Aldi is a grocery store that originated in Germany, so it’s not surprising that Aldi in the U.S. looks back to its German roots a couple of times a year. German week at Aldi tends to happen once during the spring and again during the fall, often coinciding with Oktoberfest. It’s a week when you can find all kinds of German or German-inspired goodies at Aldi, including:
- Pork Schnitzel
- German luxury cakes
- Red cabbage with apple
- Spritz shortbread cookies
- Potato sticks
- Soft pretzels
- Sweet strudel
- Savory strudel
- Doppelino sandwich biscuits
- Frangipane tarts
- Doppel keks
- Peanut puffs
I have made it a fun goal to try every German food that Aldi sells. One humble product you’ll often find on the room-temperature Aldi Find shelves during German week is muesli.
Muesli originated around 1900 when a Swiss physician named Maximilian Bircher-Benner created it for patients in his hospital. This mixture of whole grains, nuts, and dried fruits was considered to have optimal nutrition benefits.
You might look at muesli and think it’s just another name for granola, but granola cereals tend to be crunchy and have added sugar, while muesli has little to no added sugar and has a chewy, softer consistency.
Muesli comes with the additional perk of being versatile when it comes to how it is served. You can eat it with milk like a traditional breakfast cereal. I recommend topping it with fresh fruit such as blueberries or sliced bananas. You can also stir it into yogurt, or you can add milk or water to it and heat it like oatmeal. Yet another way to serve it is to make overnight oats. To make overnight oats, mix equal parts muesli and milk, top fresh frozen fruit and chia seeds if desired, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, you have a soft, chilled breakfast that is healthy and tasty.
You can make your own muesli using common ingredients purchased at most grocery stores. Or you can buy muesli at Aldi during German week.
Deutsche Küche Premium Raisin & Nut Muesli cost $3.29 for a 16-ounce box at the time of publication. This is a product of Germany. The package describes this as “whole grain cereal with raisins and nuts; excellent source of fiber.”
This is an Aldi Find, so it’s only in stores for a short time. Each store gets one shipment, and after that sells out, it’s gone until the next German week. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products that are not currently in stock at your local store.
Ingredients include rolled whole grain oats, rolled whole grain wheat, rolled whole grain rye, raisins, hazelnuts, almonds, grated coconut, linseed, and 2% or less of cornflakes (milled corn, barley malt extract) and sunflower seeds.
If you’re looking out for allergens, this contains wheat and tree nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, coconut). It may contain milk, peanuts, other tree nuts, soy, and sesame.
One box contains about eight 1/2-cup servings. One serving has 240 calories, 6 grams of total fat (8% DV), 2 grams of saturated fat (10% DV), no sodium, 39 grams of total carbohydrates (14% DV), 6 grams of total sugars, and no added sugars.
If you like granola types of cereal, you’ll probably like this muesli. It isn’t very sweet because it has no added sugars, but the raisins add just enough sweetness that it’s fine to eat just with milk and without extra sweetener. If you want a little more sweetness, you could drizzle some honey on top, add fresh fruit, or mix it into lightly sweetened yogurt. I appreciate that it’s a healthy food with 7 grams of dietary fiber (26% DV) and no added sugar. With so many sugary, dessert-like cereals in the breakfast aisle, this is a refreshing change of pace. This feels light on the almonds, but you could always add a few extra if you want.
My only minor complaint is that the inner bag this is packaged inside of rips easily, so you might need to repackage it in a different air-tight container.
Another thing about muesli is that it is great incorporated into certain baked goods. The side of the box includes a recipe for muesli applesauce muffins.
Muesli Applesauce Muffins:
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/4 cups Deutsche Küche Premium Raisin & Nut Muesli
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan.
- In a large bowl, beat the applesauce, oil, sugar, egg, and water together for 2 minutes on medium speed.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and muesli. Add the dry ingredients to the applesauce mixture. Beat on low speed until combined.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched. Remove from the pan immediately to cool.
Deutsche Küche Premium Raisin & Nut Muesli is a product of Germany and features various whole grains, nuts, and raisins with no added sugar and plenty of dietary fiber. Serve it with milk like cereal, or add milk or water and heat it like oatmeal. This also makes good overnight oats, or it can be incorporated into baked goods such as muffins. You can even drizzle a little honey on top if you want it sweeter. It’s a versatile, healthy food that is worth trying if you like the German food options at Aldi.