Let’s make breakfast and eat it and talk about things.

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We’re kinda doing homemade cereal today, sort of, but if I’m being real? I rarely eat cereal for breakfast. It’s always for a snack. Or lunch. Or dessert. Or second breakfast!

The best kind of breakfast.

I’m pretty sure that at some point back in the 90s, there was a cereal named muesli or was it mueslix or something? Is that still around? Because I think I was obsessed. We had one heck of a cereal stash when I was a kid – it obviously involved some cinnamon toast crunch but the majority of it wasn’t overly sugary.  I loved anything that had major crunch to it, with my usual favorite going to Ohs! No, I’m not shouting at you with an exclamation point (though I certainly use more than enough so you probably didn’t blink an eye) but they really have an exclamation point in the title. Like Ohs! Oh yes yes.

Please tell me you’ve had them before. I could eat bowls for daysssss.

I was also a giant fan of the cereal oatmeal crisp and I actually looked for it the other day… to my disappointment, no oatmeal crisp. Why can’t the universe indulge in my 90s nostalgia?

toasted pistachio and pineapple muesli I howsweeteats.com

So here’s my thing about muesli. And yes, if you’re wondering, it is sort of like granola and usually contains oats and dried fruit and what not. I think. But it’s not all clumped together with butter and sugar, it’s more of a “loose” granola type cereal that is mixed with milk or yogurt. I believe it’s meant to be soaked in a yogurt or milk for a few hours or even overnight. It gets chewy and wonderful. Filling with lots of texture.

I could be making this up. But I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. Almost sure.

And the common dried fruit probably includes raisins. But ummm.

We know how I feel about that. Raisins are just grapes that lie about being delicious. I can’t get behind them. They ruin all the things.

toasted pistachio and pineapple muesli I howsweeteats.com

So! A few months ago I discover dried pineapple rings at Whole Foods – their 365 brand. My husband has been a dried fruit fanatic lately and I grabbed them for him as a snack.

And then I proceeded to eat them all. Love love love.

When it came time to make muesli, I considered dried cherries. I do like those. But I spied the pineapple and the cherries went out the window and here we are. All nuts and oats and pineapple in a bowl.

Oh and I don’t think I need to describe my pistachio obsession. Do I? (P.S. there is a pistachio cake recipe in my cookbook I love so much that I can hardly stand it.)

toasted pistachio and pineapple muesli I howsweeteats.com

I also added some cacao nibs at the end and let’s talk about them for a second. They sort of kinda maybe… taste like death. At times. But! Only when they are alone. When combined with other foods, they provide the chocolate hint of flavor. Alone? You gotta be brave and strong. It’ll grow on you. Promise.

Anyhoo, this whole shebang can be mixed up on Sunday, tossed in a resealable bag and boom: you have breakfast or lunch or a snack or even dinner. It’s your own little cereal and you can add whatever you want. !!!!

You’re so special.

toasted pistachio and pineapple muesli I howsweeteats.com


Toasted Pistachio and Pineapple Muesli

Yield: makes about 2 cups

Total Time: 10 minutes to prep, overnight to sit


3/4 cup pistachios, shells removed and coarsely chopped
1/3 cup, unsweetened, flaked coconut
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple
1/4 cup wheat bran
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 tablespoons oat bran
1/8 teaspoon salt
yogurt or milk, for serving


Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the pistachios. Toast for a few minutes, just until slightly golden and fragrant. Pour the pistachios into a large bowl. Add the coconut to the same skillet over medium heat. Stir and shake the pan until the coconut is slightly toasted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the coconut to the bowl.

Add the oats, pineapple, wheat bran, chia seeds, sugar, flax seed, oat bran and salt to the bowl with the pistachios and coconut. Stir well to combine. At this point, you can store the muesli in a sealed container for a week or two. To eat, mix a few tablespoons with 1/2 or 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt and let it sit a few hours or overnight before eating. If desired, you can add milk instead of yogurt to soak the muesli.

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Fun colors too! All is right.

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83 Responses to “Toasted Pistachio and Pineapple Muesli.”

  1. #
    Madison — January 13, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    I just got into muesli and it just so happens that you posted a recipe. PERFECTO! Cannot wait to try it out.


  2. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 13, 2014 @ 8:16 am

    I have actually never had Muesli! I am kind of an oatmeal for breakfast gal. BUT they say variety is the spice of life! They also say that everything with pistachio needs to be eaten.
    They probably don’t say that, but I have the same obsession as you.
    And, pineapple? Yes.


  3. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 13, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    Chunky granola/muesli with tons of textures and all different flavors and ingredients is the best! I adore dried pineapple and it’s great to see it in your version!


