Frugal Recipe: How to Make Your Own Amazing Muesli

by heather

Image courtesy Wikipedia

Are you a fan of Muesli?

If so, then you’re probably not a fan of Muesli’s high price. Most of the time, you have have to shell out $3-$5 or more for this stuff. And, you only get a tiny bag or small box. You’d think they put gold in there Muesli is so expensive.

Now, if you’re scratching your head wondering what the heck we’re talking about, don’t worry. Until last year, I didn’t know what Muesli was either.

Here it is: Muesli is a breakfast cereal that’s really popular in Switzerland. Muesli is made with uncooked rolled oats, and a variety of other ingredients such as dried fruits, nuts, wheat bran, oat bran, rice flakes and more.

Other than the rolled oats, which most often form the foundation of the Muesli, what you add is really up to you. Muesli is really similar to granola; the only difference is that granola is toasted, and Muesli is not.

As you can see, Muesli is really, really good for you. It’s high in fiber, and fairly low-calorie. It’s also very filling.

The only downside is the price. Until now.

I recently found an amazing recipe for homemade Muesli. It makes a ton, and it’s a fraction of the cost of the premade stuff you buy at the grocery store.

I’ve been eating my homemade Muesli constantly all week, and I wanted to share it with all of you because it’s so healthy, super easy to make, and so delicious!

How to Make Homemade Muesli

The recipe I found originally came from AllRecipes. Here’s their version:

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

To Make:

Simply mix everything in a large bowl, and then store in an airtight container for two months.

Again, this recipe makes a ton, which is awesome because you’ll have plenty on hand for busy mornings.

My Modifications

Here’s what I used…

 

I had a hard time finding wheat bran (which the original recipe called for) so I ended up adding more oat bran and wheat germ to make up for it.

I didn’t spend money on sunflower seeds, but instead added slivered almonds because I had them on hand; they’re not in the picture because I used them all.

And here’s what it looks like all mixed up…

Homemade Muesli

Yum!

Eating Your Muesli

The cool thing about Muesli is that it’s so versatile.

You can add:

  • Any dried fruits like apricots, cranberries, blueberries, dates, strawberries, figs, etc.
  • Any nuts
  • Any toasted nuts, like pecans or hazelnuts
  • Flax seeds
  • Shredded coconut

There are also tons of different ways to eat Muesli.

For instance, you can eat it like cold cereal by adding a cup of milk and some fresh fruit.

You can add milk and heat it in the microwave; this makes it like oatmeal.

I’ve been eating it mixed with Greek Yogurt and a bit of honey. Yum! Here’s what it looks like.

Final Word…

If you’re lucky enough to live near a market that sells bulk foods, you’ll be able to pick up these ingredients super cheap. And, making Muesli is home is much cheaper than buying the overpriced stuff at the grocery store.

Do any of you love Muesli and eat it at home? Do you make your own now? If so, I’d love to hear how you make it!

 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer April 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

We’ve been making a really simple recipe I got off an anonymous blog a few months back: rolled oats, raisins, almonds, and a bit of brown sugar. It is really getting me through the Hungry Hungry Hippos part of my pregnancy… 🙂

Maggie@SquarePennies November 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm

We love muesli! I think it’s a little healthier than granola because granola usually has oil in it and more added sugar. Near Christmas time I make a special muesli with the standard ingredients. Then I add a few crushed Christmas cookies for a special touch. We look forward to having it for our holiday breakfasts. You can also top it with a little yogurt, cream, and/or cream cheese for a special holiday flair. Enjoy!

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