Muesli is a Swiss-inspired breakfast cereal that’s an excellent (dare I say, superior!) alternative to cooked oatmeal, overnight oats or granola.
Grab a pre-made trail mix with good variety to use and get a complex flavor profile variety with little effort. Or change it up every time, with your own combo of dried fruits and nuts.
Muesli make a perfect hot or cold breakfast or snack, anytime. Prepare and store a batch in less than 30 minutes to last you for weeks!
Basic recipe yields 7 Cups, 28 servings. Double it if you love this recipe and have space to store it.
2 Cups (8 oz) trail mix, with any combination of dried fruits and nuts
1 Cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 Cup sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
5.5 Cups (1 lb, 450 g) organic old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 Cup ground flaxseed (optional)
Process trail mix: If your nuts and dried fruit are in small pieces, skip this step. If your trail mix has whole nuts or large pieces, dump the trail mix into your food processor. Process with cutting blade for one minute or until pieces are similar to the size of a chocolate chip or smaller.
Stir: In a large bowl, stir together processed trail mix (or dried fruit and nuts), with coconut, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, salt and oats. Stir until mixed well.
Flaxseed: Ground flaxseed can go rancid when stored at room temperature. So, if you have space to store the muesli in the refrigerator, add flaxseed now. Otherwise, simply sprinkle flaxseed on each portion when serving.
Store: Divide muesli into glass jars, filled to the top and sealed tightly. Store in the refrigerator, if possible. Otherwise, store in a dark cupboard. Keep in cupboard for up to 2 weeks. Keep in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. Test first to ensure quality after prolonged storage.
Cold: Serve 1/4 Cup muesli in a bowl, with 1/3 Cup raw cashew milk or yogurt. Top with shredded apples, sliced bananas or blueberries. Eat immediately or let rest for 15 minutes or overnight.
Hot: Cover muesli with water. Heat on stove or microwave for one minute. Add milk, yogurt and fruit as desired.
Fruit and Nut Combinations: Use any combination of 1 Cup of dried fruit and 1 Cup of nuts or seeds, instead of the trail mix. Examples:
a. Traditional: 1/2 Cup raisins, 1/2 Cup chopped dates, 1/2 Cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 Cup sliced almonds
b. Festive: 1/2 Cup sliced almonds, 1/2 Cup pecans, 1/2 Cup fruit-sweetened cranberries, 1/2 Cup chopped dried apples
c. Tropical: 1/2 Cup macadamia nuts, 1/2 Cup cashews, 1/2 Cup dried mango, 1/2 Cup dried pineapple
d. Budget-Friendly: 1 Cup sunflower seeds, 1 Cup raisins
Super Cute Gift! A pint or quart jar of muesli makes an excellent gift! I look for unique jars at the thrift store for giving homemade food and body products.