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 13, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    Oooh yes!! This is beautiful, and homemade cereal > store bought ANY day. I love making muesli and granola, but haven’t really thought to put pistachios in mine yet. I need to make another batch soon, so I think I might test out this combo. Gorgeous photos!


  5. #
    Cyd — January 13, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    Ohs! Love love love them. Hands down my favorite childhood cereal and I don’t mind admitting that sometimes I still have to buy a box and pig out on them just because I can.


  6. #
    Genn — January 13, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    That looks so delicious!!!! And pretty too!! I’ve been looking to make more homemade meals, including breakfast, and will definitely be making some muesli soon!


  7. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 13, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    I want pistachios on all my morning bowls-a-stuff….so good.


  8. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — January 13, 2014 @ 9:24 am

    looks healthy and fresh! love this.


  9. #
    Kelly Jo — January 13, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    My boyfriend LOVES Ohs! It amazes me that no matter how long they sit in the milk they do not get soggy!


  10. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — January 13, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    Dired pineapple is greta in granola isn’t it? have you tried paw paw or toher tropical fruits? I love to use them and I am sure this mixture would fit your toasted pistachio verison very well.
    Too bad I always eat WAY too much granola for my own good. OH well yolo


  11. #
    Kelly @ The Pretty Bee: Cooking + Creating — January 13, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    I love pistachios, and have never had them in granola before! What a nice addition!


  12. #
    Katie — January 13, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    Ooh so pretty! I love muesli and have never made it myself. I can’t wait!


  13. #
    Christina — January 13, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    Six pack of Oatmeal Crisp for ya (the non-raisin kind, of course):


    • Jessica — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

      omg. you = savior.


  14. #
    Ashley — January 13, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    Cacao nibs remind me of espresso beans a little bit. And you’re right about using them as a topping or mix-in…nice little hint of chocolate and good crunch! I’ve been wanting to make muesli for awhile now. Better get to it!


  15. #
    Brittany — January 13, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    I want this right now. I am a dried fruit fanatic. I know it’s packed with sugar but I love it. It’s like candy for me. Dried pineapple, mango, figs, cranberries and cherries are my favs but really I like all of it. Well, except apples — too mushy. And papaya — not sure the reason but I’m not a fan.


  16. #
    Andrea @ Barbells and Buttercream — January 13, 2014 @ 10:32 am

    The big bowl filled with the muesli? I may have just licked the laptop…sorry.


  17. #
    Emma — January 13, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    Have been meaning to make my own cereal for ages, am now inspired :-)
    (I hate raisins too….)


  18. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 13, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    I GOTS to have this pretty-looking muesli.


  19. #
    Ondina Maria — January 13, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    I totally get you on the pistachios obsession… I’m making this pretty soon :)


  20. #
    Brynn — January 13, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    I used to love Ohs!! So delicious but they cut up the roof of my mouth so bad every time1 It was worth it though.


  21. #
    Sara — January 13, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    “Raisins are just grapes that lie about being delicious” HILARIOUS. I’m dyyyyying over here. That cracked me up. I do have to politely disagree but still…I’m trying to figure out a way to incorporate that into everyday conversation.


  22. #
    Lisa — January 13, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

    Love anything pistachio related!
    Made your smoky white bean chili last night; talk about amazing!!
    Thank you for your weekly menu at the bottom; I refer to it often.


    • Jessica — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

      so glad it helps you!


  23. #
    RavieNomNoms — January 13, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    That sounds amazing!!! Would be great with my yogurt!


  24. #
    Gina — January 13, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    Ditto to what Brynn said…Ohs! are delicious but cut up the roof of your mouth like whoa! Captain Crunch does the same. Why must we suffer for our cereal?


    • Jessica — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

      i know, so sad.


  25. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — January 13, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    Kellog’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran was my jam in the 90’s. Why? Because I was an old lady trapped in a ten year old’s body.


  26. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — January 13, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

    I love museli! and I totally remember the muselix from back in the 90s. My cereal of choice though was always Kix.

    Definitely giving this a try!


  27. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — January 13, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    I am a cereal addict! I used to be obsessed with the store bought cereals (from healthy cereals to the junk, sugar laden kind) but now I love making my own! Love your version of muesli and totally dig dried pineapple over just about any other dried fruit too! PS: I am pretty sure they still make the Oatmeal Crisp cereal. Maybe try a different store?


    • Jessica — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

      i think you’re right! i need to find it.


  28. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — January 13, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    LOVE muesli. I’ll eat it for months at a time and then decide I hate it and then start eating it a few months later again.

    And Ohs! are seriously the best. Those and Clusters. I think they were called Clusters? Crunchiest cereal on the planet.


