Your New Year diet – Over half a ton of muesli.

Muesli in a bowl The Wife has her uses. Some time ago, our friends Dave and Maria gave us a recipe for muesli that they, in turn, had got from some health nut down in Australia. At first, it seemed a lot of trouble to make and I would not have fitted the category of health nut. However, it was pretty tasty and the Wife decided to make it again. And again. And again. And again. You get the picture. In fact, over the nineteen years since we first made it, we have enjoyed this for our breakfast most days. That got me thinking…

We make it, on average, every three weeks. We have been doing that for over 19 years.  Let’s run through the ingredients and the maths so you can get a clearer picture:

in kilos
Used in
1 year
Used in
19 years
Almonds 0.15 2.60 49.40
Coconut 0.10 1.73 32.93
Wheatgerm 0.08 1.30 24.70
Jumbo Oats 0.30 5.20 98.80
Cashew Nuts 0.12 2.08 39.52
Hazelnuts 0.10 1.73 32.93
Linseed 0.10 1.73 32.93
Sunflower Seeds 0.10 1.73 32.93
Pumpkin Seeds 0.10 1.73 32.93
Raisins & Sultanas 0.20 3.47 65.87
Dried Cranberries 0.10 1.73 32.93
Dried Apricots 0.10 1.73 32.93
Honey 0.50 8.67 164.67
Total 2.05 35.45 673.49

Given that we have been doing this for so long, I know you want to know how to do it.  FIrst you need to chop just under 50 kilos of almonds.

American Side Note: For our American cousins, the rough calculation is 2.2 pounds per kilo. For the less bright amongst you (American or otherwise) that’s just over twice as much!

Chopped Almonds

Chopped Almonds. The first thing on the agenda.

Next you need to grate just under 33 kilos of coconut block and add  just over 24 kilos of wheat germ.

Chopped Almonds, Grated Coconut and Wheatgerm

Chopped Almonds, Grated Coconut and Wheatgerm get the show on the road.

Stir these together and bake in a moderate oven for fifteen minutes.

Chopped Almonds, Grated Coconut and Wheatgerm

First we mix ’em, then we roast ’em.

Use the time that these are in the oven to chop the hazelnuts using a small knife. Yes, 33 kilos of hazelnuts.


Hazelnuts. The wife has hand cut 33 kilos of these.

Get your hands on 40 kilos of cashew nuts as well.


Cashews – 40 kilos of these beauties over the years.

These need to be crushed a bit while you are heating the half the oat flakes for ten minutes on an oven tray.

Jumbo oatflakes

Jumbo oat flakes – This is the main ingredient weighing in at 99 kilos

Add the first three ingredients when they are both warmed, do the next bit of mixing.

Jumbo Oatflakes, Chopped Almonds, Grated Coconut and Wheatgerm

Jumbo oat flakes, chopped almonds, grated coconut and wheatgerm

The stirring gets more difficult as the weight gets added. Or so the Wife tells me.

Jumbo Oatflakes, Chopped Almonds, Grated Coconut and Wheatgerm

For such a small girl, she has strong arms. Probably from stirring all these ingredients.

This is the first of the action shots. I am surprised that the Wife doesn’t have bigger arms.

Making muesli

Adding the honey. It does not look like much but she mixes in just shy of 9 kilos a year.

You have to love the pouring shot. Though it is easy enough to capture the gloopy honey as it drips slowly down.

Stirring in the honey. There is a lot of stirring.

Stirring in the honey. There is a lot of stirring.

The stirring gets more difficult as the honey mixes in. It starts to look a bit like muesli at this stage, so we confidently add the 33 kilos of flax seeds.

Flax seeds

The flax seeds (linseed) added. Good for the digestion they say. But 33 kilos?

More stirring next before the beautiful pumpkin and sunflower seeds go in. 66 kilos between the two.

Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds are next to be added.

More stirring needed. Just before she does, you have just enough time to admire the smooth pour of the seeds.

Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds are next to be added.

Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds waiting to be stirred in.

When they are stirred, we (she) add the other half of the oats. Cue action shot number three.


Add more un-roasted jumbo oats and stir. How do you un-roast something?

