Muesli Toasting Bread

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Muesli Toasting Bread  ~ some bread is just meant to be toasted, like this chunky fruit and nut bread. When the thick biscotti shaped slices hit the hot coils the nuts begin to toast and turn fragrant, the bits of fruit get all jammy, and the smell of fresh baked yeast bread fills the kitchen.

Muesli Toasting Bread is a beautiful and healthy yeast bread chocked full of fruits and nuts ~ it makes the best breakfast toast!

muesli toasting bread is the perfect healthy breakfast or snack

I think you’re going to be very happy you stopped by today. This Muesli Toasting Bread is to die for. I loved it so much I made it twice this week. It’s the world’s best toasting bread, full of all sorts of fruit and nuts, and made even heartier with the addition of MUESLI cereal.

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what is muesli?

Muesli, if you don’t know, is a kind of cold cereal made by soaking oats (or other raw, rolled grains) in milk and adding various fruits, nuts and seeds. It was invented by a Swiss doctor at the turn of the last century to help nourish his patients, so, you get the idea, it’s healthy. It’s got a beautiful contrast of textures, and tastes fabulous…it’s the spring and summer equivalent of my morning oatmeal.

Muesli Toasting Bread ~ a chunky fruit and nut bread that's just made for the toaster!

You can buy packaged muesli in your grocery store, make your own,or buy it online. I’ve made Summer Berry Meusli here on the blog, but for this recipe I’d use the packaged stuff.

Muesli Fruit and Nut Toasting Bread is a chunky bread made specifically for toasting!

The muesli theme is carried throughout the bread with the heavy presence of dried fruit and whole nuts. It brings the  experience of toast, which I eat on 95% of mornings, to a whole new level. Take it from me, this stuff is superb. I slice it nice and thick, so it gets crunchy on the outside and stays nice and chewy on the inside. All it needs is a smear of butter.

Muesli Toasting Bread is a chunky fruit and nut yeast bread just made for toasting!

You can customize the fruit and nut add-ins to fit your own taste. I used:

  • pistachios
  • hazelnuts
  • cranberries
  • currents
  • apricots.

Any combination will be great, and you’ll need 1 1/2 cups of the mixture to ensure your bread is fully loaded. The first time I made it I formed the dough into 2 loaves. The second time I made one large loaf, and I think I liked that better.

Muesli Toasting Bread Dough
Muesli Toasting Bread rising
Muesi Toasting Bread uncut

This is a fairly easy bread, as yeast breads go. Once you’ve amassed your fruit and nut bits, it’s a straight shot — minimal kneading and rising times. The big wow comes when you slice the finished bread; the fruits and nuts make a stained glass type pattern in each slice. The second big wow comes when you toast it … the aroma is amazing. The third and biggest wow comes with that first bite…

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This bread was a huge hit in our house. The thick chewy slices soak up the butter, and you get big nuggets of toasted hazelnut and jammy fruit in every bite. A toaster oven is ideal for the long slices, otherwise you can cut them in half before toasting, or pop them down once, then flip and toast the other side.

You might also like my Paleo Fruit and Nut Bread, it’s grain, sugar, and dairy free, and it also makes fantastic toast. And for a quickbread version of this bread, try my Chunky Fruit and Nut Bread, there’s no yeast and no waiting!

Reader Rave ~

“This bread has become part of our breakfast repertoire. I bake it in a bread form, double the amount and make two loaves at a time. I stick to the recipe but add about 2% malt powder, it helps the rise. We love it!”  ~ Dietrich

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4.12 from 25 votes

Muesli Toasting Bread

Muesli Toasting Bread  ~ some bread is just meant to be toasted, like this chunky fruit and nut bread. When the thick biscotti shaped slices hit the hot coils the nuts begin to toast and turn fragrant, the bits of fruit get all jammy, and the smell of fresh baked yeast bread fills the kitchen.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rising time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 1 loaf
Author Sue Moran


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • a scant cup of muesli cereal, about 7/8 cup
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 3 cups or 375 g bread flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup whole pistachios
  • 1/4 cup whole hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried currents
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 beaten egg, for brushing
  • rolled oats, for sprinkling on the surface


