Muesli Recipes: Homemade is Oh, So Good

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Muesli recipes are really quite simple, and certainly worth the time it takes to create. Muesli is packed with nutrients and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or, in our household, even a light dinner.

We add all types of ingredients in our recipe below but it is certainly easy to adjust muesli recipes to suit your family's preferences. I love knowing that we are getting a wholesome meal when we make it ourselves. My husband and son love the flavor and textures and that it is an easy clean-up. Plus, there is always some left for later.

Muesli Recipes - The Basics

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Muesli was actually created by a Swiss doctor around 1900. (That is assuming Wikipedia is correct.) It is a popular breakfast cereal based on uncooked rolled oats, fruits and nuts. It is available as a packaged dry cereal at the store but my bias is for fresh. It is similar to granola but granola is toasted in oil.

How do you serve it?
We used to mix our homemade muesli with our yogurt but now we just serve it with some soy, or rice milk.

I read that some people prefer to mix it with coffee, hot chocolate, fruit juice, or even plain water so those would be options too. Then you could cut up some fresh fruit, sprinkle it with cinnamon and drizzle it with your favorite honey. (How could that not be anything less than fabulous?) You could also use muesli as a topping on your yogurt or cottage cheese.

Do you have to soak it?
We eat our homemade muesli cold, and we don't soak it but some say to soak your muesli in yogurt, milk or fruit juice for 5-10 minutes so it can soften a bit. The Swiss soak it overnight. The package for Bob's Red Mill Muesli gives directions for eating it hot or cold. If you want it hot, it says to put your muesli in milk or water, bring it to a boil then let it simmer 3-5 minutes. So, there you have it. There are lots of options for serving your favorite muesli recipes.

Muesli Recipes - The Store Bought Version

Okay, if you are going to buy muesli already made than my favorite is none other than Bob's Red Mill He even has a fabulous chocolate chip and muesli cookie recipe on the back.

Muesli Recipes - Our Homemade Version

This recipe was originally given to me by a friend and I think she got it out of a cookbook. We have changed it throughout the years to reflect our tastes and to add more nutrient density. It originally also called for dried figs which we loved but our local grocery was often out or the ones they had in bulk food were beyond dry. Remember, though, that this cereal, due to the nuts, seeds, and dried fruits has quite a few calories so don't go crazy just because it is healthy.

organic oatmeal I have also changed the amounts of ingredients here and there, sometimes doubling, sometimes just making it a “generous cup.” By doing this we have more left-overs for another day. I really don't worry too much about exactness with this recipe and it always turns out just fine. I have even dumped the last crumbly bit of various organic cold cereals into the mix just to finish them and this practice has never detracted from the overall flavor and texture of my muesli recipe.

Just a reminder, just like with any recipe, if you want your muesli recipes to be organic, then simply buy organic ingredients. If your finances or availability won't allow for that than just do what you can.

If I was only taking one step toward organic, my priority would be the milk I add at the end or the yogurt I am topping or mixing with my muesli.

Deanna's Muesli Recipe

*1-2 cups Whole Wheat Flake Cereal (I usually use a variety of Organic Raisin Bran but have also added the tail end of whatever organic cereal is floating around the cupboard)

*1-2 cups Organic Rolled Oats (I usually buy this in the bulk food isle, therefore saving on excess packaging and saving money to boot.)

*3/4 cup Slivered Organic Raw Almonds (I usually make this “generous” if I am leaning toward the 2 cups for the above ingredients, but I don't double it because nuts are high in calories. I also chop my own almonds and buy in bulk to save money. Ideally, these would also be organic but I haven't gotten there yet. Yes, that is a confession. Remember it is a process for me too.)

*2/3 cup Sweetened (or not) Organic Dried Cranberries (Again, I am “generous” but don't double due to the calorie density.)

*2/3 cup Organic Raisins (Raisins are also calorie laden so I don't double this even if I am doubling the oats. I do splurge for organic here because grapes are a highly sprayed crop.)

*2/3 cup Organic Pitted Dates (Think “generous” here rather than doubling. Dates, like all the ingredients in this cereal, are good for you.)

*1/2 cup Natural Raw Wheat Germ (I stick with this measurement, or less, because I have added other fine textured “stuff” to the original recipe. Oh, and I buy Bob's Red Mill brand.)

*1/2 cup Organic Flax Meal and Organic Whole Flax Seed (We are maxing out on fiber here so maybe just add a combined ½ cup.)

*1/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, Toasted (Again, I buy Bob's Red Mill and toasting directions are on the back. Do not try to multi-task while toasting this. Trust me, you will end up with burned coconut.)

*1/4 cup Organic Oat Bran (I usually buy in bulk.)

*1/4 cup Organic Brown Sugar (or less)

*2 T Raw Sunflower Seeds (I just toss in a handful.)

This part is easy. Mix them all in a bowl. I usually hand toss them so I can make sure my chopped dates aren't sticking together. The original muesli recipe called for salt and ground ginger. I skip them both.

Some muesli recipes say to soak the cereal in milk or yogurt (Remember, think organic and/or non-dairy) overnight. I just store ours, dry, in a Ziplock bag or airtight container and stash it in the refrigerator.

We then add soy or rice milk just before we are ready to eat it. Sometimes we add fresh fruit, as well. It is also great on top of our favorite yogurt, whether it is a dairy, soy, or coconut milk variety.

Muesli Recipes - Ingredients Storage

Remember to store nuts, coconut, wheat germ and seeds in your refrigerator. Most have oils that will go “bad” fairly quickly if they are not stored properly.

My thought is, “Why Risk It?” I usually keep small amounts in the refrigerator and put the rest in the freezer. For instance, we buy large bags of Organic Flax Meal at Costco so I just keep a jar in the refrigerator for our

organic smoothies and muesli recipes and stash the rest in the freezer. I do the same with chia seeds even though I have read that they can be stored for up to a year without going rancid.

You may be thinking, “Wow, that is a lot of ingredients for a muesli recipe!” “A.” You can always simplify. This is just what I do. And “B,” you can use many of these ingredients in homemade bread, muffins, to top your oatmeal or in your smoothie recipes.

I think you will enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

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