Yes, you have guessed right more stirring needed. Then we (she) do a bit of chopping and add the remaining ingredients.

Dried cranberries, dried apricots, raisins and sultanas.

The last 4 ingredients – dried cranberries, dried apricots, raisins and sultanas.

It’s easy enough for you looking at this, you have not had to chop up 33 kilos of dried apricots. However, when it’s all done, it is worth the effort (particularly as the Wife is the one making the effort.).

Dried cranberries, dried apricots, raisins and sultanas.

Dried cranberries, dried apricots, raisins and sultanas – Chopped and ready to stir in.

All stirred in and ready to have with yoghurt, and fruit.MuesliIn the Wife’s and my opinion, this is the best way to start the day. If we thought otherwise would we have eaten over 600 kilos of it over the last 19 years? Another calculation. I reckon that I have enjoyed it with over 6,500 bananas in that time. Mmmm…. Tasty!Muesli for Breakfast

One final calculation and to sum up as it were, I reckon I owe the Wife a debt of gratitude. That’s a hell of a lot of chopping, baking and stirring. Thanks Wife!

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  • But Conor, I’m Irish!

    What about my sausages, rashers, black pudding, white pudding, fried eggs, fried bread, fried mushrooms, fried potatoes, fried tomatoes, etc.

    It’s people like you that have taken our little island nation from a very high heart disease country to a very low heart disease country.

    Get a grip man, that’s not a breakfast!

    • It may not be a breakfast in the traditional lardfest fashion but it does allow one commit a few sausage sambo type indiscretions at other times of the day.

  • That looks delicious! I always make granola but I think I’ll give this a go.. I think I’ll need to do some weight lifting before dealing with all those hundreds of kilos of ingredients! Your bowl of breakfast looks very posh as well in that last shot!

    • Thanks. I was proud of that shot. Particularly the addition of a newspaper as one of my props. It gives a great impression of a relaxed and thoughtful start to the day. Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Beautiful photos and great story! It must be really good to have been eating this every day for such a long time.

    • Thanks Stefan. It does creep up on one!

  • Connor, impressive.

    You are a very lucky man and I’d suggest that the lovely Mrs Boffin should have a deluxe, all breakfasts provided luxury holiday at your expense to thank her properly for all that slicing and dicing. I’d suggest you get it booked up pretty darn fast too before those impressive knife skills get utilised on other things…:-)

  • Goodness me that’s a lot of muesli! 🙂 I’ll have to show my husband this. He eats a lot of yogurt and he might like me to make this for him.

  • I’m not one much for breakfast, Conor, but if I ever change or wish to make some muesli, I now know where to come for a good recipe. This does sound delicious. I bet it would be just as tasty at lunch. 🙂

    • Thanks John, it also does well as a midnight snack.

  • That is a lot of muesli! It is quite beautiful; I love all the colors. Sounds like this will be the next recipe we try for breakfast!

  • This is my kind of home-made breakfast too! I also love home-made granola! 🙂 yummy Yum!

    • Thanks Sophie. She is worth keeping around for a while yet!

  • Nineteen years sounds like quite a recommendation!

  • That’s a lot of healthy good over nineteen years. Stealing this recipe. 🙂

    • Thanks Sanjiv, you are more than welcome to it.
      Happy New Year to you.

      • A Happy Happy to you too.

  • Nice recipe and great pics, Conor. If I were to eat breakfast cereal, it would be muesli.

    • High praise indeed Richard. It does give me certain license to misbehave later in the day.

  • I love muesli. I love, even more, how you make me laugh. I love the “less bright among us”. Being American, I appreciate the dig 🙂

    • No dig intended. Trust me, we have our share of low wattage over here too. I have a chalenge coming up in my meat reheat series that probably will offend some. However, those are the risks. Glad you got the laugh.

  • Yup, there are a lot of health nuts in Australia! You may have noticed I have been trying to hide I am one of their number 😉 ! Seriously speaking, quite a terrific mix! More serious talk: haven’t made muesli awhile: your very interesting way of presenting may just have changed that! And to those who feel this isn’t breakfast, well one is allowed to rest on the 7th day?

    • I have to admit to doing the 7th day thing pretty regularly too.

