Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

 

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

Good morning and happy Monday! Thank you for joining my co-host Deborah and me for another hopefully inspiring Meatless Monday! Today I have an easy and delicious Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl for you.

If you’re like me you just had a busy holiday weekend and this morning might be a little rough, rougher than your average Monday morning. The girls have been off the last 5 days and I’ve really enjoyed spending the extra time with them. After Thanksgiving we headed north to stay for the long weekend hosting a get together with friends for the annual tree lighting and fireworks. We spent hours playing in the snow, strolling through the small town, sipping our coffees and admiring the snow, lights, and beauty, horse drawn sleigh rides through the city, and watching the fireworks on Friday. It’s so magical watching the fireworks in the winder, especially if it snows. When it snows the fireworks reflect off the snow and it’s a magical wonder. The girls were still able to make snowmen and snow angels waiting for and watching the fireworks with friends. Lots of late nights and laughs all weekend and I’m so tired yet ready to get back to regular routine this morning.

 

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

 

One of my favorite quick and easy breakfasts is muesli. If you follow me on Instagram, or are a regular reader, you probably already know this. There are many ways to enjoy muesli, just like cereal with milk, soaked like overnight oats but you can soak for as little as 10 minutes, dry sprinkled as you would granola, or even in baked goods. I often get asked what the difference is between muesli and granola. While they are both very similar in that they both are often made of grains, nuts, seeds, and fruit muesli is not baked like granola, it’s less sweet, and there are no added oils. So you won’t find big chunks in it or clumps. Once I tried muesli years ago I it was love at first bite. I actually first remember trying it and falling in love with it in Ireland and since have a local favorite Seven Sundays (available nationwide at places like Target but also online). It’s gluten free and packed with healthy nuts and grains, delicious, and it fills me up!

If I was asked what my favorite way to enjoy muesli was it would hands down be soaked with yogurt and fruit and or toppings like nut butter! It’s a so easy and it’s saved me so many mornings to prep the night before or even throw together in the morning and take it with me. If you see me at my girls soccer games and tournaments on a weekend morning 99% chance I have a jar of soaked muesli and all the goods in my hand. A fall and winter flavor I really like it chai tea. I’ve overdone it in past years and gotten burnt out but that hasn’t happened in awhile. I’ve been putting the two together and this is one combo I’ve been meaning to share for awhile now but with all the holiday recipes it’s been pushed back. With being gone and things busy the last couple weeks and a Monday after a holiday weekend when I couldn’t wait to get home to make this for breakfast it was the perfect time to share it. Especially since it has coffee as I like dirty chai lattes (chai latte with a shot of espresso) and I’m going to need a little extra Monday motivation. Not a fan of coffee or just don’t want the added caffeine you can just make a Chai Muesli Bowl and omit the espresso, still just as delicious!

 

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

Chai Muesli Bowl, no espresso

 

If I prep this Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl the night before I personally only soak the oats and quickly assemble the rest in the morning if I’m in a hurry. I do this because I decide when I wake up if I want it hot or cold. If I want it warm I heat it up quick, top it with my yogurt, nut butter, bananas or berries, shot of espresso and go! If I have more time and I get to make a nice relaxing bowl I like to add caramelized bananas!

As you can see from the spill, which I decided to leave as it was just a reflection of that morning, I needed all the espresso so I added Wild Friends Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter and Bare Snacks Coffee Bean Coconut Chips instead of going with caramelized bananas.

 

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

 

Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl
Makes 1 serving
1/2c muesli (Seven Sundays Cocoa & Coconut Muesli)
1/3c chai latte, chilled (prepared chai beverage or made with your favorite chai and dairy free milk, Gray Duck Chai and So Delicious Unsweetened Almond Milk)
1/4-1/3c yogurt (So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt)
1-2 shots fresh brewed espresso (Peace Coffee)

Optional Toppings:
1 TBSP almond butter (Wild Friends Espresso Almond Butter)
1-2 dried coconut chips (Bare Snacks Coffee Bean Coconut Chips)
fresh or cooked bananas, berries or apples

 

 

Soak muesli and chai latte, 10 minutes or overnight. If you want to enjoy this bowl warm heat soaked muesli before adding yogurt and toppings in the microwave. Top with yogurt, optional toppings, and a shot of espresso. Enjoy!

 

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73 Responses to Dirty Chai Muesli Bowl

  1. Annmarie says:

    I still need to try muesli! This looks so good!

  2. Courtney says:

    Such a delicious mix of flavors– what a perfect way to start the morning!
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  3. I’ve still not had a chai latte! This looks like a delicious breakfast. Happy meatless Monday
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  4. What a great easy and delicious breakfast! Nice and quick!
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  5. dumb non-cooker question, what technically qualifies as muesli?? Fireworks in the winter is fantastic, can’t say i’ve seen too much of that other than Miami and it never seems like winter there
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Good question. I’m not sure what is required but muesli is similar to granola in that they both are often made of grains, nuts, seeds, and fruit muesli is not baked like granola, it’s less sweet, and there are no added oils. So you won’t find big chunks in it or clumps. So it’s oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Now does it need all to qualify as muesli, good question. I’ll have to look into it more. I know some of the ones I had in Ireland also had cereal flakes in it or things like puffed cereal.

      It’s so magical, hopefully you can see fireworks in the winter sometime in your life.

  6. Colorado Gal says:

    I love chai but have never tried muesli before. So it’s basically just a non-baked oat?

