This Easy Power Muesli, a mixture of rolled oats and various nuts, fruit, and other cereals, is vegan, protein packed, and a fabulous pre-hike breakfast.
What’s the fastest breakfast ever? Cereal!!! It is a rare day, however, when I start my morning with a bowl of my beloved Cheerios. Why? You probably already know why– it’s the classic breakfast cereal conundrum.
Option one: Eat a bowl packed full of what is surely three, maybe four, “suggested servings” of cereal. Or, option two: I’m hungry again 30 minutes after I eat. Some days, I could even eat four servings of cereal and STILL be hungry 30 minutes later. It’s a problem.
However, when I was packing food for our cross-country, hiking and driving extravaganza, cereal just seemed like such a ridiculously easy meal that I couldn’t skip it. The husband suggested muesli as a healthier, more filling cereal option, I put it on my grocery list… and then I couldn’t find it. Anywhere. I searched high and low, store after store, and guess what? Still no muesli. (On a side note, as soon as we came home, I found muesli everywhere).
Since I couldn’t find any pre-made, we made our own. Once I realized how easy it is to mix together, I was happy we’d made our own and chosen all our own ingredients. This Easy Power Muesli is vegan, protein packed,* and a fabulous pre-hike breakfast.
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Gather Ingredients + Make Muesli
Not sure what muesli is? It’s a mixture of rolled oats and various nuts, fruit, and other cereals. It’s perfect for days when you need a little extra energy, but don’t have time for an elaborate breakfast. For camping, this is extra perfect, because it gives you a tasty, filling meal without the hassle of getting out the camp-stove.
We mostly ate this cereal in the wee hours of the morning, before setting out on pre-dawn desert hikes. It was the perfect way to avoid cooking, avoid dishes, and avoid waking up still sleeping tent-neighbors. If you happen to be camping with zero access to refrigeration, don’t despair! There are shelf-stable cartons of milk or milk substitutes– we used this milk— so there’s no reason you can’t have cereal too.
Much like trail mix, some muesli has more sugar than others, and the nutritional information can vary widely. To have more control over your cereal, mix up your own batch. For our muesli, we mixed rolled oats, a few nuts, some dried fruit, and then also added in another protein-rich cereal (I used Grape Nuts, but use whatever high-protein cereal you like). Mix it all up, pour milk on top, eat up, and enjoy your hike!
Note: The ingredients in this muesli are protein-filled, but actual nutrition information will vary depending on what nuts and cereals you use.
Also Note: While this is a perfect ‘glamping’ recipe, there’s no reason you can’t also enjoy this cereal at home too!
Do you need to make dinner after your hike? Check out these ‘glamping‘ recipes:
Easy Power Muesli
Glamping / Camping Recipe
Serves 2, or 1 hungry hiker
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (any type)
- 1/4 cup protein-rich cereal (like Grape Nuts)
- 1/8 cup nuts
- 1/8 cup dried fruit
- To Serve: milk or milk substitute (shelf-stable if camping without refrigeration), banana or other fruit if desired
Mix oats, cereal, nuts, and fruit together. Serve with milk, and more fruit if desired.
Calorie calculations assumed Grape Nuts cereal, almonds, and dried cranberries were used, and do not include the milk.