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!
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 had this huge prejudice against it. 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.
But what really sold me on this Muesli Recipe -are all the health benefits and the ease of making it.
Granola, bless its delicious 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. Granola also is made with addition of some sort of sweetener, sugar, honey, maple- and 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.
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.
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 for breakfast. 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.
In this muesli recipe I’ve used toasted rolled oats and various nuts, seeds and dried fruit I already had. It’s such a good way to clean out the pantry.
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!
For added sweetness a drizzle of maple or honey is nice. Top with fresh berries or seasonal fruit.
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.
Allow yourself a few minutes of mindful eating to actually taste the flavors.
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!
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.
- 4 cups organic rolled oats or other grain, toasted if you like
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, or a mix
- 1 cup toasted nuts – slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds ( optional)
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds ( optional)
- 2 tablespoons whole flax seeds ( optional)
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut ( optional)
- 1 cup dried fruit- cranberries, raisins, cherries, goji berries, raspberries, blueberries
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!
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.
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