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Homemade Muesli Recipe – It’s Fuel For The Whole Day

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A country famous for its dried fruits and nuts. Homemade muesli with rolled oats and the aforementioned is a perfect, wholesome breakfast!

A close up of a bowl of oats and chopped apples with dried fruit and nuts in milk.
Homemade muesli with fresh fruit

Whenever we’re shopping at Fethiye market or at the Sunday market in Çalış, we’re usually shopping for good, fresh produce – whatever appeals to us on the day – as well as the staples like potatoes and onions.

Other times, we’ll top up our dairy goods and olive selection.

And then, once every so often, we move away from the fresh fruit and vegetable section to replenish our dried fruits and nuts tub.

Why?

So that we can do our homemade muesli recipe. That’s why.

A market stall selling a wide range of dried fruits and nuts.
There’s a whole array of dried fruits and nuts for sale on the local markets

Turkey is famous for its varieties of nuts and dried fruits – so they’re just another ingredient that we like to indulge in and make the most of, living here.

We like to think this a very simple muesli recipe – well, why complicate matters – and we could just buy a box of the stuff from the supermarket, couldn’t we?

Quick and easy.

But that just seems such a shame when there are so many goodies at the market to choose from.

Choosing our own dried fruits and nuts for our homemade muesli means we’re in control of what’s going in there.

A close up of some of the ingredients for our Muesli mix.
Which dried fruits would you choose for your homemade muesli?

Of course, when you go to any of these stalls at the markets of Turkey, the trick is not to get too excited, pointing at just about anything that catches your eye (it’s difficult not to buy all sorts of tempting treats).

Not only will you end up with too many ingredients, you’ll also find the liras racking up. And, before you know it, you’ve spent a small fortune on luxury nuts and dried fruits.

A lot of which you don’t really need.

A Healthy Homemade Muesli Recipe

Over our years of living in Fethiye, we’ve made our own muesli and experimented with different types of, and different amounts of, fruits and nuts.

Give or take a few changes here and there, we usually stick to the same muesli recipe now.

So, what do we buy when we go to the pazar for our ingredients?

A photo taken from above of a fruit and nut plate. Sun dried apricots and almonds as well as currants and raisins.
Dried fruits and nuts for our homemade muesli

Mmm, all of this:

  • Walnuts
  • Honey and sesame seed coated peanuts
  • Plain almonds
  • Sun dried apricots (not the factory-produced bright orange ones, but apricots that have actually seen sunshine during their drying process)
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries

Actually not too far away from our Christmas homemade mince pie filling recipe.

Then we buy two 500 gram boxes of rolled oats.

In Turkey, these are called yulaf ezmesi.

By the time you’ve bought all this, it’s roughly the same price as buying a couple of boxes of branded muesli.

But you don’t get to choose what goes into your branded muesli – and you’ll get more portions out of your homemade muesli, too.

Smash your walnuts up a little and then just mix everything together and give it all a good shake in a big tub.

Two bowls of mixed dried fruits and oats, topped with chopped apples.
Use seasonal fresh fruits to add to the dried fruit and nuts

That’s it!

Basic muesli…but oh sooo good!

No flakes in this so of course, you can make this ahead and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours to soften.

And, of course, since we wrote this recipe originally, we live in a world where ‘overnight oats’ are a common, healthy dish.

Feel free to make this up the night before or at least half an hour in advance.

You can add whatever fresh fruit you’re using in the morning if you want that to be fresh and crunchy.

For us, we tend to make our muesli in the autumn and winter months for training fuel if we’re taking part in one of the Turkish running events.

Late summer and autumn is the time when the famous apples of Eğirdir are harvested.

So, apples it is, for us.

Apple chınks and muesli in a bowl of milk.
Autumnal apples are our burst of freshness for our homemade muesli

Just washed and cored and chopped up roughly (or grated if you like).

Put your fresh apple into the bowl and mix everything up.

Eat it all up and you should have enough fuel inside your belly to keep you going until evening meal time. Yummy!

For an even more super filling muesli, we’ve sometimes substituted the fresh apple for chopped banana and we’ve also mixed a bit of süzme yoghurt into our milk on occasion, too.

Guess it depends how far we’ve run and how hungry we are that determines these little additions.

When it’s strawberry season in Fethiye, they work well, too.

And that’s it.

A healthy homemade muesli recipe that’s quick and simple and it really sorts you out for the day ahead.

Our Simple Muesli Recipe

Apple chınks and muesli in a bowl of milk.
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Homemade Muesli Recipe

This healthy homemade muesli recipe is perfect for filling you up as a brunch and will keep you going for most of the day until your evening meal.
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Course Breakfast / Brunch
Cuisine International
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 341kcal
Author Turkey’s For Life

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram rolled oats
  • 100 grams walnuts broken into smaller pieces
  • 100 grams almonds unsalted
  • 100 grams honey & sesame seed coated peanuts
  • 100 grams sundried apricots cut into small pieces
  • 50 grams sultanas
  • 50 grams dried cranberries
  • milk & fresh fruit for each serving

Instructions

  • After chopping your apricots and breaking your walnuts into smaller pieces, take all of your ingredients (except the milk and fresh fruit) and mix them together.
  • Store in a sealed container until you are ready to serve.
  • To make one serving, add around 4 dessert spoonfuls of muesli mixture to the bowl.
  • Pour over enough milk to cover your muesli and then add ½ chopped apple.

Notes

  • As with all of our recipes, the number of calories per serving is approximate, depending on the size of your serving and the nuts and fruits you choose.
  • The fresh fruit and milk is not part of this calorie count.
  • If you like your oats in your muesli to be soft, pour over your milk about 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
  • We like to serve our homemade muesli with a firm fresh fruit, such as a chopped sweet apple, mixed in just before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 11gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 8gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg
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Although we’ve used locally bought, Turkish ingredients for our muesli recipe, muesli isn’t traditionally Turkish so you can find this, and many other non-Turkish dishes in our International Recipes category.

However, if you actually are craving something a bit more Turkish then you can find all of our Turkish dishes collected in one place here.

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