Make-Ahead Muesli

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I’ll tell you the truth: I get bored with breakfast. Toast and oatmeal get old after the 3rd consecutive week of eating it as my morning meal. And sometimes regular breakfast foods just don’t cut it – either they don’t fill me up or they take too much time and effort to make in the morning. Which is why I love coming up with new breakfast ideas that I can make ahead of time and just grab before I leave at 6:30 a.m., and eat on the go. Muesli is one of those things that I can make on the weekend and enjoy throughout the week. Plus, it’s packed with protein so it keeps me full for a long time.

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Traditionally Muesli is a German breakfast made of raw oats, fruit, nuts, and either milk or yogurt. I like to think of it as amped up cereal. Either way, Muesli is healthy, easy, and most of all, delicious. What makes this version even better is the extra healthy punch it packs, using chia seeds.

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I like to make a big batch of this and divide them into single-serving jars/containers. However, you can make just one serving at a time if you use a single 5.3 oz container of yogurt and quarter the rest of the ingredients. I suggest getting a big tub of yogurt instead of the individual cups because it’s more cost-effective, but, if you want a variety of flavors, go with the single 5.3 oz cups.

If you’re not a fan of berries, you can change them out for pretty much any other fruit, fresh or frozen (no need to thaw the fruit beforehand). I’ve highlighted some of my favorites below. This recipe can also easily be adapted to be vegan-friendly. Simply swap out the greek yogurt and milk for soy yogurt and almond milk.

So, grab a spoon and let’s dig in!

 

Flavor Combinations:
Mango and Pineapple with Strawberry Yogurt
Mixed Berries with Vanilla Yogurt
Strawberries and Frozen Kiwi with Vanilla Yogurt
Grapes and Blueberries with Blueberry Yogurt
Raspberries and Blackberries with Lemon Yogurt

 

Ingredients (Big Batch – Serves 4):
3 cups non-fat greek yogurt, any flavor
1 1/3 cups quick oats, raw
4 tsp chia seeds
1/2 cup skim milk
3-4 cups fruit, fresh or frozen

Ingredients (Single Serving):
1-5.3 oz container non-fat greek yogurt
1/3 cup quick oats, raw
1 tsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp skim milk
About 1 cup fruit, fresh or frozen

 

Directions:
Combine the yogurt, oats, chia seeds, and milk in a medium bowl. Fill 1/4 of your serving containers with the yogurt mixture followed by a layer of fruit. Repeat with another layer of the yogurt mixture then, top off with more fruit. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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