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Mason Jar Muesli Recipes and More!

March 8, 2016 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian

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Mason Jar Muesli Recipes and More!

If you like your breakfast to be quick, homemade, portable, low cost, delicious, eye catching and good for you then read on. The breakfast in a mason jar food trend (#breakfastjar, anyone?) is breathing new life into the centuries old meal idea of muesli.

Muesli was popularized in the 1900s by Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner as a part of a structured health regime at his clinic in Zurich. The doctor was a big believer in the healing power of raw foods and created a simple recipe featuring raw grated apples and rolled oats that had been soaked overnight. While the original recipe contained more apple than oats, most modern muesli recipes use a higher proportion of oats and fancy it up with extra ingredients.

The beauty of muesli is how perfectly it combines modern interest in both healthy eating and convenience. I also love how easy it is to switch up the ingredients and make your own recipe.

Mix & Match Breakfast Jar Ingredients

Whole Grains and Seeds Liquid Toppings
  • Rolled Oats
  • Rolled Barley
  • Rolled Quinoa
  • Rolled Spelt or Kamut
  • Chia Seeds
  • Ground Flax Seeds
  • Milk or Yogurt
  • Fortified plain Soy, Almond or Coconut Beverage
  • Water
  • Fruit Juice (lemon, orange or apple)
  • Dried fruit (raisins, currants, apricots, cranberries, prunes, dates and blueberries)
  • Fresh fruit (berries, apples, peaches, nectarines, pineapples and mangos)
  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews and pecans)
  • Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin and hemp)

3 Step Basic Muesli Method

  1. Mix together 1 part rolled whole grains with 2 parts liquid. Cover and soak overnight in the refrigerator. You can add a small amount of chia or flax seeds to this mixture if desired. The mixture will start off soupy and thicken overnight.
  2. Top with fruit, nuts and seeds of your choice.
  3. Serve it, or pack it to go and enjoy!

Tips for the Best Texture

  • If you like soft, smooth and mushy textures add the toppings to the grain mixture and allow them all to soak together overnight.
  • If you like more crunchy and chewy textures wait and add the fruit, nuts or seeds shortly before serving.
  • Chia and flax seed will thicken the muesli and add a soft gel texture.

If you prefer to work from recipes here are a few to get you started:

To make an eye catching muesli parfait in a mason jar simply alternate layers of the soaked grain/seed mixture with fresh or frozen fruit, nuts and seeds. Mason jar muesli is a perfect grab’n go breakfast (don’t forget to pack a spoon). It’s nutritious, easy, affordable; and family members can make their own to suit their tastes.


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Recommended resources

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