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Homemade Swiss Muesli

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Swiss muesli is a healthy breakfast and a nice change from dry cereal and other breakfast foods. This recipe uses oats alone so as long as you use certified gluten free oats it is naturally gluten free. I don’t eat cereal every day but I do enjoy both granola and muesli.

Muesli vs Granola

To me granola is a dry cereal or snack that has been baked. For breakfast you would most likely pour milk on it but it remains crunchy. Muesli should be wet. The raw oats are soaked overnight and no matter what fruits or nuts you add to it the texture is different from granola. I know you can purchase muesli dry in a bag or box but to me that makes it no longer muesli.

A Swiss doctor is credited for inventing muesli as a healthy breakfast for his malnourished patients. It was made of raw oats soaked overnight in water or juice. Grated apple and nuts were then added and it was served with yogurt. Imagine, in 1900 this doctor was recommending a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables to improve the health of his patients. More than 100 years later the message is still the same…now that is food for thought.

This recipe for muesli is from my cousin Laurie. She submitted it to go in our family cookbook, the cookbook I have mentioned here before, the one we printed for our family reunion in 1995. That little book has a lot of gems in it from many different families. In my copy the page with this recipe is well spattered…always the sign of a great recipe that has stood the test of time.

Organize for Success with Muesli

My husband recalls eating muesli in a five star hotel in Geneva, Switzerland many years ago and that memory influenced the photo you see here. In my real world I just serve it in jars.

I make my muesli in a bowl and portion it right into Mason jars with plastic lids. I might add more fruit, fresh or frozen. I stack those jars right at the front of the fridge. In the morning I can just grab one and go or pop it in my lunch. You can fill 1-cup or ½-cup size jars depending on what you like.

This muesli lasts in the fridge for many days. I have eaten it up to five days after making it and it still looks and tastes great…except when I add frozen blueberries.

Do you have a muesli story? Did you like this recipe? Let me know in the comments below.


¾ cup whole oats
1 cup orange juice
2 apples, grated
6 Tbsp slivered almonds
¼ cup plain yogurt
4 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice


Mix all ingredients together and fill Mason jars with individual portions of muesli (1/2 cup or 1 cup size). Let soak overnight. Will keep in the fridge for several days. This recipe can easily be halved.


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