When I was living in Austria, I was introduced to a wonderful breakfast dish called muesli. If you don’t know what it is, here is the description from Wikipedia:
Muesli is a popular breakfast meal based on uncooked rolled oats, fruit and nuts… It is available in a packaged dry form, or it can be made fresh…
Muesli was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. It was inspired by a similar “strange dish” that he and his wife had been served on a hike in the Swiss Alps…
Muesli in its modern form became popular in western countries starting in the 1960s as part of increased interest in health food and vegetarian diets.Traditional muesli was eaten with orange juice and not milk.
Muesli is not the same as granola. Granola is prepared with the addition of sweeteners and oil and, as a result, is higher in sugar and calories than muesli.
Living in Austria, I loved muesli and had it for breakfast almost every morning. I also sometimes ate it in the evening if I wanted just a light meal.
After I moved to Canada, I tried to find a good packaged muesli in grocery stores. I bought countless boxes of something manufacturers called “muesli” but it just wasn’t the same. Everything looked great on the package but once I opened the box, the mix inside wasn’t the muesli I loved so much. That’s why I decided to make my own.
Making muesli is very easy – you just need to buy the ingredients, mix them, place the mix in a dry glass container that has a tight lid and keep it in a dark cool place.
- 3 cups rolled slow-cooking oats
- 2 cups unsweetened dry cranberries
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup flax seeds
- In a large bowl, the combine oats, cranberries, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds. Mix well.
- Transfer the muesli into a dry glass container and cover with a tight lid. Store in a dark cool place.
How do you serve muesli?
Very easy – just add your favorite nut milk or yogurt to about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of muesli.
I have read that some people add milk/yogurt to their muesli the night before and let it soak in the fridge overnight. I personally don’t do that because I don’t like my muesli cold and soggy.
Spice up your muesli with these fun variations:
Apple & Cinnamon – ¼ tsp cinnamon, ½ chopped apple, 1/2 to 3/4 cup muesli, your favorite nut milk/yogurt;
Tropical – 1 Tbsp shredded coconut; ½ banana chopped, 1/2 to 3/4 cup muesli, your favorite nut milk/yogurt;
Very Berry – 2 handfuls of blueberries and/or blackberries, 1/2 to 3/4 cup muesli, your favorite nut milk/yogurt;
Strawberry & Yogurt – 3 or 4 strawberries, 2 Tbsp yogurt, 1/2 to 3/4 cup muesli, your favorite nut milk.
Do you have your favorite way to serve muesli? Share it with us by leaving a comment below.