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This delicious chocolate muesli recipe tops our list of quick healthy breakfast recipes and vegan breakfast ideas: it’s essentially a healthy granola.

What is muesli? Chocolate muesli recipe

Meet chocolate muesli: your new favorite breakfast or snack! Muesli is basically a healthy granola or homemade breakfast cereal. It’s a huge hit in our household: we’ve been making it for years. And this chocolate muesli is just as delicious as it sounds! Since it’s designed as a healthy breakfast or snack, it’s not too sugary and just sweet enough.

What is muesli vs granola?

Muesli is a mixture of rolled oats, dried fruits and nuts that’s traditionally eaten with milk for breakfast or brunch. It was invented by Swiss doctor as a health food around 1900. His name was Maximilian Bircher-Benner: maybe you’ve heard of Bircher muesli? The original Bircher muesli was soaked overnight, and then eaten with yogurt. But there’s no need to soak most muesli’s (and don’t soak this one!).

What’s the difference between muesli vs granola? Well, granola is typically covered in oil and sugar and baked for about 45 minutes until it’s very crispy. Muesli is typically either raw or lightly toasted; and it has no oil and usually no sweetener. Some muesli recipes are lightly sweetened. So, it’s basically a healthy granola!

Ingredients for chocolate muesli

Chocolate muesli is very simple to make at home! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Rolled oats
  • Whole almond
  • Unsweetened large coconut flakes
  • Quinoa
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon and salt
  • Maple syrup
  • Dried tart cherries
  • Dark chocolate chips

Chocolate muesli recipe | muesli cereal | healthy granola

Tips for serving

In the case of this chocolate muesli recipe, you’ll lightly toast the entire mixture for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This recipe has a bit more maple syrup than our more standard cinnamon pecan muesli recipe to get the cocoa powder to stick to the oats.

This muesli also calls for a very small amount of dark chocolate mixed in. If you plan to eat it for breakfast, feel free to omit the chocolate! But we’re not against a little chocolate for breakfast every now and then. Serve it up in a bowl with your favorite milk (dairy or non-dairy), and enjoy! Let us know what you think in the comments.

Chocolate muesli recipe | muesli cereal | healthy granola

More vegan breakfast ideas?

We have many of vegan breakfast ideas and quick healthy breakfast ideas on our website. Here are a few of our favorites:

Dietary notes

This chocolate muesli recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant based, dairy free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

Frequently asked questions

What is muesli?

Muesli is a Swiss oat-based breakfast dish traditionally made with rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. It’s a cold cereal that’s soaked or eaten with milk, yogurt, or plant-based alternatives.

What’s the difference between muesli and granola?

Both are oat-based cereals, but muesli is typically less processed and contains less sugar and fat than granola. Granola is usually toasted or baked, giving it a crunchier texture.

What kind of chocolate can I use in chocolate muesli?

Use chopped dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content for a healthier and less-sweet option. You can also use cacao nibs for an intense chocolate flavor without added sugar.

What other ingredients can I add to my chocolate muesli?

The possibilities are endless! Popular additions include nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts), seeds (chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds), dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, cherries), shredded coconut, or even a sprinkle of spices like cinnamon or ginger.

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What is muesli? Chocolate muesli recipe

Chocolate Muesli Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
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This delicious chocolate muesli recipe tops our list of quick healthy breakfast recipes and vegan breakfast ideas: it’s essentially a healthy granola.


  • 4 cups One Degree Organics Sprouted Rolled Oats
  • ½ cup roasted whole almonds (you can use raw but we prefer roasted if you can find them!)
  • ½ cup unsweetened large coconut flakes
  • 3 tablespoons quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (vegan, optional)
  • Milk (dairy free) and pure maple syrup, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Roughly chop the almonds. In a large bowl, gently mix together the oats, almonds, coconut flakes, quinoa, cocoa powder, cinnamon, kosher salt, and maple syrup, using your hands to allow everything to be evenly coated. Pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes (no need to stir).
  3. Meanwhile, roughly chop the dried cherries and chocolate chips.
  4. Remove from the oven and set the pan on hot pads on a counter. Allow the muesli to cool on the pan for 10 minutes to allow it to become crisp. Add the cherries and chocolate chips and mix to combine.
  5. To serve, pour over milk and a bit of maple syrup. Store in a sealed container or bag in the freezer; it thaws immediately so no need to defrost.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. ashley says:

    I’ve made this, although mine got slightly burned, I do love the taste and texture. I will make it again :) Thanks for the nice recipe.

  2. ashley says:

    is the quinoa raw or cooked in this recipe ? thanks.

      1. ashley says:

        Thanks! I have a pack of raw quinoa (mix 3 colours) at home for decades, was a bit worried that the raw ones won’t get fully cooked. Thanks for getting back to me super fast, looking forward to trying this recipe this weekend, thanks.