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Yes grains (usually oats), nuts, seeds, and fruit muesli is not baked like granola, it’s less sweet, and there are no added oils. So this one that I use from Seven Sundays is “Gluten free oats, sorghum flakes, unsweetened coconut chips (no sulfites), organic honey, almonds, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon.” Others like their Blueberry Chia has “Gluten free oats, sorghum flakes, buckwheat groats, blueberries (blueberries, apple juice), unsweetened coconut chips (no sulfites), apples, organic honey, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, lemon extract.”

  7. This sounds really good! Who doesn’t love chai and espresso together? Great kick off to the morning, if you ask me.
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  8. Cricket says:

    Lately I keep accidently skipping breakfast, I think may need to try this so I have a breakfast I can look forward to so I wont forget about it!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Oh yes I know you’ve heard it before it’s the most important meal of the day. Maybe if you prep it the night before you won’t forget and it’s easy to grab and go.

  9. I’ve actually never had muesli but it looks yummy! I’d definitely try it!
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  10. I showed this recipe to my husband because it sounds just like something he’d like. I was right. Thanks for the great recipe.
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  11. Love dirty chai and this dirty chai muesli bowl is calling my name! Such a quick and easy breakfast which is what I need most mornings!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      It’s got nothing on your Detox Dirty Chai Breakfast Bowl! I still have a post it note reminder to make extra quinoa so I cam make it. At this point I think I just pick up the quinoa (only have tri color) and cook it JUST for this! Yes so many mornings lately call for quick and easy.

  12. I love chai-flavor, so this sounds right up my alley!

  13. Heck yes- why are holiday weekends so fabulous but the Monday after them so rough?! This looks like the perfect way to wake up on a Monday!
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  14. Laura says:

    I need to use chia seeds more! Looks so yummy!
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  15. Awww sounds like your weekend was awesome. Fireworks in the snow?! PS this recipe looks amazing – I love anything chai-spiced. WINNER!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you Chrissa, it was pretty good! This bowl really hits the spot, if you try it I hope you love it as much as I do!

  16. Emily Kyle says:

    I’ve never had muesli, I need to try this! It looks like the perfect, warming breakfast for the season!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      I love muesli and hope you can try it soon! They have a few flavors at Target but not the Cocoa & Coconut, you can order it online or it might be at another store close to you. Let me know what you think if you try it.

  17. glenneth says:

    i love chai, but have never tried muesli before. i will have to give this a try. sounds like a great breakfast with so many different options.

  18. Kat says:

    I’ve never tried muesli before but I’ve always wanted too. I love anything and everything breakfast related, so Im sure I would love mueseli too! And chai tea is pretty much my favorite tea of all time. I just love the spices! I bet this would make such a fabulous breakfast!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      It’s so good I hope you can try it. They sell my favorite Seven Sundays at Target but not this flavor, the Cherry Pecan and Blueberry Chia are both there though and delicious! The Cherry Pecan is also delicious in this I just switch up the toppings. The spices and this bowl warm are so comforting this time of year.

  19. Taylor Kiser says:

    Sounds like you had a great holiday weekend! This dirty chai muesli bowl sure would be a great way to start my day! Love the spice and how easy it is to make!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      We really did Taylor and I hope yours was wonderful as well! This is a great way to start the day, let me know what you think if you try it.

  20. I love recipes that you can make ahead and not sacrifice the flavor! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. I’ve never had chai muesli. I’m a huge fan of chai and can’t wait to try this.
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  22. This looks like the perfect way to start a day – hearty and delicious. I’m in!
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  23. i recently made a large batch of muesli and im absolutely loving this. your dirty chai version sounds amazing!
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  24. Carmy says:

    This looks so delicious! I love meals that can be both hot and cold!
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  25. Chrissy says:

    I am all about a quick, easy, healthy breakfast. I’ll have to add this to my recipe library. Thanks!
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  26. Tried to link up this week but it wouldn’t work! Oh well, I hope you had a lovely Meatless Monday anyway. This bowl looks YUM! 🙂

  27. abbey sharp says:

    Chai plus nut butters plus museli. Some of my fave things all together in one, what else could I ask for! YUM!

  28. jill conyers says:

    I love muesli. I make a batch almost every Sunday as part of my weekly meal prep.
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  29. I’m not a big fan of cold cereals, or hot cereals for that matter. This would probably be good for a little crunch in my yogurt parfait though!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Yes you could always just make it without soaking it and it would be a less sweet healthier option for granola.

  30. Megan says:

    I seriously feel so late to the game with muesli. It looks like such a filling breakfast. I really need to look into it!
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  31. This is the kind of breakfast I crave, and it’s such an amazing way to mix healthy conveniences. I haven’t had muesli in ages – may need to look for that!
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  32. Jane B says:

    This will make a great breakfast, what a wonderful way to start my morning,Thanks for posting

  33. Love this! Soaking muesli in a latte is so smart. And a chai latte at that! This breakfast looks amazing!!

  34. This looks so yummy! I need to work on making sure I have breakfast in the mornings. Does the granola get mushy when it is soaked?
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  35. I love chai and I love espresso but I’ve never had a dirty chai! Now I know what I’m ordering at Starbucks tomorrow morning, lol! This looks like a great combination of flavors, and it’s easy too- it’s the perfect post-holiday breakfast!
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  36. Lindsey says:

    Meatless Monday’s are my favorite! I’d love to make this, thank you for sharing. Looks delicious.

  37. vicki says:

    This looks great… I need to try muesli.
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  38. Quick breakfasts are da best! Even better when they can be tasty like this one!

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