This easy muesli recipe walks you through making homemade breakfast cereal. It’s gluten-free, vegan, quick, inexpensive, and delicious!
Growing up, I absolutely loved breakfast cereals. I ate them as a snack, ate multiple bowls for breakfast on a regular basis, and loved mixing together different kinds to make my own cereal concoctions.
As I got older, however, I started noticing something upsetting. Cereal is EXPENSIVE! Plus, even the “healthier” choices tended to have quite a bit more sugar than I was happy about.
For a long time, I stopped eating cereal. But I missed it. A lot. This easy muesli recipe is the solution to my breakfast cereal woes– a homemade breakfast cereal that’s easy, affordable, and even more delicious than store-bought cereal.
What is Muesli?
Muesli is a type of breakfast cereal that’s usually made from a grain (like rolled oats), dried fruit, nuts (and sometimes seeds), and some type of sweetener.
It can be eaten uncooked or toasted, hot or cold.
Are Muesli and Granola the Same Thing?
No. They’re very similar, but granola usually has some type of fat added (like butter or oil), and is typically baked.
The texture is also different– the added fat in granola causes the grains, nuts, and fruit to cluster together in larger pieces. Muesli is a looser mixture without large clusters.
Granola can be eaten on its own as a snack, while muesli is usually eaten like a cereal with milk or a non-dairy milk.
Can I Use Steel-Cut Oats?
No. To use oats in a muesli recipe, you’ll want to stick to rolled oats, not steel-cut oats or instant oats.
Rolled oats have been partially cooked, and then rolled out. They’re safe to eat raw or toasted, but won’t turn to mush in your cereal bowl.
Can I Use Grains Other than Rolled Oats?
Yes, but stick to hulled and rolled grains when you’re making a muesli recipe. These will be easier to digest, and will soften when they sit in milk.
Rolled oats are the easiest to find, but you can also find rolled barley, rolled rye, or rolled spelt.
Do I Have to Toast the Grains?
No. You can skip toasting the grains, but toasting will improve the flavor, only takes about ten minutes, and can be done ahead of time.
Can I Use Fresh Fruit Instead of Dried Fruit?
Yes. If you prefer, skip the dried fruit and add fresh fruit right before serving. (Or be crazy, and use both dried fruit and fresh fruit.)
Keep in mind that adding fruit adds more sugar to the cereal.
Can I Skip the Sweetener?
Of course. You could also add honey, maple syrup, or sugar to taste as you’re eating the cereal.
In my opinion, you get the best flavor from this muesli recipe by adding just a little drizzle of maple syrup to the grains before you toast them.
Muesli Recipe: How to Make Muesli
To make this muesli recipe, simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or a silicon baking sheet. Spread the grains out over the liner, add the nuts, and drizzle a little maple syrup (or your favorite sweetener) over the grains.
Toast them in the oven until the grains are golden, and then pour them into an airtight container. Stir in some dried fruit, and your homemade cereal is ready to go!
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Muesli Recipe: How to Make Homemade Breakfast Cereal
This easy muesli recipe walks you through making homemade breakfast cereal. It's gluten-free, vegan, quick, inexpensive, and delicious!
Makes about eight 1/3 cup servings, or 4-6 more generous servings. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
Use the ingredients listed as a guide, and customize the cereal to fit your tastes.
- 2 cups rolled oats (See recipe notes)
- 1/4 cup nuts or seeds
- 2 TB maple syrup (See recipe notes)
- 1/4 cup dried fruit
- To Serve: milk or non-dairy milk substitute
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or a silicon baking sheet. Spread the oats and nuts over the baking sheet, and drizzle the syrup over the oats.
Note: If using aluminum foil, spray or brush the foil with oil to prevent sticking.
Toast the oats in the oven for about 10 minutes, until the oats are golden.
Note: Some nuts will burn faster than others. Start checking on the oats and nuts at 8 minutes, and take the tray out of oven early if the nuts are getting dark.
Take the tray out of the oven, and allow the mixture to cool.
Cut any large pieces of dried fruit into small, bite-sized pieces. Stir the fruit into the oat mixture.
Serve cereal immediately with either cold or hot milk, or store in an air-tight container or bag.
Use within 1-2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.
Gluten-Free: Make sure to use gluten-free certified oats, and keep in mind that not all grain-substitutions will be gluten-free.
Grain Substitutions: If desired, mix-in or substitute other rolled grains such as rolled barley, rolled spelt, or rolled rye.
Sweetener Substitutions: Swap maple syrup for agave syrup, honey, or sugar. Sweetener can also be added after toasting the grains (instead of before), but the flavor will be different.
Muesli Combination Ideas:
- Oats, Pecans, Maple Syrup, and Dried Cranberries
- Oats, Almonds, Honey, and Dried Blueberries
- Oats, Walnuts, Maple Syrup, and Dried Figs
- Oats, Maple Syrup, Toast coconut, Cacao Nibs or Chocolate Chips (Add the cacao nibs or chocolate after the cereal cools)