|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 6g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Muesli is a cold oat dish, which—in contrast to its cousin granola—is meant to be softened before consumption. The word "muesli" is from the Swiss-German language and means something akin to "little bowl of mush." Created by a Swiss physician for the patients of his hospital, Muesli may be the only food in history which proved enjoyable enough to make the jump from hospital food to daily life.
Today muesli is usually eaten at breakfast, but this was not always the way. In its early years, muesli played a role in the meal known as Swiss supper, which was, interestingly, the last meal of the day. It's a cross between cereal and granola, and homemade muesli is much better than the stuff that comes in a box. It's also very simple to put together.
Swap out the nuts, seeds, and fruit for your favorites in this easily customizable recipe. Muesli need not even be toasted. If you decided to skip the toasting, simply leave out the honey and oil—you can always sweeten the muesli before serving.
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 300 F.
Combine the oats, walnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, honey, olive oil, cardamom, and salt in a large bowl and toss well to distribute.
Line two half sheet pans (or a full size sheet pan if your oven is large enough) with parchment paper.
Spread the oat mixture out on the parchment-lined pans. Toast the muesli for 20 to 30 minutes. Check periodically to make sure the nuts and seeds don't scorch.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Return to the large bowl and add the freeze-dried berries. Toss to combine.
Serve with milk or yogurt.
- This recipe calls for freeze-dried fruit. Freeze-dried fruits hold their nutrients better than regular dried fruits, and usually don't contain any added sugar. They tend to also have a concentrated flavor that holds up well to soaking.
- For a soft texture, soak the muesli in milk or yogurt in the refrigerator overnight.
- Store muesli in a sealed container or bag for up to six months.
- The walnuts can be swapped for other nuts like almonds, pecans, and cashews (or a mixture of two or more).
- Adjust the seeds to your taste as well. Feel free to use all pepitas or all sunflower seeds, or swap some of the seeds for more nuts.
- You can substitute any freeze-dried or dried fruit you like. Raisins, chopped prunes, chopped Turkish apricots, banana chips, mango, pineapple, cherries...the possibilities are endless. Always add the fruit after toasting the oats, nuts, and seeds.