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Fig’n Pear Muesli

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A tasty spoonful of raw gluten-free fig'n pear muesli

~ raw, vegan, gluten-free ~

This Fig’n Pear Muesli started with a base of granola; then I broke that down to crunchy, nutty, ginger warming, sweetened pear nuggets.  There is a whole lotta’ yum in that there spoonful!

Once the cereal was ready and made its way into the bowl, I added some homemade almond milk and set it aside to soak.  This is a common practice with muesli.  It’s a Scandinavian tradition to soak the cereal overnight in either milk, yogurt or fruit juice.   After many hours had passed, I couldn’t resist and had to give it the old taste test.  Instantly Grape Nuts cereal came to mind.

Before, I continue, I should quickly state that I am not comparing the taste of this muesli to that of Grape Nuts… more the texture and nostalgic feeling that it gave to me.  Grape Nuts soaked in warm milk was a childhood favorite of mine, a wonderful, mildly sweet, brown, porridge-like texture.  That is exactly what this muesli reminded me of.

Since just one bite of this muesli took me down memory lane, I got curious what exactly are Grape Nuts made from?. I mean really, doesn’t the name say it all… grape…nuts?  But the truth be told, it doesn’t contain either of those ingredients.

It is made of wheat flour, malted barley flour, isolated soy protein, salt, whole grain barley flour, malt extract, and dried yeast. They must have landed upon something really good because the recipe has remained largely unchanged since its introduction over 100 years ago!  If you are the least bit interested in the history of how this cereal got it’s name, click (here).

Well, fiddlesticks… all this talk about Grape Nuts is causing my mind to race with ideas. I sense a few sleepless nights pondering over another creation.  I hope that you enjoy this recipe.  Please comment below and have a  wonderful day. amie sue

Delicious raw gluten-free fig'n pear muesli with almond milk in a beautiful bowl Ingredients:

Yields 8 cups wet batter


  1. The prep work is to get the nuts and oats soaking.  Click on their links to learn how.  If you already have soaked and dehydrated nuts on hand, you can use them as is.
    • After soaking the nuts, drain and discard the soak water.
    • Drain and rinse the oats until the water starts to run more clear.
  2. Place the oats and nuts in the food processor and process until the nuts are in small pieces.
  3. Add the figs, pears, date paste, sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon and salt to the food processor and blitz until everything comes together.
    • Depending on the size of processor that you own, you may need to do this in two batches.   If you do make two batches, then combine both in a large bowl and stir until combined.
    • Feel free to use any liquid sweetener that suits you.
  4. Spread the batter on the non–stick teflex sheets that come with the dehydrator and dry at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees (F)  for approximately 16-24 hours or until dry.
    • At the halfway mark, flip the teflex sheet over onto the mesh sheet and peel away the teflex.  This will decrease the drying time.
    • Dry times will always vary depending on your climate, humidity, dehydrator model and how full it is.
  5. Allow the batter to fully cool before moving onto the next step
  6. Place the dried batter in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade.  Pulse until it reaches a small mealy texture.  The finer you grind it down to, the more porridge-like it will be.
  7. Store in an airtight container on the counter for roughly a week, but you can freeze it for ups to 3 months to extend the shelf life.

The Institute of Culinary Ingredients™

Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F)?  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • When working with fresh ingredients, it is important to taste test as you build a recipe.  Learn why (here).
  • Don’t own a dehydrator? Learn how to use your oven (here). I do however truly believe that it is a worthwhile investment. Click (here) to learn what I use.

A wonderful, mildly sweet raw fig'n pear Muesli recipe

8 thoughts on “Fig’n Pear Muesli

  1. Biev says:

    I love your star-shaped bowl! (and the food looks delicious too of course)

    • amie-sue says:

      Thanks Biev. I picked that up years ago at a second hand store. Sort of fun looking, isn’t it. Have a wonderful weekend. amie sue :)

  2. Linda St Angelo says:

    Amie Sue,
    Oh this looks yummy, and I am not such a pear person, but I think I will love them in this. I am ALWAYS looking for something raw to have for breakfast other than a smoothie. Sometimes you just want to be able to chew things. lol

    • amie-sue says:

      This will be perfect for your breakfasts then Linda. I just love the texture and the flavor. Now, I do love pears but admittedly I don’t eat them a lot. I hope you give them a second change or maybe this is their 40th chance with you… IF you just don’t want to use them, replace them with apples. :) Enjoy! amie sue

  3. Minirox says:

    This looks and sound yummy. I have been off track due to moving. We finally are getting settled and I’m getting my kitchen gadgets unpacked so I can get back to eating better and trying your recipies. I enjoy them and so appreciate you and all you sleepless nights 😉

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Minirox. :) I am glad that things are starting to settle down for you. Setting up a new kitchen/house is a lot of work but fun if you ask me. I love decorating and organizing. I hope that you find some time to relax and enjoy this time.

      My recipes will always be here…waiting for your energy and joy to find them. Have a great weekend. amie sue

      • Minirox says:

        Amie Sue, I manage my eating by logging my food into “My Fitness Pal” so as to track calories and fat, fiber etc. I have added many recipies and am in the process of adding this recipe. I don’t know the serving size for this muesli . With the amount of nuts in it I’d think it is a small amount per serving. Can you give me an approx serving size? I ended up with approx 12 cups of amazingly delicious dehydrated mix. I’m not a huge pear fan yet they make this mix fresh and delightful. A perfect pairing of ingredients!

        • amie-sue says:

          Good morning Minirox,

          For muesli, I tend to use either 1/3 – 1/2 cup serving size. You could even take it down to 1/4 of a cup… just depends on how much nutrients and food your body calls for. I love this recipe! So happy that you are giving pears another chance to shine. :) Enjoy, amie sue

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