s a delicious bowl of hot oatmeal!
Savory Simple says
You microwave it for an HOUR? Wow!
this looks so good!