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Overnight muesli made from scratch! Full of toasted nuts, seeds, dried fruit & dark chocolate, this makes a great make-ahead breakfast.

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What Is Overnight Muesli?

This is homemade muesli, made overnight oat style!

Here, we’re making a muesli from scratch then soaking it overnight in milk, Greek yoghurt, maple syrup & vanilla. Packed full of toasted nuts, seeds, sweet dried fruit & chunks of dark chocolate, this makes a wholesome breakfast option. Plus, the soaked muesli can be made several days in advance, so it’s perfect for meal prepping!

homemade muesli

What You’ll Need

This recipe has two parts. First we have the homemade muesli then it’s onto the overnight muesli, which we’re making with the homemade stuff. Here’s what you’ll need for both…

Homemade Muesli

  • Porridge Oats – Old fashioned/rolled porridge oats work best. I wouldn’t recommend using instant oats as they will turn mushy when soaked overnight. I used wholegrain oats but regular ones will work just as well.
  • Nuts – I used pecans & almonds for my muesli but you could use different nuts if you’d prefer. Hazelnuts or pistachios are some good options.
  • Seeds – Adding pumpkin seeds to the muesli adds flavour & colour. Leave them out if you’d like or swap them for sunflower seeds.
  • Spices – A tsp each of ground ginger & cinnamon is enough to flavour our muesli. Again, these can be left it out if you’d like.
  • Dried Fruit – Use any dried fruit here! I went with a mix of apricots, raisins, sultanas & cranberries. If using large pieces of fruit (like apricots), chop them up roughly.
  • Dark Chocolate – This is optional but works really well with the sweetness from the dried fruit & nuts. If you’re not a dark chocolate fan, feel free to leave it out.
  • Salt – Adding a pinch of salt is key to making the best tasting muesli.

Overnight Muesli

  • Greek Yoghurt – Adding yoghurt into our soaked muesli makes it even creamier! Dairy free/vegan alternatives will also work.
  • Milk – Any type of milk can be used for the soak. I used cow’s milk but any alternatives are fine.
  • Maple Syrup – This adds a touch of sweetness. Honey can also be used or it can be left out entirely.
  • Vanilla – A small amount of vanilla paste adds extra flavour. Don’t worry if you haven’t got any, the muesli will still taste great.
  • Salt – You only need to add a small pinch of salt to enhance the flavour of the muesli.
soaked oats

Recipe Breakdown

The full, printable recipe card for both types of muesli can be found at the bottom of this post!

Homemade Muesli

  1. Toast Oats, Nuts & Seeds – The first step is to mix together the oats, nuts, seeds & spices then bake them in the oven, until lightly toasted. You could leave everything raw but this way adds much more flavour!
  2. Add In Fruit & Chocolate – Once baked, the oats are left to cool completely then transferred to a mixing bowl. We then add in chopped up dark chocolate, dried fruit & a pinch of salt then mix to combine.
  3. Storage – To store our homemade muesli, we transfer it into an airtight tub then keep it in a cool, dry place.

Overnight Muesli

  1. Mix Muesli With Milk & Yoghurt – To soak our muesli, we first stir together Greek yoghurt, milk, maple syrup & vanilla then mix in a portion of muesli. A pinch of salt is also added for extra flavour! You can soak a single serving of muesli in a small bowl or a jar…
  2. Soak Overnight – Once mixed, the muesli is transferred to the fridge & left to soak overnight.
  3. Serve – Once the muesli has soaked overnight, give it a good mix then top with yoghurt, fresh fruit & a sprinkle of unsoaked muesli.
oats nuts seeds

What To Serve With Overnight Muesli

Overnight muesli is great eaten on its’ own or what I like to do, is top it with some fresh fruit (bananas, blueberries, strawberries & raspberries are all good choices!), a spoonful of Greek yoghurt & a sprinkle of the unsoaked muesli. Make sure to add any toppings just before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

What milk can I use to soak the muesli?

Most milks can be used to soak overnight muesli! From cow milk, to oat or almond. If you’re making your muesli dairy free, make sure to use a dairy free yoghurt as well.

What oats are best for muesli?

Old fashioned/rolled porridge oats work best for muesli. I used wholemeal oats but regular ones are just as good!

How much muesli is used for one portion?

For our overnight muesli, we’re using 100 grams of homemade muesli which is then soaked in milk & yoghurt. This makes a small bowl full.

Can you meal prep overnight muesli?

Once soaked, overnight muesli will keep for several days in the fridge. This makes it suitable for meal prepping! Simply make two or three portions at a time & leave in the fridge in separate containers.

How should muesli be stored?

Homemade muesli should be kept in a cool, dry place & will keep for several weeks. Once soaked, the overnight muesli will keep for several days in the fridge.

How long does muesli need to soak for?

To make muesli in the style of overnight oats, it needs to soak overnight. Around 12 hours works best but 3-4 will work as well.

Equipment Used

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Overnight Muesli

Overnight muesli made from scratch! Full of toasted nuts, seeds, dried fruit & dark chocolate, this makes a great make-ahead breakfast.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Overnight Soak12 hours
Total Time12 hours 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Swiss
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Ben Racey

Equipment

  • Large Baking Tray
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Small Mixing Bowl Or Jar To Soak The Muesli In

Ingredients

Muesli

  • 200 g Porridge Oats See Notes
  • 50 g Pecans Roughly Chopped
  • 50 g Flaked Almonds
  • 50 g Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 150 g Dried Fruit See Notes
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate Roughly Chopped
  • A Pinch Of Salt

Overnight Muesli – 1 Portion

  • 60 g Greek Yoghurt
  • 90 g Milk
  • tbsp Maple Syrup Or Honey
  • Vanilla Paste To Taste (Optional)
  • 100 g Muesli
  • A Pinch Of Salt

To Serve

  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Muesli

Instructions

Muesli

  • Preheat an oven to 170°c/150°c fan (338°f/302°f).
  • Place the porridge oats, chopped pecans, flaked almonds, ginger & cinnamon into a large mixing bowl then mix to combine.
  • Tip the mix out onto a baking tray then bake in the oven until everything is lightly toasted. This will take around 5-6 minutes. Make sure to stir the mix every couple of minutes.
  • Let the oats, nuts & seeds cool completely then tip back into a mixing bowl.
  • Next, add in the dried fruit, chopped chocolate & a pinch of salt then mix together. Transfer to an airtight container & store in a cool place.

Overnight Muesli – 1 Portion

  • Place the Greek yoghurt, milk, maple syrup & vanilla into a small bowl/jar then mix together.
  • Stir in the muesli & salt then cover & leave to soak in the fridge overnight (or for at least a couple of hours).
  • To serve, top the muesli with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt, some fresh fruit & a sprinkle of extra muesli.

Notes

1. Cooking In An Aga – To toast the oats, nuts & seeds in an Aga, use the bottom set of runners in the baking oven.
2. Porridge Oats – Old fashioned/rolled porridge oats work best for this recipe. I used wholemeal oats but regular ones will work as well.
3. Dried Fruit – Any dried fruit can be used for this muesli, so feel free to use what you like! I went with a mix of dried apricots, raisins, sultanas & cranberries. You’ll need 150 grams in total. If you’re using large pieces of fruit (like apricots), roughly chop them before adding to the muesli.
4. Storage – Kept in an airtight container & left in a cool, dry place, the muesli will keep for several weeks. Once soaked, the overnight muesli will keep for several days, stored in the fridge. 

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