When you start your day, it’s pretty important to ensure that you are fuelling your body for the day ahead. This is why you’ll always hear people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it’s true.
The reason why it is so crucial is that it breaks the fasting period from your last meal the night before. Hence the name break-fast.
Eating your first meal of the day will replenish your body with extra glucose that you need to be energized and alert for the next twelve hours or so. It will also just keep you much healthier in general.
Of course, this isn’t the case if you eat anything for your breakfast in the morning. You want to make sure that your meal of choice is nice and healthy, and actually contains all those nutrients and minerals, and whatever else that your body needs to fuel itself.
This is why muesli is a great choice for your morning meal. It contains all that good stuff that your body craves and is going to keep you happy and healthy until lunchtime rolls around.
However, regardless of the importance of breakfast, you’ll often find lots of people skipping this meal. And, what can we say, we’ve all been there.
Our days often start pretty early, and busy schedules more often than not lead to us staying up a bit later than we should have done the night before.
You then end up lying in a little bit longer than you perhaps should have done and suddenly there’s just no time for breakfast.
That’s why we’ve created a recipe that is really simple and quick to make to ensure that you never skip that meal that is so vital to your health.
What Is Muesli?
So, what exactly is muesli? It’s a kind of cereal that is made with rolled oats and then a whole host of other healthy and scrummy ingredients such as seeds, dried fruit, and or nuts.
Muesli often gets mistaken for its somewhat unhealthier counterpart granola. Now, this isn’t to say that granola is super unhealthy, because it definitely isn’t.
However, muesli is definitely a healthier option because it has a significantly lower sugar content, and unlike granola, it doesn’t contain any oil either.
So What Is The Difference Between Muesli And Granola?
The two both contain pretty similar ingredients so it’s understandable that you might not really know the distinction between the two. And essentially, the only difference is how they are prepared and made.
To make granola you’ll usually coat your ingredients in oil and then bake them in the oven until they turn a nice golden brown color and are crispy.
Muesli on the other hand does not get baked. Instead, the ingredients are all just mixed together as they are.
How Is This Recipe Healthy?
So, you’ll sometimes hear people say that muesli isn’t actually all that healthy. And they can be correct. But this tends to refer to the store-bought kind and not homemade recipes.
You see, most muesli that you’ll find in your local store has lots of added sugars to make them sweeter, and even the dried fruits themselves are often coated in a load of sugar too. And this high sugar content makes them not all that great.
However, with this recipe, you won’t be dousing your ingredients in tons of sugar.
You’ll be using whole-grain oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, all of which pack in tons of healthy nutrients and minerals.
And to ensure that you still get that nice sweet taste that makes the cereal palatable, you’ll be using a small amount of coconut sugar.
This will make your homemade cereal far superior in terms of health to prepackaged options. And it tastes way better too!
You should opt for rolled oats when it comes to your choice of oats. They’ll definitely give you the best texture. They’re chewier and have a nicer nuttier taste. They also contain lots of carbs, protein, and fiber.
When it comes to nuts, we recommend using walnuts or almonds, but you can use whichever nuts you like the best.
In terms of health, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, or hazelnuts are all great options. Macadamia and pecan nuts are your typically least healthy options.
The same applies to seeds, you can really choose whichever ones you prefer. Flax seeds, sesame, pumpkin, or sunflower seeds are all great healthy options.
We’ve kept it simple here and opted for golden raisins and dried cranberries, but again the world is your oyster. Dried pineapple or papaya are great options if you want a more exotic feel.
You’ll want just a touch of this to make your breakfast a little sweeter, but if you can’t use this you can always substitute it for brown sugar.
So let’s take a look at how to make your super scrumptious breakfast!
The first thing you’ll want to do is mix together all your oats, seeds, and nuts into a large bowl.
Then you’ll want to grab an oven-proof dish that has a piece of baking sheet over it. Spread your mixture evenly over the baking sheet.
It’s worth noting that this step isn’t necessary, but it will massively improve the flavors so we definitely recommend doing so.
After a short amount of time in the oven, your mixture will toast and go a slightly golden brown color. At this point pull your mixture out of the oven. You can then sprinkle it with your coconut or brown sugar.
Then mix it all together again to ensure the sugar is evenly distributed.
Get Tucking In
And as easy as that, you’ve made your delicious cereal.
