Old World Muesli

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Start the day right with this delicious homemade version of a healthy European breakfast cereal.

NotesDecorating the Jar:

To add the finishing touches to your jarred mix, simply center the chosen fabric square on the lid of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Then wrap your chosen tie around the rubber band twice, covering the band, and knot the tie to hold it in place.

Using a hole punch, make a hole in the tag and slide the tie through the hole, threading it through once or twice and tying it off with a bow. If you’ve chosen to photocopy the boxed tag provided with each recipe, you may want to fold the left side of the tag over the right before punching a hole in the top left-hand comer. This will allow you to thread the tie through two layers of paper, attaching your tag securely to the jar.

Finally, to make your Mason gift jar even more special, you may want to use the same ribbon or twine to attach an item that can be used when preparing the particular recipe. Wooden spoons, wire whisks, and cookie cutters are possible choices. Your beautiful Mason jar mix is now done, ready for its lucky recipient!

4 cups



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, vegan, vegetarian

Mealbreakfast, brunch


  • 1½ cups corn flakes
  • 1 cup bran flakes
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oatmeal
  • ½ cup dark raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup apple juice concentrate


  1. To Create the Jar:

  2. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar.

  3. Layer the ingredients in the jar as shown at left. With the exception of the com flakes and bran flakes, press each layer firmly with a flat-bottomed object, such as a tart tamper or the bottom of a narrow glass. Make the layers as level as possible.

  4. Secure the lid, and decorate as desired (see Notes). Attach the following instructions for making the muesli:


  6. Yield: 4 cups

  7. In addition to the contents of the Jar, you will need to add the following ingredient:

  8. 1/3 cup apple Juice concentrate

  9. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place the contents of the Jar in a large bowl, and stir until well combined. Add the apple Juice and mix well. Spread the mixture evenly on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minute, or until lightly browned and crisp. Cool completely. Transfer the muesll to the Jar or another airtight container, and store in a cool dry place.


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