Homemade Muesli

This homemade muesli is an easy, healthy breakfast recipe that just may banish boxed cereal with dusty-tasting grains forever from your morning routine.

Homemade Muesli

“Homemade muesli is so much less sugary than the expensive store-bought brands that often contain nothing but rather dusty-tasting grains and too many raisins,” asserts author Ghillie James. We think we’ve found a soulmate in her. In her recipe, which follows, she gives you all the perfect proportions for a healthy, easy breakfast cereal so that you can make it your own and vary the grains and fruit and nuts as you please. Your homemade muesli creation is limited only by the confines of your imagination (and maybe the nut and fruit bins at your local grocery store).

As for how to serve the muesli, grabbing a bowlful on the go with a dribble of milk or a blob of yogurt (and a modicum of honey, if you please) isn’t a bad way to go. Neither is heating it with a little milk (whether from a cow or a nut or a seed or a grain or whatever) and tucking into it while hot. Homemade muesli is also swell stirred into your fave boxed breakfast cereal or even sprinkled over arguably less healthful things like ice cream, in case you’re the sort who indulges in breakfast dessert. Originally published May 12, 2014.Renee Schettler Rossi

Homemade Muesli

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Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

If you prefer a raw muesli, mix the grain flakes, oats, and bran, if using, in a large bowl. If you prefer a toasted muesli, mix the grain flakes, oats, and bran, if using, on a rimmed baking sheet and spread the grains so everything is 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. (You may need 2 baking sheets.) Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the grains look lightly toasted (but not browned) when you stir them with a spoon. Transfer the toasted flakes to a plate or another baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. Dump the flakes in a large bowl.

Stir in the seeds, dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate or banana chunks, if using, as well as anything else you want to add to the grains. Dump the muesli in an airtight container, cover, and store at room temperature for up to a couple weeks.

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    • The Author’s Favorite Homemade Muesli
    • Follow the instructions above, using 2 1/2 cups barley flakes, 2 1/2 cups rye flakes, 3 3/4 cups oat flakes, 2 tablespoons wheat bran, 1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, 3/4 cup roughly chopped Brazil nuts, 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots and raisins, a handful each broken dried banana chips and coconut shavings, and 3 tablespoons chia seeds.

    • Superfood Homemade Muesli
    • Follow the instructions above, using 5 cups quinoa flakes, 5 cups oat flakes, 1/2 cup goji berries or dried blueberries, 1/2 cup chopped dates or prunes, 4 tablespoons chia seeds, 2 tablespoons flaxseeds, and 4 tablespoons toasted blanched almonds.

    • Gluten-Free Homemade Muesli
    • Follow the instructions above, using 2 1/2 cups gluten-free oats, 5 cups quinoa flakes, 2 tablespoons flaxseeds, 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, 3/4 cup toasted, roughly chopped, whole almonds, and 3/4 cup dried fruit.

    • For more variations, see the comments below.

    Recipe Testers' Reviews

    When I saw this homemade muesli recipe, I thought it looked like something my family would enjoy, but I wondered whether the lack of added sugar would make it a little too bland. On the contrary, it was so full of flavor, it was preferred by my entire family to the store-bought sugary version of muesli. I decided to toast half the batch of grains and oats and leave the remaining half raw. Both ended up being well-received, but the combined mishmash that happened when the containers were half empty was everyone's favorite.

    The hardest part about this recipe was finding some of the ingredients I wanted. I thought I'd be picking the grains, but I ended up having to go with what I could find, which was barley and quinoa flakes. They were in the organic food section, but I later found some of the other options in the nuts, cereals, or baking aisles at different grocery stores. You may need to ask someone who works at your store where they are. I made this recipe 3 days ago, and the muesli has taken on so many forms—it's been added to yogurt (sometimes with honey or a spoonful of jam), ice cream (or, in my husband's case, a little ice cream was added to a big bowl of muesli), heated in the microwave for about 90 seconds with a little milk for a warm, thick, creamy breakfast, mixed with store-bought cereal to make it a little heartier and more healthful, combined with peanut butter and sliced bananas, and even poured into a cup to be eaten plain. So versatile, nutritious, and yummy. It's lacrosse season, and the entire family is training for a marathon and half-marathon, so I think I'll be making this a lot. I'd like to try different versions of the recipe—there are so many options, but I'll definitely make one with no fruit so each person can add exactly what he or she wants. Fresh or frozen fruit would work great in place of dried if added at the last moment.

    This homemade muesli recipe came just in time as we're trying a mostly plant-based diet in our house. I had never made any type of muesli before, and this couldn't have been easier! Especially since I went with the raw version. I must admit that the recipe seemed to make way too large of a batch, so I cut the recipe in half. A week later, it's all gone, and now I'm wishing I'd made the full batch! I used old-fashioned rolled oats, rolled barley flakes, quinoa flakes, wheat bran, flax seeds, and chia seeds. I added dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried dates, raisins, cashews, and almonds. (And, to a few servings, I added homemade "chocolate chips" made with cocoa, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Num!) It was the perfect healthful breakfast (and sometimes lunch!) with some almond milk. I'm excited to experiment some more and see what else I come up with. And this time I'll be making the full batch!


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    1. I’m watching my weight – Does anyone have an idea of how many calories one cup of muesli would be??

    2. I’m 13, so just asking if I could change out the 5 cups of whole-grain flakes for something else (possibly cheaper). Could I use Cornflakes or crunched up Weetabix?

      1. Ellie, welcome to Leite’s! We haven’t tried it that way, so we can’t tell you for certain how it will turn out, although if you prefer the texture and taste of those cereals, then it seems the muesli will be more to your liking. Just expect a coarser, crunchier muesli. Kindly let us know how it goes!

    3. Tx David & Renee for your interest. Will keep you updated. Found out that the seeds too need to be soaked. So it’s turning out to be a bit longer than I expected. But if I’m going to do it might as well do it the best way possible! I have poppy seeds too, so am wondering if that too can be added. Any ideas?

      1. Sam, the seeds don’t need to be soaked, but some say that an overnight soak amplifies the bioavailability of the nutrients contained within. So to soak or not to soak is your call. I wonder if the poppy seeds may all sift to the bottom of the container? But as David said, no real reason not to add them.

    4. I am just about to make some muesli and came across this site.

      I have some cashew nuts, peanuts (groundnuts here in India), almonds, walnuts, assorted seeds like sesame, pumpkin & melon, dates and raisins. To this I will add flattened red rice and oats. Just found out that it’s best to soak the nuts overnight, so will do that and dry it and mix the whole lot together to get some yummy muesli.

      1. That sounds spectacular, Sam. I think I’m going to take a cue from you and mimic that as closely as I can, and I’m certain others will as well. Thank you. Look forward to hearing which recipe on the site you try next!

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