  29. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — January 13, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    1. I seriously almost made Muesli today. How are we always on the same page? I swear we would be the best of friends in real life. Is that creepy? Hope not (though it kind of is, sorry).
    2. Sounds familiar but maybe your thinking of Crispex? I don’t know!
    3. I love mixing those little dates rolled in oat flour into my Muesli because it turns jammy through the soaking. SO good. Gah, do it!


  30. #
    Larry — January 13, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    I wish I was leaving a comment on my phone because I would totally add the little bomb emoticon because THIS LOOKS SO BOMB. Not dot com, though. I don’t do dot com.


  31. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — January 13, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    Quick edit: in your recipe, you say “add the pats” instead of “add the oats”


    • Jessica — January 13th, 2014 @ 9:17 pm



  32. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — January 13, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    Ew, raisins DO ruin everything! Dried pineapple, on the other hand … I can get behind that!


  33. #
    Kristy @ Southern In Law — January 13, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    Yum! This mix sounds incredible, though I’d probably have to hide it from Jesse as he will devour ANYTHING with pistachios in it!


  34. #
    Rachel — January 13, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

    This is waaaay more interesting than my usual egg white and fruit breakfasts I have! Anything pineapple makes me happy.


  35. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — January 13, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

    Delicious. That’s all I have to say about this. :)


  36. #
    Olena — January 13, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

    Yay, someone else who knows of and likes Ohs! cereal! I haven’t had any in a few years and this post reminded me of them…time to go out and get a box. They are one of my favorite cereals from childhood, too. Except for they are so crunchy, they almost cut the roof of your mouth! :)


  37. #
    Nora&Laura — January 13, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

    love it!


  38. #
    Julie — January 13, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    I am OBSESSED with pistachios lately – i love their texture and flavor so much. Definitely adding this to the to-make list!


  39. #
    Mariah and Coty@quirksandtwists — January 13, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

    Loving the colors of this. Happy that I now have a new breakfast idea!


  40. #
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — January 13, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

    I loooove Ohs!!


  41. #
    Emma — January 14, 2014 @ 6:47 am

    This looks divine! Love the combination of pistachios and dried pineapple – any combination of sweet and salty and I am in! I am Swedish and we just started getting granola in our stores; before we only had muesli and I have been making my own granola from your recipes. Normally we don’t eat muesli with milk but with yoghurt or filmjölk which is a dairy product made from soured milk (yes; it is as disgusting as it sounds!). I have never heard about soaking the muesli but I am sure it can be nice. Thank you for another lovely recipe to try out!


  42. #
    Rianna — January 14, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    This is quite possibly the best description of raisins I have ever seen – love. love, love it! The muesli is excellent, also, will be next on my own diy cereal list :)


  43. #
    Caroline — January 14, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    Muesli is kinda a huge thing here in Sweden. Lots of different brands and flavors and whatnot. Me likes it a lot :) Just like Emma here said we have it with filmjölk. I know you have “Swedish style filmjölk” over there. If you’re brave – try it ;) And sprinkle some muesli on top. Divine! :D


  44. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — January 14, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    Dried pineapple was one of my favorite discoveries last year too! I love the unsweetened ones from Trader Joe’s–they look a little freaky, but their tart and so delicious.

    This muesli looks divine!!


  45. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — January 14, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    You are gonna make me a health nut with all these wonderful recipes


  46. #
    Kayla — January 14, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    Ughhhh cereal is my vice, I was always a sucker for Cracklin’ Oat Bran.


  47. #
    Lindsay — January 14, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    When I first tried Ohs! I was SO OBSESSED I ate probably close to 3/4 of the box in one sitting….now, the thought of them turns my stomach :(

    All those flavored Chex cereals though…omigosh. Have you tried the Vanilla Chex?!


    • Jessica — January 14th, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

      i have not… but now i will!


  48. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 14, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    I adore muesli. I make it in the summer and eat it every single day. I’m boring like that. This is a nice twist on muesli. I’m diggin’ those pineapple rings. Time to take me a trip to the Whole Foods. Thanks for sharing. Love your site!


  49. #
    Dawn — January 14, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    I have only had muesli a couple of times…and years ago. I just stumbled upon your site and really like your recipes. Cant wait to try some of them!


  50. #
    SJ — January 14, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

    OMG Mueslix was my fav cereal as a kid! It’s made by Kellog’s and they still make it and I can find on occasion in grocery stores with huge cereal aisles. I’m not a cereal eater either, but I would put a box of that stuff away in no time if I found it. Post’s great grains with raisins dates and pecans is the best knock off I’ve found.



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