  • Put the 1/2 cup milk, the 1/2 cup water, the honey, and the muesli cereal in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a regular bowl if mixing by hand. Let it soak for about 15 minutes.
  • Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup warm (100-115F) tap water.
  • Add the yeast, salt, and flour to the bowl with the muesli and mix on low for 3 – 4 minutes or until the dough comes away from the bowl. The dough will be sticky,
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and form it into a rectangle. Spread 1/2 of the fruit and nuts over the surface, then fold the dough in from each side and add the rest of the fruit and nuts. Knead the dough to incorporate all the bits evenly.
  • Put the dough in a clean, oiled bowl, cover well and set in a warm place to rise for an hour.
  • Turn the dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and gently form into a rectangle loaf. Push in any large bits of nuts or fruit so that the surface is as smooth as possible.
  • Brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with oats. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Meanwhile set the oven to 430F.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes. If the crust gets too brown, cover loosely with foil towards the end of the baking time.
  • Cool on a rack before slicing.

Cook’s notes

Recipe adapted from delicious days
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • Make sure the water you blend your yeast with is at the right lukewarm temperature, about 112F. Too hot will kill the delicate yeast, to cold won’t allow it to come alive.
  • Use bread flour, and weigh it for accuracy. If you don’t have a scale, measure it out using the fluff, scoop and level method. Fluff up the flour to loosen it. Spoon the flour lightly into the measuring cup, and then level it off with the side of a knife.
  • Use whole hazelnuts and pistachios for a beautiful interior and best texture and flavor. If you choose to use other nuts, leave them as chunky as possible.
  • In order for bread to rise, it must be in a warm place. Sometimes that’s hard to find. I sometimes set mine in a sunny bay window, or on top of my furnace. An oven that has been pre-warmed and then turned off can work, too. In a pinch, a heating pad set on low can work great. Update:  I’ve recently purchased this Proofing Box and love it, it keeps the dough at the perfect even warm temperature, and it even makes yogurt, too!
  • I always repeat this simple rule — make sure your oven is set to the correct temperature. I keep an inexpensive  oven thermometer hanging from one of the racks so I can check for accuracy.
  • Don’t over bake the bread, if you are unsure, take it out. If it is slightly under baked it will finish baking in the toaster.

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    May 28, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    5 stars
    Awesome bread! Turned out perfectly.

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    January 21, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Can I use a healthier flour for the Muesli toasting bread other than white (whole grain, almond, coconut etc)and if so what ratios?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 21, 2022 at 10:35 am

      You can try using whole wheat, or white whole wheat, either all whole wheat or half and half with the white. Coconut flour is really tricky so I don’t recommend that. You might use part almond flour, but it won’t work on its own, it won’t give the bread enough structure. You can use part oat flour.

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    December 15, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Made this bread today – has good flavor, but is a very flat bread, never really rose. I think there is just too much dried fruit and nuts so next time I will cut the amounts in half.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 16, 2021 at 8:20 am

      This is definitely a dense bread! Cutting the amount of fruits and nuts should lighten it up for you.

  • Reply
    December 1, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Hi, can you tell me how much is a ‘packet’ of yeast in grams?

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    July 16, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Hi, your cup measurement is US or UK? Can you provide a recipe in grams?

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    September 21, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    May i know the shelf life for it? For how long will it last ? And what is the best option to save it for several days.
    And thank you for this lovely recipe

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      September 21, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Like most breads, this won’t last much more than a week, Khaled, but you could certainly freeze it for longer. Keeping it wrapped in the refrigerator will help it stay fresher, too.

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    March 26, 2019 at 9:03 am

    GLUTEN FREE Please?
    I read through all the comments hoping someone adapted this amazing looking recipe for us GF people.
    Has anyone had success with that?
    Please let us know:-)

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    March 9, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Hi Sue, this looks divine! Can’t wait to try it. Do you think I could bake this in a loaf pan so it isn’t so flat?

    • Reply
      March 9, 2019 at 11:42 am

      I think that should work fine, good idea!

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    February 7, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    5 stars
    This bread has become part of our breakfast repertoire. I bake it in a bread form, double the amount and make two loaves at a time. I stick to the recipe but add about 2% malt powder, it helps the rise. We love it!

    • Reply
      February 7, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Dietrich, I love it when my recipes become part of someone’s ‘routine’ ~ enjoy!

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    December 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    5 stars
    This is delicious bread!!! I doubled the recipe but divided it into 3 medium sized loaves. One for now, one for the freezer and one to share. Thanks for sharing your recipe

    • Reply
      December 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      You’re welcome Lori, thanks for the comment 🙂

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