Muesli is one of my favorite cold cereals. It’s been one of my go-to breakfasts for the last few months, next to this Vanilla Chia Pudding with fruit. With the cooler months ahead it’s a perfect time to introduce a more cold and summer like oat breakfast leaving the hot oatmeal, like this Everyday Oatmeal, for cooler seasons. It’s a no-fuss, gluten free muesli mix that’s so easy to throw together. I used a large 1/2 gallon ball jar like these in a batch or this one from Target which are perfect for your large batch muesli mix and even have cup lines on the side so you can measure without having to use measuring cups. Once you’ve made your muesli, it’s pretty enough to keep on the kitchen counter or store in the pantry if you prefer. Now you’ve got yourself a ready-made healthy breakfast or lunch if you will. I love the addition of fresh berries and dried mulberries if I have them on hand for extra flavor and freshness. If you feel you need to sweeten your cereal a bit, add a teaspoon or so of maple syrup or coconut nectar over top before serving. For even more flavor add a dash of cinnamon over top too, its delicious! Change up the ingredients by using shredded or flaked coconut, cranberries, chopped dates, cherries or apricots, slivered almonds, pistachios, etc. You get the idea. Use whatever flavor combination works for you using the suggested ratio I have in the notes. I hope this inspires you to make a batch of this wholesome goodness and enjoy often, it’s a perfect way to start the day!
I use only rolled oats in my muesli making it easily accessible, economical and gluten free. I’ll add in goji berries, currants and dried blueberries for my fruits. It’s preferable to use unsweetened fruits but if one of your choices is sweetened, like my dried organic blueberries, I think we’ll be fine! You can also use raisins, cranberries, chopped dates, cherries, apricots, etc.
For the seeds, I like pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and raw sunflower seeds. Feel free to use slivered/chopped almonds or any nuts and seeds you prefer. I tend to stay away from the smaller ingredients in a large batch like this just because they most likely will end up on the bottom of the jar. Try to stick with ingredients that are about the same size to help keep them evenly distributed. If you want to add smaller ingredients like hemp or chia seeds, just sprinkle some on top before eating.
Once you’ve made your batch of muesli, you’re ready to pour and serve with or without toppings.Prepare your muesli one of two ways:
Above is overnight muesli. It’s easy to prepare. Simply fill your jar, cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat, at least 4 hours and up to 3 days. Makes for a great take along breakfast, snack or lunch.
Below is pour and serve, eating after 5 minutes or so of letting the milk soak into the oats softening them just a bit.
Both ways are terrific and have their place in your healthy habit meal routine!I use unsweetened almond milk and add fresh berries along with a few dried mulberries. I sometimes add a drizzle of maple syrup if I want a little sweetness. And if I remember, I’ll add a dash of cinnamon or ground vanilla bean for a little extra flavor. I love all the flavors combined and suggest trying it for yourself. I think you’ll love it too!
DIY MUESLI MIX
- 5 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/3 cup raisins or currants
- 1/3 cup dried blueberries
- 1/3 cup goji berries
>Place ingredients in your large jar, attach the lid and shake, twist and roll until evenly distributed. If using a large bowl, stir mixture and add to container of choice.
When ready to serve, add 1/2 – 3/4 cup of muesli to your bowl, add enough milk to cover and let set for about 5 minutes or so until the oats soften a bit. Add a little sweetener of choice (I use a drizzle of maple syrup) and some fresh berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. Sliced strawberries and/or bananas would also be great. If you have some dried mulberries on hand, throw some in they taste great! When ready to eat, add a little extra milk as you like. Once you’ve made this a few times, you’ll find your perfect way.
To make overnight muesli, add about 3/4 cup muesli to a jar/bowl, top with fruits of choice if you like and cover with milk. Seal or cover and keep in the refrigerator overnight or up to 3 days (make a few so they’re ready to grab and enjoy or take along). Mix before eating, add a little extra milk as needed (if at all).
Makes about 7 cups serving approx. 9 – 14.
Feel free to add 1/2 cup of flaked or shredded coconut. You can change up the dried fruit by adding dried cranberries, chopped dates, cherries or apricots etc. Add any nuts and seeds you prefer. Slivered almonds are great in the mix. Mix and match as you like making this your own!
If you’re not going to top with any fresh fruit, feel free to add in another 1/2 cup or so of dried fruit of choice. Suggested ratio:
5 cups rolled oats
1 cup mixed nuts & seeds
1 cup mixed dried fruit (pref. unsweetened varieties)