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I’ve never been a fan of breakfast and like to keep it very, very, very simple. Muesli lets me pack in the nutrition with minimal effort on my part.
It’s a bit like granola, except without the sugar and crunchy clusters. A Swiss doctor, Maximilian Bircher-Benner, developed muesli around 1900 as a healthy, natural meal for patients at his hospital.
Equipment & Ingredients
You won’t need any special equipment to mix up a batch of muesli. A large bowl, spoon, and airtight container are all that you need.
The ingredients are very flexible. Start with a base of rolled oats or other grain like amaranth and add in your favorite nuts, seeds, and shredded coconut. You can also add dried fruit like cranberries or raisins.
How to Make Muesli
Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
Stir together to combine.
Then add them to an airtight container for storage.
How to Serve Muesli
There are multiple options for serving. The simplest is to serve it in a bowl with milk and eat it like a breakfast cereal.
I much prefer cooking it. To do this, combine a heaping 1/2 cup of muesli and 1 cup of water in a pan. Heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Serve with a dash of cinnamon, fresh fruit, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, and a little cream (dairy or coconut).
You can also make it like overnight oats. Combine 1/2 cup muesli with 3/4 cup water or milk, 1/4 cup yogurt, and 1 tbsp sweetener in a small container. Add fresh fruit to the top and cover with a lid. Place in the fridge overnight and use within 3 days.
How to Store
How long you can store your muesli will depend on the nuts and seeds you include in your blend. Some, like hazelnuts, will go rancid faster than others. And while rancid nuts and seeds are unpleasant to eat, they aren’t exactly “bad” as in spoiled by bacteria and going to make you sick.
In general, you can expect your muesli to store for 3 – 6 months when kept in a cool, dark place in an airtight container. Storing in the fridge or freezer will extend the time it takes for seeds and nuts to go rancid.
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup nuts I use walnuts
- ½ cup pepitas and/or sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Pour muesli into an airtight container for storage.