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Cranberry-Almond Breakfast Cereal Recipe

Contributors: Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND

: Academy Nutrition Information Services Team

Published: February 16, 2018

Reviewed: January 16, 2024

Cranberry-Almond Breakfast Cereal Recipe
Rebecca Clyde, MS, RDN, CD

Muesli, an unsweetened breakfast cereal of rolled oats, nuts and fruit, got its start more than 100 years ago in Switzerland. It was promoted for its health benefits and, to date, remains popular in Europe. Today, you can buy packaged muesli, or you can make your own with ingredients you like best — perhaps oats (which are a whole grain), ground flaxseed (delivering omega-3s), and a combination of dried fruit, nuts and seeds, which provide vitamin C and protein, respectively. Tip: Mix a batch of homemade muesli to keep on hand in an airtight container for several weeks.

For a quick morning meal, top muesli with low-fat, calcium-rich yogurt and fresh fruit, such as chopped apples, sliced bananas or berries. Muesli also can be eaten hot or soaked overnight in the refrigerator.


2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup wheat bran or rye flakes
½ cup slivered almonds or any chopped nuts (such as hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts)
¼ cup unroasted, unsalted pumpkin or sunflower seeds*
½ cup flaked coconut
½ cup dried cranberries, cherries, currants or raisins
½ cup diced dried apricots, apples, dates or figs
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (optional)
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon dried ginger
Pinch of salt


Before you begin: Wash your hands.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread oats and wheat bran on a large baking sheet. Toast for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
  3. Add almonds, pumpkin seeds and coconut to oat mixture. Stir, spreading on the baking sheet. Toast for an additional 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  4. Transfer the oat mixture to a large bowl. Add cranberries and apricots and, if desired, flaxseed; mix.
  5. Heat honey in a microwave-safe bowl for about 15 seconds. Add vanilla, cinnamon and ginger to honey and blend. Pour over oat mixture and toss to coat.

Cooking Note

*If only roasted seeds are available, do not toast them with oat mixture. Instead, add them later with cranberries and dried apricots.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: About ¾ cup
Serves 6

Calories: 350; Calories from fat: 110; Total fat: 12g; Saturated fat: 2.5g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium 55mg; Total carbohydrate: 54g; Dietary fiber: 8g; Sugars: 25g; Protein: 10g

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