I’m always on the hunt for a great healthy snack. Filled with wholesome ingredients, this fruit and nut muesli bread rounds recipe is perfect option!
Do you ever struggle with what to eat for a healthy snack? I know I do. Sure, you can have some apple slices with almond butter or dried fruit and nuts, but that gets kind of boring after a while, doesn’t it?
One day, I was getting some coffee at Starbucks and saw this thing called a Protein Bistro Box.
What is in the Starbucks protein box?
- Hardboiled egg
- Fruit slices
- Two little pieces of cheese
- Packet of peanut butter (this is the brand they use)
- Multigrain muesli bread round
My favorite part of the box was the muesli bread round.
What is muesli?
- Muesli just means a combination of fruits, nuts, and seeds.
I had never had fruit and nut bread, let alone one portioned out in little rounds which would make them perfect for snacks. But at over $5 per Protein Bistro Box, it is not all that feasible for me to get them more than every once in a while, and I wanted those muesli bread rounds in my life!
I searched far and wide for something similar to the fruit and nut bread rounds, but everything I found was either in the form of a whole loaf of bread (and sure, you can slice it, but it dries up quickly and is just not the same) or the taste was just off. So I set out to make my own!
How do you make Fruit and Nut Muesli Bread Rounds?
- Combine warm water, yeast, salt, honey and oats in large bowl. Stir once and allow to rest until the mixture is foamy on top (about 5-10 minutes).
- Slowly stir all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Mix until dough just begins to for.
- Add in chopped dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Stir a few times.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes, until the fruit, nuts and seeds have been incorporated into the dough. The dough will be one large ball shape.
- Put the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise for an hour.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a large rectangle. Cut into 18-21 squares.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- One by one, take the dough squares and form them into rounds, then place on the prepared baking sheets. When you have formed all of the rounds, cover the sheet pans and allow to rise for another hour.
- Preheat oven to 375. Remove plastic wrap from the baking sheets and bake bread rounds for 15 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.
Whenever I’m making bread with yeast, I use Red Star Yeast (as you already know from my sheet pan pizza recipe). There simply is no other brand of yeast I use, because Red Star Yeast truly makes bread baking successful. I tested this recipe with three of their yeasts, and honestly, they all worked GREAT! If you’re short on time, use the quick-rise yeast and cut the rising times in the recipe in half. Basically, you cannot go wrong using Red Star Yeast!
The end result of my recipe testing was amazing. These fruit and nut muesli bread rounds are so delicious. They’re slightly sweet and truly are perfect for healthy snacking.
Can I make any substitution?
- Walnuts in place of pecans
- Dried berries in place of raisins
- Basically use whatever combination of fruit, nuts and seeds you have on hand!
Do these fruit and nut muesli bread rounds freeze well?
- YES! Simply allow the bread rounds to cool completely after cooking, then store in a freezer storage bag. When ready to enjoy, remove a round from the freezer and allow it to come to defrost on the counter, or microwave for 30 seconds.
Baking bread can be a little intimidating, but making these bread rounds was really fun and not difficult at all. I baked them on a Sunday afternoon and it felt so good to have such healthy snacks made for the coming work week.
I’d love to know from you – what is your favorite kind of bread or healthy snack? Tag me on Instagram, @philiakelnhofer and let me know!
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- Whole Wheat Honey Oat Flax Bread
- 5 Ingredient Beer Bread Recipe
- Whole Wheat Banana Bread + Muffins Recipe
Fruit and Nut Muesli Bread Rounds Recipe
- 1 ½ cups warm water
- 1 packet Red Star Yeast Active Dry Yeast or you could use Red Star Yeast Instant Dry Yeast, or Platinum Yeast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup oats
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup dried apricots
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- Combine warm water (I warm the water in the microwave for 30 seconds-1 minute), yeast, salt, honey and oats in a large bowl, stir once, and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes, until the mixture is foamy on top.
- Slowly stir in the all-purpose and whole wheat flour and mix until dough just begins to form. You can do this with a stand mixer with a dough attachment set on low, or by hand (which is what I did for these bread rounds). It may seem like there is not enough water, but it is once the dough is mixed.
- Add in the chopped dried fruit, nuts and seeds and stir a few times.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes, until the fruit, nuts and seeds have really been incorporated into the dough. The dough should be in one big ball shape.
- Put the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen towel or cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for an hour.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a large rectangle, then using a pizza cutter or a knife cut the dough into 18-21 squares.
- Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- One by one, take the dough squares and form them into rounds, then place on the prepared baking sheets. When all the dough has been made into rounds and on the baking sheets, cover the baking sheets with plastic wrap and allow to rise for another hour.
- Preheat oven to 375. Remove plastic wrap from the baking sheets, and bake the bread rounds for 15 minutes, or until the bottoms are slightly golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.
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Made then today using bread flour in hopes of them being more chewy. They turned out perfect! Used chopped pecans, dried cranberries and golden raisins because that is what I had on hand. Love that they are egg-free for those with allergies. Will make again!
Ooh I love this feedback, thank you for taking the time to come back and leave the comment. So glad it turned out like you wanted with using bread flour!
Good taste. A bit dry. I feel that doing 1 rise would have been enough because mine came out as flattish round buns rather than the flat rounds you get from Starbucks or Whole Foods. Everyone in my house sampled and referred to them as “cookies.” After the results of my first bake, I decided to use a loaf pan for the remaining dough, which went well and came out like a regular loaf of (fruit) bread.
Thank you for the feedback, so glad you enjoyed the recipe
The prep & total time is rather deceptive, since it doesn’t factor in the proofing of the yeast or two one hour rise periods. Would definitely suggest changing that. Otherwise it gives one the impression that this is a quick recipe. Although the hands on time isn’t long, the recipe itself does require over 3hrs…not 25minutes.
Hi – so sorry the time wasn’t more easy to understand. I’ll fix that (I’m going to be changing recipe cards soon so it’ll display better).
I don’t think any bread is a ‘quick recipe’ (at least not one I have ever found lol).
I can not find whole wheat flour anywhere. Can I just use the all purpose in place of it?
Yes you can
David S says
Is there any chance you have the ingredients in weight instead of volume? I make a lot of bread at home and typically use weight and a scale for measuring things.
I don’t but I did find a cool conversion calculator https://www.thecalculatorsite.com/cooking/cups-grams.php
(usually it’s the other way around and people ask for cups instead of weight lol)
Mary Beth says
Mine turned out a little dry. They were not as moist and chewy as the Ozery rounds I buy. How can I make these a bit more moist?
I would recommend adding a little bit more liquid and not baking them as long to make them a little softer/chewier.
I avoid honey because of allergies (specifically to bee and plant pollen). (At some point) I’m going to try making these with agave syrup, and will report back if the recipe works or not. So, watch this space?
I can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you!
Pamela Aguinaldo Robinson says
I’m so grateful for you for sharing this recipe! Made them tonight and they turned out perfectly! I did not have plastic wrap as I don’t keep any around, so for the second rise I used my muslin cloth covers and that worked out well. I’m so excited to try this out with different nuts/dried fruits next time! Thank you, thank you!!
Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m so happy you loved these! I also love the idea of using muslin cloth covers 🙂
Elizabeth Brown says
Can you make this in a bread maker?
I’ve never tried but I don’t see why not! I’d love to know how it turns out for you!
Has anyone tried to make these gluten free? If so, what flours and amounts. They look so yummy!!!
How would you double to triple this recipe?
I haven’t tried it- but I’d assume you would just double or triple all the ingredients
Tried these out for the first time tonight. Oh my goodness they are delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!
Thank you so much for the lovely comment, so glad you enjoyed these!
Dude. Thank you so freaking much for this recipe. I worked at Starbucks nearly a decade ago and I periodically have searched for a comparable recipe for the muesli bread with no luck. I searched again today on a whim and here you are! They look amazing and I’m going to go buy ingredients right now. Seriously…THANK YOU!!
I’m so happy to hear this! Thank you for your comment, these fruit and nut muesli bread rounds are so good and they get awesome feedback from everyone who tries to make them!
Michal Cole says
Just pulled these out of the oven. We aren’t fans of raisins or apricots so I subbed 1/2 cup dried cherries and 1/2 cup craisins. I used cashews because I had them o. Hand and pumpkin seeds. Sooooo good. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Thank you so much for the awesome feedback, so glad you enjoyed these!!
Omg, these are to die for!! And they are indeed better than Starbucks!
YAY, I’m so happy to hear how much you loved them, thank you for coming back and commenting!!
Just made these using Bob’s Red Mill Muesli, old country variety, and they are delicious! Thank you so much for figuring these out! My teen daughter thinks they are better than the ones from Starbucks ? We tried them warm from the oven, because we couldn’t wait, with a dab of butter. SO GOOD!
