One of the greatest benefits of Muesli is that it’s so versatile. You can enjoy it with milk as a simple and healthy breakfast cereal. You can add some yogurt and fresh fruit to make a beautiful and delicious yogurt parfait. You can even make hot Muesli and cook it like you cook oatmeal! Delicious, warm, and sweet, hot Muesli is the perfect breakfast for a chilly Sunday morning. Don’t you think?
In this article, we’ll teach you how to make hot Muesli. Plus, we’ll give you some tips to spice it up so you can enjoy it your way. But first, let’s clear some things up.
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what is Muesli?
Muesli is a traditional European breakfast cereal consisting of a mixture of grains, nuts, fruits, and seeds. Although it looks and sounds a lot like granola, it’s different from granola in a couple of ways.
The biggest difference is the granola is baked with sugar and/or artificial sweeteners. That’s why it’s clumpy and sweet and can be eaten directly out of the bag.
Unlike granola, Muesli has no sugar or artificial sweeteners and is not baked in any way. The benefit of that? You can cook it yourself to make hot Muesli!
hot Muesli vs oatmeal
The next important topic to cover is the difference between hot Muesli and oatmeal. Why the biggest difference may seem obvious (they’re made with different ingredients), there are also some hidden differences worth discussing.
While oatmeal is made with just one grain (rolled oats), Muesli is made with a variety of grains, including (but not limited to) rolled oats, wheat flakes, barley flakes, rye flakes, corn flakes, etc. It also consists of other additional ingredients like nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
This means, while traditional oatmeal does a great job of providing you with the nutritional benefits of one ingredient (rolled oats), hot Muesli can provide you with a wider range of benefits. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews offer tremendous benefits of the heart. Likewise, blueberries and strawberries (often present in Muesli) offer considerable benefits for brain health. In short, hot Muesli adds more variety to your diet, not only in terms of taste, but also in terms of nutrition.
The next important topic to discuss involves gluten. Gluten is a plant protein that is present in a variety of grains including wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. However, it’s not naturally present in oats. So, as a general rule, oatmeal is a safer bet for people with gluten sensitivities.
That being said, those with gluten-sensitivities can still enjoy hot Muesli! Just make sure to make your own Muesli using only gluten-free rolled oats. Or buy gluten-free Muesli directly.
At mueslihaus, we don’t currently offer gluten-free Muesli and don’t work with gluten-free ingredients, but we’re working on it!
Another difference involves calories. Can you guess which is less caloric?
As a general rule, oatmeal is less caloric than hot Muesli. The grain base (whether just rolled oats or a mixture of grains) has a similar calorie-count in both hot cereals, but the additional ingredients in hot Muesli (nuts, seeds, and fruit) add quite a bit to the final calorie-count.
To give you a better idea of the calorie difference, a half a cup of dry, rolled oats contains about 150 calories. A half a cup of Muesli, on the other hand, typically contains around 230 calories.
taste, texture, and toppings
The last significant difference involves taste and texture. Oatmeal can be described as having a slightly nutty taste and a slightly gooey and chewy texture, but for the most part the taste is rather plain. The benefit of that is that oatmeal typically soaks up and complements other flavors rather well. In other words, you can have a lot of fun with add-ins and toppings to flavor your oatmeal just the way you want! The downside is that you have to buy and prepare all of your toppings.
Hot Muesli, on the other hand, is like oatmeal with all of your favorite toppings already included! Plus, since the grains and toppings are being cooked together, the flavors not only complement each other, but also amplify each other. What happens when you cook a raspberry-chocolate Muesli? The flavors melt together and create a delicious, and decadent treat.
how to make hot Muesli
Now we’ve made it to the fun part – how to make hot Muesli. There are a couple of ways to do it. Here are a couple of the most popular methods.
Stovetop hot Muesli with water
- ½ cup Muesli
- ½ cup water
Bring ½ cup of water to a boil. Add ½ cup Muesli. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 2 minutes before serving.
Stovetop hot Muesli with milk
- ½ cup Muesli
- ½ cup milk (any kind)
Heat ½ cup of milk on medium-high heat until almost boiling. Add ½ cup Muesli. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 2 minutes before serving.
Microwave hot Muesli with milk or water
- ½ cup Muesli
- ½ cup water or milk (any kind)
Add ½ cup Muesli and ½ cup water or milk to a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. (Do not cover while microwaving.) Give it a stir. Microwave again for another minute. Let stand 2 minutes before serving.
tips for making hot Muesli
Hot Muesli is great if cooked and enjoyed as described above, but it might be even better with these tips:
Make it creamier and tastier with cream or yogurt
One of the best ways to enhance the flavor of your hot Muesli is by adding cream or yogurt to it. It’s also a great way to add more nutritional value and calories to your breakfast to help you stay fuller for longer.
One of the best options for those who eat dairy is to add a single scoop of whole milk, plain, unsweetened, Greek yogurt. (Chobani is our favorite.) While there are many low-fat options available, full-fat is actually more beneficial for many people. It’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer and provide you with more energy as you go about your morning.
If plain, unsweetened yogurt, isn’t your thing. Pick any yogurt of your choice and give it a try!
You can also try adding just one or two teaspoons of heavy cream. This will really amplify the flavor and give your hot Muesli a nice, creamy texture.
For non-dairy eaters, our first recommendation is from Oatly. Once again, we would choose the full-fat, plain Oatgurt. Eating full-fat just feels better than eating low-fat. It helps you feel fuller for longer so you don’t have to snack.
Use toppings to amplify the flavors and textures in your Muesli
The next option to spice up your hot Muesli is to add toppings that can amplify its flavors. So, if your Muesli is made with banana chips and coconut flakes (like sport Muesli), you can amplify its flavors by adding some fresh banana slices on top. Likewise, if your Muesli is made with strawberries and blueberries (like brain Muesli), you can throw in some fresh ones. This is also a great way to add some additional texture to your Muesli.
Use toppings to complement the flavors in your Muesli
You don’t always have to add toppings that are already ingredients in your Muesli. You can also add complementary toppings! Happy Muesli is made with strawberries and bananas, for example, but happy Muesli tastes great with blueberry toppings!
Don’t be afraid to play around with some spices
Spices can be a great addition to hot Muesli, especially if you’re dealing with classic Muesli. Classic Muesli is made with a mix of grains, seeds, and nuts with diced apricots and raisins for some added sweetness. Classic Muesli tastes great with a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of nutmeg, a tablespoon of heavy cream, and a drizzle of honey. You can even add some fresh banana slices on top for additional taste and texture.
the best hot Muesli recipeDifficulty: Easy
250 – 300kcal
A simple, sweet, and delicious hot Muesli recipe, featuring classic Muesli from mueslihaus.
1/2 cup classic Muesli
1/2 cup milk (any kind)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
1 teaspoon honey
Half of a banana, sliced
- Heat your ½ cup of milk on medium-high heat until almost boiling.
- Add your ½ cup classic Muesli. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Remove from heat. Let stand for about 1 minute with the lid on.
- Remove the lid and stir in your heavy cream.
- Transfer your hot Muesli to a breakfast bowl. Add your banana slices on top. Sprinkle on your spices and drizzle on your honey.
- Enjoy your delicious and nutritious breakfast!