How to make Muesli! A healthier, lower-calorie, sugar-free, cholesterol-lowering alternative to granola, that can be made-ahead with ingredients you probably already have, and best of all- no cooking required! Vegan and Gluten free! 

How to make Muesli! A lighter, healthier, sugar-free, low- fat alternative to granola! Gluten-free, vegan. #muesli #mueslirecipe #feastingathome #veganbreakfast

I’m not sure about you, but if someone would have told me a couple of years ago, that someday I would learn to like Muesli – I never would have believed them! For most of my life, I’ve thought…. why have Muesli when you can have granola? 😉

Granola far outranked muesli as far as I was concerned, in both flavor and texture. Why even bother with Muesli?  And of course, along came a friend, who challenged that notion by giving me a jar of her Muesli.

I was hesitant at first, but I gave it an honest try. The first bowl was ok. Not horrible, but it took some getting used to. The second bowl was better. By the third bowl, I found myself almost looking forward to it. And by the time the jar was empty, I was sad – truly and utterly sad. I had acquired taste for it! And I loved the way it made my body feel- energized and satiated for a good part of the day.

How to make Muesli! A lighter, healthier, sugar-free, low- fat alternative to granola! Gluten-free, vegan. #muesli #mueslirecipe #feastingathome #veganbreakfast

But what really sold me on this Muesli Recipe -are all the health benefits and the ease of making it.

Difference between Granola and Muesli:

Granola, bless its delicious little heart, gets its addicting crunch from some sort of fat, which for many of you is no big deal, but for some of you, is a really big deal.

Muesli isn’t cooked in oil or fat. It is raw with no added oil or butter.

Granola also is made with the addition of some sort of sweetener, sugar, honey, maple.

Muesli is only sweetened with the addition of dried fruit and berries. So in a nutshell, muesli is sugar-free with no added fat, which boils down to….basically a lot fewer calories, but still as filling! But the real kicker here is…. oats are like little scrubbers for our arteries, actually lowering cholesterol levels.

How to make Muesli:

This Muesli recipe can be made in 10 minutes flat and is a great way to sift and sort through your pantry and use up what you already have. There is no cooking required, simply assemble, mix and store.

This Muesli recipe makes enough for 8 cups which will get you through 2 weeks of breakfast. A nice make-ahead breakfast to have on hand when time is short and life is busy.

Changing up the fresh fruit you serve overtop gives it enough variety to make it interesting. Pour nut milk over top and add berries for a light, filling breakfast.

Is Muesli Healthy?

It’s vegan, with no added oil or sugar but what I love most about this Muesli recipe is how energized I feel after eating this and how it sticks with me through the day.

I’ve noticed I actually eat less during the day when I have this as my first meal.  I also love how it keeps things flowing so to speak. High in fiber, it keeps us regular.  Try it and see what you think.

How to make Muesli! A lighter, healthier, sugar-free, low- fat alternative to granola! Gluten-free, vegan. #muesli #mueslirecipe #feastingathome #veganbreakfast

In this muesli recipe, I’ve used toasted organic rolled oats and various nuts, seeds and dried fruit I already had. It’s such a good way to clean out the pantry.

How to make Muesli! A lighter, healthier, sugar-free, low- fat alternative to granola! Gluten-free, vegan. #muesli #mueslirecipe #feastingathome #veganbreakfast

As far as vegan milks- play around with this. I gravitate towards vanilla-flavored, unsweetened hemp milk, almond milk  or oat milk.

In the colder months, I like to heat up the milk before pouring it over top. So good!

Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon.

For added sweetness a drizzle of maple or honey is nice.

Top with fresh berries or seasonal fruit.

 

How to make Muesli! A lighter, healthier, sugar-free, low- fat alternative to granola! Gluten-free, vegan. #muesli #mueslirecipe #feastingathome #veganbreakfast

How to make Muesli! A lighter, healthier, sugar-free, low- fat alternative to granola! Gluten-free, vegan. #muesli #mueslirecipe #feastingathome #veganbreakfast

In summer use fresh berries, in winter, warm apples are nice. Or even apple sauce. If feeling especially hungry sometimes I spoon a couple spoonfuls of almond butter over top.

How to make Muesli! A lighter, healthier, sugar-free, low- fat alternative to granola! Gluten-free, vegan. #muesli #mueslirecipe #feastingathome #veganbreakfast

Allow yourself a few minutes of mindful eating to actually taste the flavors.

How to make Muesli! A lighter, healthier, sugar-free, low- fat alternative to granola! Gluten-free, vegan. #muesli #mueslirecipe #feastingathome #veganbreakfast

Give it a try and see what you think!

If you try this Muesli recipe, be sure to let us know how you liked it or adapted it by leaving a comment and rating!

Cheers, friends!

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How to make Muesli- a healthier, sugar-free, low-fat alternative to granola, that can be made ahead with ingredients you probably already have, and best of all, no cooking required! 

How to make Muesli!

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine| Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, vegan,
  • Method: mixed
  • Cuisine: Scandinavian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

How to make Muesli- a highly nutritious and filling,  low fat, sugar-free, make-ahead, alternative to granola!  Make this with ingredients you already have! Feel free to use GF Rolled oats or grains! Serve with nut milk- like vanilla flavored, unsweetened almond or hemp milk, and fresh berries and fruit.


Ingredients

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Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

Store in a large  8 cup air-tight jar.

Serve with nut, soy or oat milk, fresh berries or fruit and a drizzle of honey or maple.

In the winter I love this served with vanilla flavored oat milk that has been warmed up. So Good!


Notes

Keep this GF, by using gluten-free rolled oats or grains. To cut back further on calories, add less nuts and coconut. If you need to add a little honey to your morning muesli at first ( to make it more palatable)  just do it- you can gradually wean yourself off  of it.  Vanilla flavored nut milks that are unsweetened, work best for me.

