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Homemade Muesli Breakfast Cereal

Healthy Homemade Toasted Muesli

Breakfast | 8th October 2009 | By

Are you a muesli eater? If so, have you thought of making your own? It’s really very easy and generally more interesting and a lot healthier than the stuff you buy. This recipe for homemade muesli contains toasted whole grain flakes, dried fruit and plenty of crunchy nuts and seeds.

We eat quite a lot of muesli. Sometimes this is in the form of Swiss style bircher muesli, or overnight oats. Sometimes it’s granola and sometimes it’s just as it comes straight from the jar. But we also often eat toast for breakfast instead. In a bid to have a sightlier healthier breakfast in the mornings, I thought it was time to make our homemade muesli once again.

Healthy Homemade Muesli

Muesli is generally better for you than granola as it contains no added sugar or fat. It’s a mix of flaked whole grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. It’s also a bit easier to make.

Healthy Homemade Muesli.

Normally, I make my homemade muesli with rolled oats. But I like to change things up occasionally. This time I’ve used Hodmedod’s British grown four-grain muesli base. It’s a mix of rolled oats, jumbo oats, rye flakes, naked barley flakes and malted wheat flakes. It makes for a very special muesli indeed.

Sometimes I like to add some nutritious cocoa nibs. These have the added bonus of giving a nice chocolatey crunch. This time I didn’t.

Homemade muesli with hazelnut milk and yoghurt.

Homemade muesli is especially delicious eaten with yoghurt or with kefir, especially if left to soak for a while. You can also add fresh or stewed fruit. As you can see from the picture above, I have been known to have it with hazelnut milk and yoghurt.

To Toast or Not to Toast

You don’t need to toast muesli ingredients in order to make a delicious and nutritious breakfast. However, toasting the rolled grains, nuts and seeds just brings out the flavours and makes the muesli slightly crispy. Sometimes I toast and sometimes I don’t. So if time is of the essence, don’t toast and don’t worry.

So What’s the Difference Between Muesli and Bircher Muesli?

If you walk down any breakfast cereal aisle in British supermarkets, you’ll see a huge range of muesli brands on offer. We tend to eat it with milk or yoghurt added not long before we down it. Bircher muesli, on the other hand, is the Swiss way of making muesli. The oats and other additions are soaked in milk, yoghurt, cream, fruit juice or water overnight and fresh fruit is added in the morning. This is also now known as overnight oats.

What To Put In Homemade Muesli?

Muesli is incredibly versatile. Really you can make it with any whole grain flake of choice and add whichever dried fruits and nuts you particularly like. This recipe for homemade muesli is really just a guide. Here are some suggestions as to what you can put in your muesli.

Muesli Base

Hodmedod's whole grain muesli base ready for toasting.

Hodmedod’s whole grain muesli base.

  • Porridge oats or jumbo oats, malted wheat flakes, rye flakes, barley flakes.
  • Puffed wheat, quinoa or rice.

Dried Fruit

Chopped dried dates and jackfruit.

Chopped dried dates and jackfruit.

The possibilities here are endless, but here are a few of my favourites:

  • dates, apricots or prunes
  • pineapple or papaya chunks
  • mulberries, blueberries or goji berries
  • sour cherries
  • raisins


  • Almonds & hazelnuts
  • Walnuts & Brazil nuts
  • Macadamia nuts


Roasted nuts & seeds.

Roasted nuts & seeds.

  • Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
  • Chia seeds, linseeds or sesame seeds

Other Additions

  • 1 tbsp bee pollon
  • 50g cacao nibs
  • 50g crystallised ginger

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Homemade Muesli – The Recipe

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Healthy Homemade Muesli

It's really very easy to make your own muesli and generally more interesting and a lot healthier than the stuff you buy. Here's a guide that you can use to make your own preferred mix.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cereal, muesli, oats
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 256kcal


  • 500 g (1 lb) oat flakes or a mixture of whole grain flakes (I used a mix of porridge oats, jumbo oats, rye flakes, barley flakes and malted wheat flakes)
  • 150 g nuts of your choice - roughly chopped (I used a mix of almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and a few Brazil nuts)
  • 100 g seeds of your choice (I used pumkins seeds, sunflower seeds and a few sesame seeds)
  • 200 g dried fruit of your choice (I used dates, jackfruit and raisins)


  • Place the oats or grains in a large oven proof tray and toast in the oven at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) until slightly golden and smelling nutty - about 15 minutes. Give them a stir after the first five minutes or so. Pour into a large bowl, so you can use the tray for the nuts. Leave to cool.
  • Toast the nuts and seeds in the oven at the same temperature for about 10 minutes. Stir after the first five minutes. The nuts and seeds shoudl be slightly golden, but not too brown. Leave to cool.
  • Chop up any large pieces of dried fruit such as dates or apricots. Add to the bowl along with the cooled nuts. Give a good stir and when the muesli has completely cooled, spoon it into a jar. Alternativley add everything to the jar and give it a good shake.


You don't have to toast the muesli ingredients if you don't have time, but toasting brings out the flavours.
The muesli will keep well in a sealed container for six months.
Serve with milk and / or yoghurt. Add fresh fruit if desired.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Serving: 50g | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.6g | Protein: 8.2g | Fat: 10.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 6.2g | Sugar: 0.9g | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg


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  1. Chele

    9th October 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Great minds think alike! I’m planning on making the exact same thing on Sunday ;0)

  2. Janice

    9th October 2009 at 8:13 pm

    that looks great,very tasty.

  3. Anonymous

    11th October 2009 at 7:29 pm


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    Would be great to get some of your expertise. Drop by.


  4. Choclette

    11th October 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks Dan – what a great idea for a site. I’ve left a comment there already for someone, though didn’t find anything about cooking. Will have to explore some more.

  5. somesaycocoa

    13th January 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Ah I just made a cocoa nibbed muesli recently (new year detox!) and it was rather good. Mine was very simple as I’m not a huge fan of dried fruit. Actually the recipe came from Willie’s Chocolate Factory Cookbook.

  6. The Muesli Lover

    6th August 2010 at 7:02 pm

    So delicious – sometimes muesli is just too virtuous…

  7. Choclette

    8th August 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Muesli Lover – unless smothered in cream as in birchermuesli that I used to eat in Switzerland!

  8. jacqui

    29th September 2019 at 6:55 pm

    I love making my own muesli you can get the balance of seeds and nuts just how you like it.

    • Choclette

      29th September 2019 at 7:20 pm

      Exactly. I more often make granola, but muesli’s a lot easier and makes a nice change.

  9. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    30th September 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Ooooh – this looks good. I always buy Dorset Cereals muesli as I like how there’s no added sugar or other nasties, but I do keep thinking I should make my own as a) it would probably be cheaper and b) I could make it exactly as I like it – i.e. no dried fruit and lots of nuts and seeds!! (I spend the first 5 minutes of breakfast picking out dates – I don’t dislike them, but I find the amount they put in a bit much and plus I’m avoiding too much sugar in my diet at the mo.) Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare. Eb x

    • Choclette

      1st October 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Oops and I’ve added quite a few dates to mine. But I know what you mean. I like my muesli to be healthy and have lots of nuts and seeds too. Making your own really doesn’t take much time either.


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