Muesli by any other name is cold oatmeal – and it rocks

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Whenever I travel to Europe, especially when on a cruise, one of the things I look forward to is the Muesli. When we see in Muesli the stores here it is a cold ready to eat cereal like granola. While this is technically muesli, the kind I crave is very different. It is a cold oatmeal with nuts and fruit and is so delicious. It was developed by a Swiss physician in the early 1900’s to help his patients heal. It always makes me feel better. Here is a recipe that I have worked on to get the taste just right without breaking the calorie bank.

Homemade Muesli


  • 2 apples (or 1 apple and 1 pear), grated
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2/3 cup yogurt
  • 4 Tablespoons nuts or seeds
  • Grapes or berries (optional)


1. Place the grated fruit, oats, milk, and yogurt in a glass bowl. You can use any kind of yogurt you like. Plain yogurt will lighten the calories and sugar but will result in a tart finished product. Vanilla yogurt works well.

2. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

3. Serve topped with nuts or seeds and sliced grapes or berries.

This recipe makes about 4 small or 2 large servings. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

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