This homemade gluten free Toasted Luxury Berry Nut Muesli is brimming with toasted hazelnuts, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds and delicious dried berries. It also and has no added sugars, oils or preservatives.
This alpen style homemade muesli recipe is an easy on the pocket alternative to the overpriced store bought muesli brands. If you check the labels you will find that it is covered in wheat powders, skimmed milk powders or cornflour to prevent clumping.
In my childhood home we always had a box of my mother’s favorite brand of luxury Swiss muesli for week day breakfasts. Somehow it never occurred to us that we could be making it ourselves, despite the fact that it only contains oats, fruits and nuts that are found in most pantries anyway.
I purchased a bag of mixed cereals with the intention of making my own gluten free no added sugar muesli and finally made a small batch when my cousin visited on a transit stop to Cape Town. The following week my friend at work brought me an unexpected but much appreciated gift from her mum in Hungary. Two bags of pure gold… ok not the shiny kind, but the made from scratch with her own two hands dried berry kind.
As she was leaving to the airport her mum brought out one bag each of the dried strawberry and raspberry bits she had made the week before with the last of her sweet summer berries. I suspected that it would be the star ingredient in the best homemade muesli recipe. The first thing that came to mind when I received my treasure was a big muesli and yogurt breakfast bowl with these beauties sparkling in it.
The basic muesli recipe is simple and for homemade gluten free berry nut muesli it can be tailored to individual tastes with the following muesli ingredients:
- 1-2 types of nuts (toasted)
- 1-2 types of seeds (toasted)
- rolled oats or mixed cereals (gluten free)
- 2-4 types of dried berries
- For other variants of muesli one can also add other dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, apple, papaya etc.
- For bircher muesli add fresh grated apple and a liquid basis like dairy or nut milk or yogurt to soak the oats overnight.
How to eat muesli
- My mum loved hot milk on her muesli cereal, and added sliced banana and honey.
- This recipe for homemade luxury fruit and nut muesli contains no added sugars, fats or gluten and can be used in this Cherry and Raspberry Breakfast sundae.
- This homemade Bircher style Overnight Dairy Free Muesli and Oats is a good make ahead breakfast.
- Muesli with yogurt and fruit breakfast bowl is a good option for a healthy wholesome breakfast.
Muesli vs Granola
I have eaten muesli in various guises since childhood and loved it’s pure unadulterated quality without any added fats and sugars, which to me makes homemade muesli vegan and healthy.
A basic homemade muesli or a gluten free muesli is very quick to toss together in less than 20 minutes and takes much less cooking time than granola.
Before I made this Easy Homemade Granola recipe I would have said Muesli wins hands down. Having finished a huge batch of the granola in less than a week by all myself, I believe are definitely equally good.
Toasted Luxury Berry Nut Muesli
- 75 grams hazelnuts approximately 1/2 cup
- 55 grams sliced raw almonds approximately 1/2 cup
- 70 grams pumpkin seeds approximately 1/2 cup
- 200 grams organic gluten free rolled oats approximately 2 cups
- 50 grams dried white mulberries approximately 1/2 cup
- 60 grams dried blueberries approximately 1/2 cup
- 60 grams dried goji berries approximately 1/2 cup
- 25 grams dried strawberry bits, optional approximately 1/2 cup
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees celcius or 160 celsius in a fan assisted oven / gas mark 4 / 350 F.
- Place the hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds and sliced raw almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast for 5-10 minutes until golden brown and at least one shade darker. The almonds will color quickly so take care that it doesn't burn.
- Remove the nuts from the oven and allow to cool on the counter. Don't forget to turn off the oven.
- To a large mixing bowl add the oats, dried berries and cooled nuts and toss around.
- Fill glass jars with muesli and serve as required with yogurt and fresh sliced fruits or milk.
- Toasting the nuts brings out the natural oils and adds depth of flavor and crunch.
- Watch the nuts and remove from the oven when the almonds are a toasty golden brown, not black! They should be a shade darker than they were when you put them in and you will be able to smell them.
- For an interesting alternative to oats try a 5 grain cereal mix. It usually includes oats, spelt, quinoa, buckwheat and barley.
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