What Is Muesli?

By: Bob's Red Mill | April 1 2018
At Bob’s Red Mill, we are big fans of all things muesli. Whether we’re having it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, intertwining this nutrition-packed ingredient into our daily routines makes us feel energized throughout the entire day. If you’re new to this magical food item or just looking to get some creative inspiration for how you can integrate it into your own recipes, read on!

What Is Muesli?

What is Muesli?- Bob's Red Mill Muesli was originally invented by Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss nutritionist at the end of the 19th century. Maximilian understood that food was medicine, but he also knew that it had to be delicious as well as nutritious. He ran a care facility for the chronically ill and prescribed muesli to his patients as a way for them to heal. With his tasty mix of fruit, nut, and grains, his patients could enjoy their quest to live health-filled, happy lives. Today, muesli remains one of the world's most popular cereals. It can be eaten cold or hot, in a bowl or from the bag. It can be served up creamy or just as it is and can be integrated into your favorite baked goods or your healthy snacking routine. It’s good to use in both sweet and savory dishes, from chocolate chip cookies and blondies to rosemary granola and spinach oatmeal. The Nutritional Makeup of Muesli Muesli tends to have less sugar and calories than other typical cereals you might find at the grocery store. It’s high in fiber and filled with whole grains to help your digestive system and keep you sustained throughout the day. The nuts incorporate a source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids and the fruit can give you boosts of everything from potassium, to fiber, to vitamin E, C, and B12.

Bob’s Red Mill Muesli Products

Bob’s Red Mill muesli grains are lightly steamed before rolling, but are not further processed, so they have a satisfying, chewy consistency. We make ours in five unique flavors with simple and clean ingredients. They contain 5g of sugar or less per serving and come in a variety of non-GMO options, from gluten free to whole grain to paleo. Old Country Style Muesli Bob’s Red Mill 18 oz Old Country Style Muesli comes in a stand-up, resealable, convenient pouch. It’s a wonderful blend of whole grain rolled oats, wheat, rye, triticale, barley flakes, almond slivers, date crumbles, raisins, sunflower seeds, and walnuts. These wholesome ingredients provide a super nutritious and sustaining whole grain cereal that’s packed with valuable fiber and can be eaten at any time throughout the day. Try this muesli for breakfast, heated like oatmeal, or pour almond milk over it and serve it as cereal. For texture, you can sprinkle in some chia seeds or mix in a number of fresh fruits and berries. Use it to top your yogurt or place a cup in your cookies, pancakes, savory muffins, breakfast bars, and more. Gluten Free Muesli Our incredible Gluten Free Muesli is the perfect blend of slightly toasted gluten free rolled oats, raisins, brown rice crisps, dried apples, sunflower seeds, cranberries, almonds, roasted soy beans, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes. It’s unprocessed, wholesome, and makes an amazingly nutritious addition to your diet (morning, noon, or night). Similar to our Old Country Style Muesli, you can try this cereal for breakfast, warm or cold, or mixed with fresh berries and thrown on top of yogurt. You can use it in baked goods, from muffins to cookies, and can also soak it overnight in yogurt if you’d like to try it served up Swiss style. For a unique way to enjoy it, consider using our gluten free muesli as a base for a savory granola made with rosemary and Parmesan. Gluten Free Tropical Muesli Looking to escape to a tropical island by way of breakfast food? Well, you’re in luck! Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Tropical Muesli features three gluten free grains combined with real pieces of strawberry and mango. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and macadamias provide a subtle nutty undertone. Real, unsweetened coconut adds the final touch of sweet indulgence. Like our other muesli products, you can enjoy it hot or cold, with yogurt, or straight out of the bag. Add it to smoothies for a tropical and festive flair, enhance your baked goods with it, and even try it with juice! Paleo Style Muesli For those on a grain free diet looking to integrate muesli into your diet, Bob’s Red Mill has you covered. Our Paleo Muesli is made with unsweetened, unsulphured coconut flakes that are tossed with blueberries, cranberries, currants, and strawberries. It also incorporates macadamia nuts, almonds, cashews, sunflowers, and pumpkin seeds for a creative twist on the traditional muesli. We don’t suggest eating this particular muesli hot, so pour milk over it, enjoy it on top of yogurt, or by itself. Fruit and Seed Muesli For another twist on a classic, give our Fruit & Seed Muesli a try. It has a foundation of seven wholesome grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats, triticale, sorghum, and kasha) and is made even tastier with the addition of almonds, raisins, cranberries, cherries, coconut flakes, blueberries, sunflower, pumpkin, flax, and hemp seeds. You can try it hot or cold, with milk, water, juice, or yogurt. Soak it overnight in yogurt or milk for soft grains or try throwing it in your next batch of cookies or bread.

