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When it comes to store-bought muesli you probably know what I’m going to say.

SUGAR!  SOOOOO much sugar.

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Making your own muesli is SO simple and perfect for the fussiest of eaters.  This sugar free chocolate muesli is delicious, simple, nourishing and SUPER CHEAP to make.  It’s also dairy free and vegan-friendly because we are using cacao powder and cacao nibs (which are actually dairy free).

Finding a good store-bought muesli is a difficult task.  The odd one might hit the money on the (health) head with minimal added sugar, fat or processed ingredients.  But for the large part most store bought muesli cereals are packed full of sugar (including sugar from dried fruit) and fat, especially the toasted varieties (don’t worry, I have a yummy but healthy toasted version of muesli too).  Pay close attention to the ingredient labels of your muesli and see just how much fat and sugar your favourite muesli contains.

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This sugar free chocolate muesli is easily adapted to suit your lifestyle, budget and personal preference.  My top tips for adapting to suit your lifestyle:

  • Swap cacao powder for carob powder if you are serving to kiddies.  The cacao is fine but does contain caffeine, and their little bodies don’t need caffeine.  I would also recommend soaking the muesli if serving to kiddies as it is easier on their digestive system (in fact, it’s best to soak muesli full stop);
  • Pick ingredients that are available to you.  If you don’t have sunflower seeds or almonds available to you then please don’t stress!  Simply leave them out or swap for seeds/nuts that are available;
  • Nut free?  Simply swap for another healthy fat such as extra chia seeds and coconut;
  • Use organic ingredients where possible.  Especially if you soak your muesli (which is awesome for your health and to assist digestion);
  • Store in an airtight glass container and your muesli will keep for YONKS;
  • For a budget friendly but healthy breakfast, make oats as usual and add a tablespoon or two of this chocolate muesli to the top.  Not only will it add flavour, it will add a heap of extra nutrients, fibre and minerals to your breakfast (and make your muesli last longer!).

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Sugar free chocolate muesli {V, DF, SF}


  • 2 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut chips/flakes
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp almond flakes
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp organic cacao powder (level tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp granulated stevia (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Simply add all ingredients to a large bowl and combine until the cacao powder has coated all ingredients;
  2. Store in an airtight glass jar.
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This sugar free chocolate muesli is best served once it has been soaked for an hour in unsweetened almond milk (or your favourite milk/mylk).  Top with fresh berries and enjoy!  DELISH!

Do you make your own muesli?  Have you checked the ingredient label of your favourite muesli recently?  Let me know if it shocked you!

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21 Responses
  1. Looks so good. Ive spent so long in the cereal isle reading muesli labels and it’s been quite shocking looking at the sugar and fat content in products marketed as healthy!
    I think I have all these ingredients in the pantry so totally trying this one! Xx

  2. I study the ingredient list of store-bought cereal, granola and muesli pretty religiously and am always shocked by the amount of sugar. I love granola so I have been making my own with my favorite ingredients like goji berries and cacao nibs.

    1. I know, it’s actually quite frightening once you realise how much sugar is added to even the ‘healthiest’ of muesli. I LOOOOOVVVE gogi berries too, they would make a nice addition to this muesli 🙂

  3. I want to make this for my daughter, who has a dairy allergy, but LOVES chocolate. It’s so hard to find chocolate recipes that don’t contain milk. This would be a perfect breakfast for her, and me too!

    1. Oh I’m so pleased you have found something that she might be able to enjoy. You can definitely swap the cacao powder for carob powder if she is sensitive to too much cacao. I have quite a few dairy free chocolate recipes (because I don’t eat dairy either), have a hunt through. I also have a super yummy raw vanilla chocolate cheesecake coming and my son LOVED it! Haha, he’s the toughest critic out so stay tuned for that one! xxx

  4. Cereal in our house is a special treat – because my husband brings home things like ‘nutigrain’ in the holidays. It is crazy that this has a 4 star health rating, where as Greek yoghurt has 1 star. We shall be making our way back to homemade muesli when it runs out.

    1. Isn’t the star system a little crazy! My husband bought Cherrios home the other day and they also rated in at 4 stars. How I am absolutely not sure! They are definitely not what I would consider healthy. Hope you enjoy the muesli, I am making my second batch this weekend as I’ve finished mine already!