Muesli with Dried Fruits, Nuts and Seeds

My husband once told me that there was one particular restaurant in the world he would like to try, and that he had read some great reviews on it. "Fantastic" I thought, he really has come a long way since eating dry pasta and cucumbers (as a main dish...I kid you not). Then he told me..."It's this breakfast place where the only thing on the menu is cereal and nothing else, just hundreds of types of muesli and breakfast cereals".  I should have guessed, because you husband is a breakfast fan and when I say "breakfast fan" I mean bordering on obsessive. He goes to bed at night looking forward to waking up and eating his breakfast. I don't know anybody that is like that (do you?). In London I always buy organic muesli from health food stores as they have a fantastic selection. In Iceland however the only thing available is something that resembles saw dust with particularly uninteresting ingredients (a couple of nuts and raisins scattered between the dusty rolled oats). So when in Iceland I have a dilemma...Jóhannes must have his breakfast muesli and it is not available so the solution is; I make my own and this recipe below is what I make.

Note that in order to make the muesli dust free I use a very large fine mesh sieve. It is not necessary but makes the muesli so nice and dust free!

If you can't find spelt flakes or spelt corn flakes you can buy any other flakes you prefer at your local health food store. Dried bananas can also often be found in the health food store (the ones that are just whole, dried bananas, not the ones that are sliced and covered in honey).

Keep in mind that you can save time by purchasing hazelnuts that have already been toasted and chopped.

The best start to the day

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Vegan

Muesli with Dried Fruits, Nuts and Seeds

Makes around 1 kilogramme muesli


  • 60 grams (2½ oz) hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 250 grams (8¾ oz) rolled jumbo oats
  • 100 grams (3½ oz) spelt flakes (malted if you prefer), look like very small corn flakes
  • 120 grams (4 oz) whole, dried bananas (the soft kind, not the honey glazed kind), chopped fairly finely
  • 60 grams (2½ oz) pitted dates, chopped fairly finely
  • 50 grams (1¾ oz) apricots (the brown unsulphured ones, not the orange ones), chopped fairly finely
  • 160 grams (5½ oz) raisins
  • 70 grams (2½ oz) sunflower seeds
  • 40 grams (1½ oz) slivered almonds
  • 20 grams (¾ oz) pumpkin seeds
  • 15 grams (½ oz) linseed (flax seeds)


  1. First of all, you should toast the 60 grams hazelnuts. To do this, place the nuts on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit/Gas Mark 6 for 5 minutes; it's important to use a timer since it is extremely easy to forget the nuts in the oven! Let the nuts cool and rub the skins off, chop coarsely.
  2. Chop the 120 grams bananas, 60 grams dates and 50 grams apricots fairly finely. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Place the 250 grams rolled oats in a large sieve and give it a good shake over the kitchen sink to get rid of all the dust. Once dusted, add to the large bowl.
  4. Do the same with the 100 grams spelt flakes. Add to the large bowl.
  5. Add the chopped apricots, dates and bananas to the large bowl.
  6. Add the 160 grams raisins to the large bowl.
  7. Now add the 70 grams sunflower seeds, the hazelnuts, 40 grams flaked almonds, 20 grams pumpkin seeds and 15 grams linseed.
  8. With a large wooden spoon, give everything a good stir so that the nuts, fruits and seeds are blended evenly throughout the muesli.
  9. Keep in an airtight container away from the sun. Keeps for several weeks.


  • You can use whichever fruits, nuts and seeds you like. You can for example try toasted coconut flakes, sesame seeds, dried apples, quinoa and quinoa flakes and more.
  • Adding freeze dried fruits such as apple, blueberries and strawberries is also very tasty.
  • This muesli is an excellent trail food. Just add dried milk to the muesli and place in a container. Add cold water at your destination.