Muesli Recipes

If you’re looking for some tasty, easy ways to integrate muesli into your own wholesome lifestyle, check out the recipes from Bob’s Red Mill below. From breads to blondie bites, these creative recipes are sure to keep you satisfied and happy all day long. Apple Muesli Sandwiches These simply sweet sandwiches are filled with muesli, crunchy apples, and sunflower seed butter. They’re as pretty as they are nutritious—and make for the perfect afternoon snack to create with kids. To make them, just core your apples, slice into eight rings, spread with sunflower seed butter, sprinkle with muesli, make your sandwich, and enjoy! Gluten Free Muesli Bread This gluten free bread is great with nut butters and jams for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. When you have some extra time in the morning, you can even use it as your bread base for French toast! This particular recipe makes one loaf—though it’s so tasty, you may quickly find yourself inclined to double the batch. Breakfast Snack Bars Submitted by a customer looking to share her delicious recipe, these breakfast snack bars are made using whole wheat pastry flour, evaporated cane sugar, sea salt, ground cinnamon, chopped walnuts, vegetable oil, honey, eggs, vanilla extract and, of course, muesli. With your ingredients combined, all you have to do is spread the mixture into a baking pan and bake until the edges are golden brown and beautiful. Muesli Blondie Bites Blondies are a classic dessert favorite of many and with this recipe, our beloved treats are jazzed up and made healthy with the nutritious addition of muesli and flaxseed meal. Pair them with a glass of ice cold almond milk or bring them to your next gathering as a sweet surprise. Yogurt Pie with Muesli Crumble If you’re looking to have dessert for breakfast, consider baking your morning yogurt and muesli together into a pie. With a muesli crumble of brown sugar, unbleached white fine pastry flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter and a yogurt filling of eggs, sugar, plain yogurt, vanilla extract, and unbleached white fine pastry flour—this is a breakfast you’ll want to pair with a mug of warm tea and eat again and again. Chocolate Chip Muesli Cookies If you’re looking to give your next batch of chocolate chip cookies a boost, consider adding our Old Country Style Muesli to your batter. With a mixture of egg, brown sugar, salt, whole wheat flour, vanilla extract, unsalted butter, baking soda, and chocolate chips, muesli shines as a creative and nutrition-filled addition to your dessert. Dairy Free Muesli Loaf This Dairy Free Muesli Loaf is delightful when served warm with a little spread of coconut butter and some jam. Make it ahead of time for an easy weekday breakfast on-the-go or whip up a loaf or two when you’re entertaining friends and family on the weekend. With the flavors of pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and coconut oil to enhance it, there’s something in this bread for everyone. Breakfast Muesli Bars Renowned whole grain specialist Lorna Sass, author of Whole Grains Every Day Every Way, developed this recipe for breakfast muesli bars especially for Bob’s Red Mill. Orange juice concentrate, dried cranberries, and orange zest give the bread a unique and refreshing flavor, perfect for any season (from fall to summer). Chocolate Chip Applesauce Muesli Cookies This recipe can be found on the Old Country Muesli cereal package and is the low-fat alternative to the chocolate chip cookies above. Egg, Old Country Style Muesli, brown sugar, salt, whole wheat flour, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, applesauce, and baking soda are mixed together and dropped by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet for dessert perfection. Savory Muesli with Kale and Mushrooms If you’re looking to enjoy your muesli on the savory side, check out how our pals at Refinery29 made these delicious kale and mushroom bowls using muesli, coconut oil, coconut milk, green onion and curry. As an added breakfast (or dinner) bonus, they suggest topping your bowl with a fried egg or sprouts, if desired. Whether you’re looking for tropical muesli for a breakfast treat on-the-go or gluten-free muesli to jazz up all your baked goods and dazzle your guests, rest assured: Bob’s Red Mill has you covered! What are your favorite ways to enjoy muesli? We’d love for you to share them with us in the comments below!


  1. Caitlin Webb
    Caitlin Webb
    Hello - I recently learned I am allergic to sulfites and wondering if the "dried apples" used in the GF Muesli mix are treated with sulfites, as often dried fruit is? Just hoping the muesli is sulfite free. Thank you!
    1. Elisabeth Allie
      Elisabeth Allie
      Hi Caitlin! Please email Customer Service at [email protected].

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