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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

This Chocolate Muesli recipe was created in partnership with One Degree Organics. All opinions are our own.

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 once we discovered it. 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. We made this chocolate muelsi recipe especially for One Degree Organics to highlight their Sprouted Rolled Oats. Sprouting the oats makes them more nutrient dense and easier to digest. Keep reading for the chocolate muesli recipe and a bit more about One Degree Organics!

GIVEAWAY: We’re giving away a gift pack of One Degree Organics oats: 2 bags Sprouted Rolled Oats, 2 bags Sprouted Steel Cut Oats, and 2 bags Sprouted Quick Oats. To enter, head to the photo of this chocolate muesli recipe on our A Couple Cooks Instagram!

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What is muesli? Muesli vs granola?

So, what is muesli? 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 — perhaps you’ve heard of Bircher muesli?  The original Bircher muesli was soaked overnight, and then eaten with yogurt. However, there’s no need to soak most muesli’s (and don’t soak this one!).

Muesli sounds a lot like granola, right? What’s the difference: 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! In the case of this chocolate muesli recipe, we lightly toasted the entire mixture, and added a bit more maple syrup than we do in 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!

Chocolate muesli recipe | muesli cereal | healthy granola | sprouted oats

What are organic sprouted oats?

The organic sprouted rolled oats we used in this chocolate muesli recipe are made by One Degree Organics. One Degree is a family business that thinks there should be only one degree of separation between you and the person you grew your food, like a farmer’s market. Pretty cool, right? All of One Degree’s products are organic, which can put your mind at ease in light of the latest studies of trace chemicals non-organic oats. What are sprouted grains?

  • Sprouted oats are soaked in water, which makes them nutrient-rich, easier for your body to absorb, and easier to digest.
  • Sprouted oats are also lower glycemic-index foods.
  • These One Degree Organic sprouted oats can even be traced back to the farmer! Scan the QR code on the package or entering the product code on onedegreeorganics.comFor these oats, type in “FT6U4M” and you can see the farmer behind the oats!

Wondering where to buy One Degree Organics? Find their organic sprouted oats in a grocery near you by entering your zip code here.

Chocolate muesli recipe | muesli cereal | healthy granola

Looking for more vegan breakfast ideas?

Outside of this chocolate muesli recipe (slash healthy granola), we have dozens of vegan breakfast ideas and quick healthy breakfast recipes on our website. Here are a few of our favorites:

This recipe is…

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

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What is muesli? Chocolate muesli recipe

Chocolate Muesli Recipe

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x


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

Keywords: Muesli, Muesli Recipe, Chocolate Muesli, Breakfast, Snack, Vegan, Vegan Breakfast, Chocolate, Gluten Free

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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