One of the many things I love about Germany is the breakfasts. Whenever possible we stayed at privately owned Bed and Breakfasts partly so we could sample all the different breakfast choices. One of the simplest and yet one of my favorites is muesli. It’s slightly different everywhere you go. This German Muesli is inspired by my favorite German store-bought variety.
A German Muesli’s base is rolled whole grain oats. Yup, good old-fashioned long cooking oatmeal. But you do not cook it. I add a mix of dried fruits and nuts and for sweetness, cinnamon. Now the German palate does not like super sweet stuff. I don’t either, but for those of you who like it sweet I suggest adding some honey or maple syrup when you mix your Muesli with your yogurt or with milk. I like a mix of half yogurt and half Muesli myself (like the Germans and the Swiss). It is amazing how filling it is.
For this Muesli, I used a bag of trail mix but next time I will have my way in the bulk food section at Sprouts. Go crazy with the dried fruits. I really like the dried papaya and next time I will look for dried blueberries instead of cranberries. I chopped up the trail mix a bit so I could get a bunch of different fruits in every bite.
Chop everything up like this and then mix everything together except the cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top at the end and mix it one more time.
Store it in an air-tight container. You may want to store it in the fridge so the nuts don’t get stale. Mine never lasts that long though.
A simple traditional German Muesli.
- 1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats long cooking oatmeal
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts like cashews, almonds or sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup mixed dried fruits like cranberries, banana, papaya or rasins
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Chop nuts and fruits roughly.
Mix everything but the cinnamon together.
Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top of the oatmeal, nuts and fruits.
Mix again. Serve over yogurt or with milk. You can also mix it with yogurt and let it sit overnight.