  • Over half a ton of muesli is a lot of cereal. Homemade is so much better and if you can make this much in a year I am sure I can make a batch too. Take care, BAM

    • Do give it a go BAM, it is worth it and not that difficult (or so she tells me).

  • Rather you than me 😉

  • I am not one to eat breakfast in the morning, but I have to say this looks really good and the final presentation is beautiful! My best to you Conor!

    • Thanks Barb. It’s a great way to start the day.

  • My god man, you’re lucky you haven’t sprouted furry ears and started running around yelling ‘I’m late. I’m late!’ Still I bet your insides look in a better state than mine…

  • Conor – apart from the fact I absolutely love your recipe (we make a similar one but since I’m only at it about 5 years, I’ve a bit of catching up to do….) I thought your maths calculations were genius….. I’m going to attempt to do a similar calculation on my husbands beer consumption (watch this space….)

    • That should be fun. I will not be doing anything similar on my own wine, beer or whiskey consumption.

  • We are a muesli family too. When I’m away my husband will eat it for at least 2 if not 3 meals. Love him dearly and he has not attained your ability of cooking just yet. I do the lazy method of throwing all the dry bits in a bowl, warm up the honey and stir it in, then roast it. Then fruits at the end.
    Good stuff.

    • It probably works out the same. Though, I refuse to say anything to the Wife. 19 years making work for herself might not go down well….

  • I have just popped over from Frugal Feeding and this post made me laugh! It’s fantastic that you have worked out how many ingredients and how much chopping and mixing has gone on over the years. Just for muesli! I did say to my husband at the end if the year (not “the husband”, just as he would not dare refer to me as “the wife”!) that it was quite overwhelming thinking about how much unsalted butter, golden caster sugar and flour we must have got through last year, and how many eggs. With regular sweet and savoury baking and eggs for breakfast twice weekly at least plus the occasional omelette / frittata / tortilla we must get through close to a dozen eggs a week. Just the two of us. That’s a lot of eggs in a year! as for 19 years…! I will be making your muesli. Thank you.

    • Thank Amy, for the record, the Wife has been referred to as that for as long as we are making the muesli. I suppose it is better than referring to her as “the current wife”. Enjoy the muesli, it’s worth the effort.

  • Muesli’s my favourite, I love you guys! Adopt me please?

    • We will gladly adopt you Aisha on condition that you have a job and will contribute cash to the food budget. A CV that includes helping with food styling, camera holding, chopping and washing up would help too.

      • Ahhh sounds like a good deal to me as long as you guys promise to feed me muesli every morning.

        • When ya getting here?

          • Pretty soon, just in time for breakfast tomorrow 🙂

  • Nice one Conor – love the idea!!

  • Great post as usual. I am glad you provided me with the link. Always a joy to hear from you.

    • Thanks indeed Connie. I suspect we have added another quarter ton since I wrote it!

  • I love this post! I’ve been making Muesli since the early 80’s but not every few weeks. I fall off the wagon now and then, but I’d guess about 1/2 my breakfasts out of the year are Muesli! I should be healthier!

    Your calculations are so amusing! 🙂 It made me think that I was very newly married when I started making Muesli, and both of those actions came with a third – I started picking up a pair of socks and shorts off the bedroom floor each and every morning. Just think, had I stayed married all these years that would have been 3,343 pounds (guessing 3 1/2 oz a day) or 1,519 kilograms! Wow! 🙂 Being married probably does make you live longer…

    I’ll give your mixture a try next go around!

  • thanks for sharing Conor; I’m a Glenisk yogurt & berries man myself during the week, and on a cycling day I load up with porridge (soaked in water overnight – or 24 hours if I remember, with a touch of cider vinegar, raisins, honey & nutmeg).

    On a separate point, river cottage cook – Hugh F-W did a program on breakfasts and highlighted that for most we eat the same breakfast day in day out; whereas for other meals we like more variety … so there’s an idea for a blog topic!

    Good to hear you’re back on the bike …

    • Thanks Ronan,
      Feeling a deal stronger. I plan to get out a couple of times between now and Sunday. It is interesting about the breakfast thing. A worthy thought around posting. One of my more popular posts on the subject was on the subject of the best breakfast on these islands. The link is here:

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