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Cocoa Cherry Muesli

cocoa cherry muesli

cocoa cherry muesli photo by vsimon

Need some more gluten free gift ideas from your kitchen?

This is a treat, some will say, an extravagant gift. Certified gluten free oats, dried cherries, and almonds are not inexpensive ingredients. But they are healthy, delicious, and combine to make an easy gift. Worthy of a splurge.

What is the difference between muesli and granola?

Both are a combination of grains, usually oatmeal, fruit, and nuts. Very few are made with certified gluten free oats, be sure to check the label.

Most granola for sale has lots, really lots, of oil and sweeteners added. These help to make crunchy clusters, but also add many calories.

Muesli simply means “mixture” in German. Our take on breakfast muesli is less sweet than granola and has no added oils.

Serving suggestions

Your giftee can add their choice of milk in the morning, and watch it magically turn into chocolate milk.

Or they can add it at night and keep it all in the fridge, ready to pull out and enjoy in the morning. This soaked version will be softer, since the oatmeal and cherries absorb the liquid overnight.

Muesli can be served warm too. Simply add liquid and microwave like plain oatmeal.

Cocoa Cherry Muesli

makes 8-9 cups metric measures
6 cups certified gluten free oatmeal 550 gm
1 1/2 cups toasted whole almonds 225 gm
1/2 cup dark brown sugar 100 gm
1/2 cup pure cocoa powder, not cocoa drink mix 45 gm
1 1/2 cup dried cherries 225 gm

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Put oatmeal on an 18×12 inch rimmed baking sheet. Or two smaller ones.

Toast oatmeal for about 10 minutes. Stir and bake about 10 minutes more. You may not need to bake this long if using two baking sheets.

Transfer toasted oatmeal to a cool baking sheet, or a large bowl.

Add the almonds, dark brown sugar, and cocoa powder. Stir to thoroughly combine. 

Add cherries and stir just a turn or two. Additional stirring will cause the cherries to pick up brown cocoa coats. This is not bad, but they are prettier unadorned.

When the muesli is completely cool, package in holiday tins. Just add a bow, and give with a smile.

What flavors do you like in muesli or granola?

4 Responses to “Cocoa Cherry Muesli”

  1. Wow. You learn something new everyday. I never knew the difference between granola and muesli. Interesting. And I agree with Lauren above…cocoa and dried cherries is such a wonderful combination!

  2. Marsha @ Green Mountain at Fox Run says:

    Another great recipe, Linda! So you are on the side that says oats, if they are certified gluten free, are okay for gluten sensitive folks? I was just reading about that and seems some people think differently. It’s hard to know which way to go!

    • rdlinda says:

      A survey done early this year by Connie Sarros showed about two thirds of gluten intolerant folks ate oats, one third did not. Research studies show oats are safe for most gluten intolerant people. Several national and international nutrition organizations consider limited amounts (1/2-1/3 cup for adults, ¼ cup for children) of oats to be safe.

      I encourage people to avoid oats until they are knowledgeable, comfortable, and successful with the gluten free diet. I would hate to have them try oats, have a reaction, and not realize it may be from hidden gluten.

      I like the nutrition, flavor, texture, and variety oats bring to the table. (Pun intended. :) ) That being said, not everyone will tolerate them, some will react, some will choose not the try them at all. I respect all the various personal choices.

  3. Lauren says:

    I bet the combination of cocoa and dried cherries is delicious. I love to make homemade granola, and this muesli sounds fantastic!

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