Ways To Serve Muesli
There are plenty of ways to serve your muesli once you’ve made it. Below you’ll find some of our favorite options.
In A Bowl
One of the quickest and easiest options is to chuck your mixture into a bowl and get munching. You can serve dry or you can add a splash of milk as you would with any other cereal.
Baked/Overnight Oats seem to be all the rage at the minute, and this is a fairly similar option.
All you need to do to make this is mix ½ a cup of muesli with half a cup of your milk of choice and add a spoon full of maple syrup or honey to make it sweeter.
You can prepare this the night before, leave it for around 15 minutes, or even eat it straight away.
Use It As A Topping
Much like you would with granola, you can use this muesli as a tasty topping to add a bit of crunch to other ingredients. It works great on top of many different flavored yogurts and goes great as a topping on smoothies too.
How To Store Your Muesli
Muesli is pretty easy to store, you really only need to pop it into an airtight container. We recommend using a large mason jar, but any airtight container will do the job just fine.
As long as it is sealed, it tends to last a pretty long time. It is worth noting though, that it always tastes its best when it’s relatively fresh.
Tips & Tricks For The Best Tasting Muesli
Use Rolled Oats
As we mentioned earlier, rolled oats are the best choice. They will give it a much chewier texture and tastier flavor than you will get from using quick oats.
Use Unsalted/Unroasted Nuts & Seeds
Since you’ll already be toasting the mixture in the oven you are much better off using unsalted and unroasted nuts and seeds for your muesli.
Add The Fruit After Baking
Since your fruit is already dried, adding them to the mix before baking can make them go really dry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Eat Muesli Hot Or Cold?
Either! The choice is yours. If you opt for cold muesli, you’ll prepare it as you would any other cereal by just adding the muesli and milk to a bowl.
For warm muesli, you’ll need to add equal parts muesli and milk to a pot, place it on the stove, and simmer for around 5 minutes.
Can You Eat Muesli Multiple Times A Week?
Yep! You could eat it every day should you wish. It contains tons of goodness that will keep you fit and healthy. Following this recipe, you’ll have a really great balanced breakfast.
Can Muesli Aid Weightloss?
It can do yes! Because of the ingredients in muesli, you’ll be much fuller for longer, so you won’t need to snack to keep full until your next meal.
Is Muesli As Healthy As Oatmeal?
Muesli is basically oatmeal, so yep! The only real difference between the two is the extra ingredients such as seeds, nuts, and dried fruit, all of which are super healthy.
Is Muesli Gluten-Free?
Providing that you swap out your rolled oats for gluten-free oats this recipe will be gluten-free. However, not all muesli will be gluten-free.
So if you decide to purchase muesli from the store, you’ll need to ensure that you read the ingredients list to determine whether or not it will be suitable for you.
- 2 Cups Of Rolled Oats
- ¼ Cup Of Chopped Walnuts
- ¼ Cup Of Sliced Almonds
- ¼ Cup Of Pumpkin Seeds
- ¼ Cup Of Dried Cranberries
- ¼ Cup Of Golden Raisins
- 2 tbsp Of Coconut Sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheet with parchment paper
- Mix oats, nuts, and seeds together in a bowl and spread evenly onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 10 minutes and mix halfway through so they do not burn.
- Remove from oven and add fruit and sugar
- Mix together to ensure an even spread
- All done!
And there you have it! How easy was that? As you can see, muesli really doesn’t take all that long to make but we can assure you that it tastes amazing.
You can prepare it one evening and pop it in an airtight container and then in the mornings all you have to do is add it to a bowl, and voila – breakfast is ready.
So no more skipping out on your most important meal of the day and feeling tired and lethargic because of it.
This recipe is nice and healthy so you can be sure that you will be fueled for the day and it’ll keep you nice and full until lunch rolls around too.
And what’s great about this recipe is that it is totally versatile. You don’t have to eat the exact same cereal day in and day out because there are countless ways you can mix it up each time you make it.
Maybe you’ll use walnuts and cranberries this time, and next time you can use almonds and dried papaya. You can choose between sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds, or maybe poppy seeds.
And even then there are still countless ways you can prepare and serve your muesli. Maybe tomorrow you’ll have a hot bowl, the day after a cold one.
The day after that you might try bircher muesli, and the day after that you’ll sprinkle it atop some yogurt or pop it in a smoothie!
Whichever option you choose, I can assure you that you’ll love each and every bite!
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