This easy muesli recipe requires nothing more than mixing a few pantry staples together! It’s so good, you’ll be making it on repeat, and will save a bundle on those expensive bags and boxes of store-bought muesli cereals.
Since I was a little girl in Scotland, I have loved Alpen muesli cereal.
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In fact, when my mother was pregnant, she said she couldn’t wait to get up to eat a bowl of Alpen for breakfast because she loved it so much.
That said, I have to explain, to those of you in North America who may have only tasted the Canadian-made Alpen: it’s NOT the same as the original UK Alpen, it’s absolutely awful! I actually left a review for the only box I ever bought, and said it tasted like horse food! Not that I’ve had horse food, but you get the idea.
So whenever I come back from the UK, I have some Alpen in my suitcase. Last time, I splurged and bought the family size (almost 2.5 lb) bag and lugged it back with me. Well, no more lugging heavy cereal over 5000 miles, because I’ve cracked the Alpen code, and made it myself! It tastes JUST like the original!
Honestly, I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am to have done this. This copycat Alpen tastes just like the real deal, and I have already made four batches in about 10 days! This means my husband is allowed to eat “Alpen” too, now (it was off limits when I lugged it back from the UK)!
Alpen comes in three flavors: original (which is the one I like), no sugar, and dark chocolate. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make all three. Omit the sugar for the no sugar version, and add chocolate for the chocolate Alpen! So easy, and the most work you’ll have to do is to chop some hazelnuts, that’s it. Some of you on Facebook asked about muesli when you saw my photo.
What is Muesli?
Müesli means, “little mush” in German. It was invented by a Swiss doctor, Maximilian Bircher-Benner, in the early 1900s who hoped to cure his sanatorium patients by healthy eating of raw food. His original concoction consisted of rolled oats (soaked in water for 12 hours), sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, grated apple and ground hazelnuts or almonds.
You may have heard of Bircher muesli as there has been a resurgence of this overnight oats breakfast in past years. I eat Alpen, and this copycat muesli, with cold milk poured over it, but you can make it like Bircher muesli, or even pour hot milk onto it.
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What is Alpen?
In the late 1960s, a UK executive from the Weetabix company was on a skiing holiday in Switzerland when his personal chef made him some muesli. (FYI I still buy Weetabix as I don’t think I’ll be recreating this cereal anytime soon!) He loved it so much and was so impressed with how it kept him going on the slopes, he brought the idea back to the UK and Alpen was born in 1971. It has been incredibly popular ever since. -Alpen.com
One of the things I love most about Alpen is the dry-milk coated raisins! Don’t ask me why, because I haven’t got a clue-it’s such a strange thing, I know!
Now, let’s get to the recipe. Here are all the ingredients you’ll need for the original Alpen muesli recipe (with a pinch of salt–not shown). Try to buy organic if at all possible. I used Shiloh Farms wheat flakes, Trader Joe’s nuts, organic raisins and organic rolled oats. My supplies have dwindled because I’ve made so many batches. Do I even need to tell you how nutritious this breakfast is? I thought not.
Easy Muesli Recipe (Alpen Copycat)
copycat recipe of Alpen muesli makes 10 servings
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW (I recommend using a scale)
Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
Pour into an airtight container.
Keep in a cool cupboard or pantry. Use within 4 weeks.
How to Serve Muesli
Serve with cold milk, or even hot milk on a cold day.
Soak the muesli with water the night before, and add shredded apples if you like, too. It’s rather addictive, just warning you. Although I’m not pregnant, I wake up thinking about having this cereal, too!
And if you have never seen one of these cow milk jugs, they are absolutely hilarious! Well, to me they are, but my mum hates them, ha ha! I have to say, children think they are so funny! Maybe something to encourage them to have milk (or whatever you want to pour)!
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- 1 ¾ cups (170 g) wheat flakes
- 1 ¾ cups (170 g) rolled oats, old fashioned (not instant)
- ½ cup (60 g) raisins
- 1 Tbsp (14 g) fine sugar (caster), or a little more or less, to your liking (omit for sugar-free)
- 4 Tbsp dry milk powder
- ½ cup (43 g) sliced almonds (raw or roasted)
- ⅓ cup (43 g) chopped hazelnuts (raw or roasted)
- a generous pinch of salt
- Add all of the ingredients into a bowl
- Mix well.
- Pour into airtight container.
Original Alpen has twice the amount of sugar, so if you want to make it exactly the same, just add 2 Tbsp of sugar.
For no sugar Alpen: omit the sugar.
For dark chocolate Alpen: add ½ cup (57 g) dark chocolate chunks.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 10g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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