Trader Joes has toasted rolled oats- a nice option.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ½ cup-includes all optional seeds, nuts, coconut and raisins.
  • Calories: 236
  • Sugar: 7.1 g
  • Sodium: 4.3 mg
  • Fat: 12.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.3 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 8.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. This is so yummy. I know you don’t really need a recipe for it, but it was the inspiration to finally make some muesli. Delicious (and it looks pretty stunning in the jar, too!)

    1. Awesome Janet! I know, sometimes it’s all about the inspiration. 😉

  2. This is very good even forgetting the coconut. I’ve used it as both a breakfast and a snack. I added cinnamon, yum!

    Thank you.

  3. Such Delicious and Easy Homemade Muesli Recipe it is! Recently I’ve been using True Elements Products which are 100% Wholegrain Certified and are a Clean Food Label Brand. Would love to try this with True Elements Daily Dose Trail Mix and I’m sure the results would be great. Thanks for sharing such amazing recipe. 🙂

    1. Hi Mike! I can’t quite picture it here- what I would do is just try adding the ground flax/ hemp to just one serving (when you are eating it), sprinkle over top or mix it in and see if you like it?

  4. I agree that the first day or two it takes adjustment to the relative blandness. But I absolutely love it and feel great about not eating any added sugar. Once made, breakfasts are super quick to put together. No excuses for grabbing something less healthy:). Thank you!

  5. Satisfying, nutritious and delicious! This keeps me full until lunch. I used chopped dried apricots and golden raisins…yum! I already had everything in my pantry, which was a nice bonus. Assembly was easy and I like that it takes no more effort than a bowl of cereal when it is time to eat.

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  7. This is a fantastic, easy breakfast! I threw in every kind of nut, seed and dried fruit I had in the pantry. I toasted everything except the dried fruit and some of the nuts I had that were already roasted. I’ve been eating it with just plain almond milk and a bit of almond butter or Justin’s honey peanut butter (my favorite so far). I did get some unsweetened vanilla almond milk to try.

  8. Thank you so much for this inspiration! I’ve only tried muesli a few times and have never been impressed but done right, it’s such a great option! The only addition I made was cacao nibs. Fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey take it from a somewhat boring breakfast to super delicious and satisfying. It’s basically a big bowl of superfoods! I usually do just a fruit smoothie for breakfast but at 26 weeks pregnant, that’s just not filling me up anymore. This will forever be a staple in our house! We also RV camp quite a bit and this will be amazing to make ahead and have so many meals ready to go.
    I came to this recipe thanks to the 7 day clean eating guide. I’ve been vegetarian for 14 years and go on whole food kicks pretty often, but needed some new inspiration. Your guide is fabulous and I will definitely be sharing it with friends and family! I picked a few recipes to try this week and can’t wait to make them! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Yum! This is very similar to a Muesli recipe that I have made in the past, but I loved making enough to store and eat during the week. I have just started working my way through the breakfast/lunch/dinner recipes and so far they are all delicious!

  10. Sylvia, thank you for sharing this recipe. I have never made, or even tried, Muesli before and it was delicious. I love the health benefits and that it keeps me full longer than other breakfast options, minimizing my desire to snack. This is going to be a breakfast game changer for me!

  11. This is so easy, healthy and delicious and a great breakfast option I wish I had found when I was working full-time. I’ve made many batches and my favorite way to eat is to add a few tablespoons of European whole milk yogurt and a drizzle of honey too. Delish 🤗

  12. This is an easy, tasty, and nutritious breakfast. I’ve already made several batches; this week’s batch includes giant raisins I picked up in California, pecans, and a sprinkle of finely chopped crystallized candied ginger. Looking forward to enjoying it this week with warmed almond milk and fresh blueberries!

  13. Having an aggressive sweet tooth led me to believe I would not enjoy muesli, and previous experiences I’ve had didn’t change my mind. I have been enjoying your recipes for the last month and a half, and I tried this one and I love it!

    To be fair, I added a tablespoon of coconut palm sugar, and there are several kinds of dried (unsweetened) fruits in mine, which I know increase the sweetness. Imagine my surprise when I pour the first serving and top it with oat milk – it was way sweeter than I expected!

    I made a half batch, so I’ll work my way through this sweetness and the next time I make it, I won’t add any sweetener at all. This really is a wholesome, filling, delicious breakfast.

  14. Perfect timing for me to happen upon your clean eating plan. Just made a batch of muesli and having it for dinner. This will be a nice and more interesting alternative to the oats/spices/chia mix I make, plus I like the quantity recipe. I like that it has no added oil. Oh, and it’s really delicious!

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  16. I love this! I put fresh blueberries and bananas on mine. I use the unsweetened almond milk. My cholesterol levels were borderline and are now in the safe zone; in just three months! My husband eats this every work morning and hasn’t tired of it!

    1. I’d love to hear about any other changes you made to get your cholesterol down… if you have time to share?

      1. Hi Shelley! Sorry for the delay! I basically went mostly vegan. Stopped eating eggs everyday, stopped eating ice cream- my two favorite comfort foods. Cut way back on dairy and meat.

    1. Me too!
      This time of year, I have been putting raspberries on top from the garden, but later on it will be apples and mirabelles.
      Great base though, esp. the toasted nuts. Fab taste, super healthy. I use full fat milk because I have no weight issues, in fact I could use a few pounds, and the taste is far superior.

  17. Delicious change for breakfast! I toasted the oats @ 375 until fragrant and light brown. Then I toasted the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and pecans. Mixed well. I enjoyed this with a heaping Tbs of natural peanut butter and 1/4 cup milk. Simple ingredients in their purity makes the most fulfilling food.