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The Best Homemade Muesli (Gluten Free & Vegan!)

The Best Homemade Muesli – The original overnight oats! Think of muesli as overnight oats’ gorgeous cousin. This delicious breakfast is lower in sugar, lower in fat, and is the perfect base for all kinds of toppings! (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Easy Homemade Muesli - If you love overnight oats, you'll LOVE Muesli! It's gluten free, vegan, and so easy to make!

Are you on the overnight oats train? If you like overnight oats, you’d LOVE muesli.

It’s basically uncooked granola. Think rolled oats (I use gluten free ones), paired with a hearty mix of nuts and seeds and plenty of dried fruit. Finish things off with a tiny pinch of salt and some cinnamon and you’ve got my favorite homemade muesli.

There are so many reasons to love muesli as breakfast. A few of my favorites are:

  • It’s FAST. No cooking or baking, minimal mixing, and you can eat it in just a few minutes.
  • It’s VERSATILE. I use a basic formula and can mix and match nuts and fruits to make different flavor combinations.
  • It’s EASY. No special techniques, no fancy skills required. Plus, if you’ve got a jar in your pantry, you can have breakfast done in a flash.
  • It’s HEALTHY. I *love* granola, but I love that muesli gets its added fats from nuts and seeds rather than oils, and doesn’t use any kind of sweetener (like syrup or honey). It gets the sweetness from dried fruit and any toppings you put on top.

This easy Homemade Muesli Recipe uses a mix of nuts, seeds, and fruits to flavor the oatmeal. It's the original overnight oats! (Gluten free, vegan) Easy Homemade Muesli - the original overnight oats! This is the perfect gluten free breakfast. (Vegan, too!)

It really is as easy as just tossing together a few of your favorite ingredients in a bowl and giving everything a quick mix. Then you can store it in a jar, bag, or airtight container in the pantry for a few weeks and enjoy it a bit at a time.

Muesli is traditionally served soaked in milk or water, or mixed with yogurt. You can make this a protein-packed breakfast by mixing it into some Greek yogurt, or you can swap in your favorite dairy free yogurt for a vegan version (So Delicious coconut milk yogurt is my favorite–I like the unsweetened vanilla).

My favorite way to eat it is overnight oats style–with a little almond milk. This soaks up the liquid in just 15 minutes or so (enough time for me to get the kids breakfast done, empty the dishwasher, or cut up some fresh fruit to top it with), but you can also pack it in a jar or bowl in the fridge overnight (which I often do).

Don’t hesitate to play around with different flavor combinations! And enjoy this delicious, cool, healthy breakfast.

Easy Homemade Muesli - If you love overnight oats, you'll LOVE Muesli! It's gluten free, vegan, and so easy to make!

Notes on this Homemade Muesli

The Best Way to Store It – The big thing here is to minimize air exposure, so you want something airtight. I love these containers for my pantry, or a good jar will do the job! If you don’t think you’ll get through it in a week or two, you may want to store it in the fridge to keep everything fresh. Refrigerated, it’ll easily last a month or more.

Serve It – You can serve this “soaked” with milk (I like almond milk) or yogurt. Yogurt is definitely more substantial, but I prefer milk. You do what you love best! Beyond the milk/yogurt decision, you can eat it “plain” or top it with all kinds of fresh fruit. It’s as pretty as it is delicious!

Gluten Free Notes – Oats themselves are naturally gluten free, but farming and processing practices often lead to cross-contamination. If you’re gluten free, you’ll want to be sure to buy certified gluten free oats. I like Bob’s Red Mill, Thrive (best price!), or Trader Joe’s brands.

Mix & Match – You really can use any combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit that you like. I prefer to use at least 2-3 kinds of nuts/seeds and 2-3 kinds of dried fruit. My favorite combination is listed in the recipe card, but here are a few other ideas to experiment with…

  • Nuts – Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, cashews
  • Seeds – sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, even chia seeds
  • Fruits – Dried apples, cherries, apricots, raisins, dried cranberries, dried pineapple, dried mango, etc.

More Tasty Breakfast Ideas to Try…

Easy Homemade Muesli - the original overnight oats! This is the perfect gluten free breakfast. (Vegan, too!)

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Easy Homemade Muesli - If you love overnight oats, you'll LOVE Muesli! It's gluten free, vegan, and so easy to make!

The Best Homemade Muesli (Gluten Free & Vegan!)


  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 5 cups (10 servings) 1x

Description

You can mix and match any combination of nuts/seeds and fruits. Just stick with about 1 cup nuts/seeds and 1 cup dried fruit per 3 cups of oatmeal. My favorite combination is below, but any you like will work! See the notes for more options to try…


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups rolled oats, gluten free as needed (not instant or steel cut!)
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup diced dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries (diced if large)
  • 1/3 cup raisins (diced if large)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt

Instructions

Make the Muesli

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine well.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the pantry 1-2 weeks or in the refrigerator up to 1 month.

To make a serving:

  1. Measure 1/2 cup muesli mixture into a bowl or jar.
  2. Cove with milk or yogurt. Stir to combine.
  3. Let sit for 15 minutes or so to soak and soften (or, you can soak in the fridge overnight)
  4. Top with fresh fruit if desired, and enjoy!

Notes

Mix & Match – You really can use any combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit that you like. I prefer to use at least 2-3 kinds of nuts/seeds and 2-3 kinds of dried fruit. My favorite combination is listed in the recipe card, but here are a few other ideas to experiment with…

  • Nuts – Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, cashews
  • Seeds – sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, even chia seeds
  • Fruits – Dried apples, cherries, apricots, raisins, dried cranberries, dried pineapple, dried mango, etc.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No-cook

Keywords: muesli, granola, oats, oatmeal, gluten free, vegan

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