Pan-Toasted Cranberry Almond Muesli



Muesli cereal eaten with vanilla-flavored yogurt has long been one of my favorite breakfasts. Eating muesli with yogurt is something I adopted in my time as an honorary Swede back in the nineties. Pre-Sweden, I'd only experienced any kind of cereal eaten with milk, but muesli and yogurt were just made for each other, y'all.



The primary ingredients in most commercially sold muesli are rolled oats, dried fruit and nuts. About a year ago, I was staring down into my breakfast bowl and having a conversation with myself over what else I could add into my cereal. I wanted to add in some of my favorite things like toasted almonds, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries and apples. So, I just took the bull by the horns and made my own muesli mixture!




The cereal base I use for every batch is made with old-fashioned rolled oats, boxed raisin bran cereal, nuts and I alternate between unsalted sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. I've also played around with a variety of dried fruits, but I always come back to dried cranberries and apples, they're just my favorites. I was out of dried apples at the time of this post, so they're not pictured, but they are usually part of the mix!

For this muesli, I like to pan-toast the nuts to draw out more flavor and recently I began toasting the oats and pumpkins seeds in the pan with the nuts too... and what a difference that makes! The oats feel more substantial when they are a bit crisp and I believe they take on a little flavor from the toasted nuts and seeds as well.



I make a batch of this muesli every Sunday and store it in a large mason jar on my countertop for as long as it lasts, which is usually just a few days for us. Evan likes to eat this cereal mix with yogurt too, but usually as an evening snack. This homemade muesli can also be separated into smaller mason jars as a grab and go breakfast to help you get you through the week! Just pack a small individual yogurt or bit of milk to add into the jar when you are ready to eat.

The possibilities are wide-open with the cereal base of this recipe and you can personalize it with dried fruit or nuts as you prefer. I tend to eat it as is, but adding fresh fruit to your bowl of muesli will add extra pops of flavor and nutrition to your breakfast too. Happy eating!

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Pan-Toasted Cranberry Almond Muesli                         printable recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 7
Serving size: 3/4 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats, toasted
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin or sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 3/4 cup dried apples, coarsely chopped 
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup raisin bran cereal (I used HEB Organics Raisin Bran Cereal)

Instructions:

1. Preheat a large skillet on stove top to medium heat. Spread the oats, almonds and seeds out evenly in the warm skillet. Stirring the oat mixture often, allow to toast until the nuts and seeds become fragrant and all ingredients are a very light golden brown (5-6 minutes). Transfer warm, toasted oat mixture to a plate, spread out and allow to cool completely.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooled oat mixture with raisin bran cereal and dried fruit. Stir with a wooden spoon until well-mixed. Store muesli at room temperature in a mason jar or airtight covered container for up to three weeks.

3. Serve with your favorite milk or yogurt. Enjoy!
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6 comments

  1. What a great breakfast to wake up to! Crunchy and creamy...a perfect combo!

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  2. Mmmm, this looks terrific! So many great ingredients -- the flavor must up wonderful. Great way to wake up one's taste buds in the morning! Thanks.

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  3. i've never made muesli, but i always make my own granola! i like that this doesn't have to be baked!

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  4. Such a perfect breakfast. So perfect, I would eat it for dessert!!

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