So excited to hear this Lisa, thank you so much for leaving this amazing feedback. Your comment from your teen daughter made my day 🙂
When you used the Muesli, did you still use the flour and yeast?
Yes, for sure still use the flour and yeast!
I, too, search periodically for a muesli rounds recipe. Thank you so much for putting this out there in the www, Sweetphi! I will make the original recipe because it sounds delicious, but am curious about the proportions you used with the muesli mix you used, Lisa. Did you just add up the oats, fruits and nuts in the recipe and sub for that amount of muesli?
Thank you so much for your kind words – hope you enjoy the recipe
Can I make this dough in my bread maker? If so are all the ratios the same as your recipe?
I’ve never tried it but I think it would work. I’d love to know how it turns out for you!
Susan S says
Hello my name is Susan, I also buy the protein boxes with the Multigrain Muesli rounds and fell in love with them , but yes they can be pricey. I bought mine at Giant, I even went in and ask several different people working in Giant’s bakery and no one knew where I could buy them. They said they come already prepared. So I too have searched the web to no avail, until today I found this blog. have never been on a blog before ..lol Sorry but just don’t have that kind of time. I think maybe I will find the time in the furture because this has been a nice experience for me and I am certainly going to try the recipe for the rounds. I am not sure what combination is used in the protein packet I buy at Giant but it looks just like the one from Starbucks. MY question is … are the same combinations used in this recipe as what’s in Starbucks? I noticed you said you can use what ever combination we want but I would really like it to be as close to what is in the original.
thank you so much or putting up the recipe I am going to try I out.
Hi Susan, welcome to my blog. Thank you for leaving a comment. I think I got the combination of ingredients pretty close to the ones at Starbucks. Many people have commented on how similar they turn out, so I think you should be all set if you follow the recipe. A little variation will be there, because obviously these are homemade and not the exact recipe (but I can tell you these are super tasty and after having them I kind of prefer these homemade ones lol).
Best of luck 🙂
Leanne Niz says
I think hat Muesli Bread is the only reason I buy the box. 🙂 Cant wait to try this recipe.
Haha, that’s totally why I buy them too 😉 I think you’ll love these!
I can’t wait to try these bread rounds! I love the Starbucks protein boxes, but they are expensive. I am also tracking my calories, carbs, fats, and protein. I added all of the ingredient nutrition amounts and divided by the 21 servings. My calculations are for each piece to be 118 calories, 2 grams fat, 22 grams carbs, and 3 grams protein. Still very reasonable and you could make the pieces smaller if you want fewer calories. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.
Hi Janice, hope you love them as much as other readers have!
Jenni K. says
Was looking for a recipe for the little bready thing in the starbuck protein boxes and came across this recipe. These are INSANELY good. I have been struggling with ready to go breakfasts and now I’m STOKED to eat this will the rest of my protein box in the morning. Thank you thank you for this recipe! It was also so easy to make! (I subbed in the Bob’s Red Mill Muesli).
So excited that you like these, thank you so much for commenting. I love Bob’s Red Mill Muesli!
Just waiting for my dough to rise and I’m wondering after you roll the balls and let them rise- do you press them “flat” before baking? I want more discs than balls.
I do make them flat before baking, hope you loved these.
I do love them! I’ve been giving them to friends who love them too. I flattened mine a bit but I think I’ll flattten them more next time. Thanks for the recipe!
Janie Arnott Burke says
I made these for the first time today! They are wonderful, thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much for coming back and commenting and letting me know you liked them!!! I love these fruit and nut rounds too, you’ve inspired me to go make another batch!
Jennifer k says
I made these and they turned out so good. Thanks for sharing!!!
Thank you so much for commenting, so glad you liked them!
Michelle S says
Like you, I enjoyed the bread from the protien box and wanted to see if I could find a recipe, THANK YOU. I hope to make this for the work week coming up.
Part of my weight loss plan is calorie counting, so I used your recipe and put it in the recipe analyzer at VeryWellFit. I did used the whole recipe, in case I don’t make exactly 21 pieces, I can divide the #’s by how many I make.
Here is what the analyzer said: for 21 pieces they are 44 calories each! This is wonderful for me.
I will come back and post my thoughts after I try your recipe.
I was just about to do the same – holy smokes! I ended up making 18 – that’s still only 51 calories each! Thanks of doing the math.
Thank you so much for your comment and doing the math, hopefully you love them as much as I (and everyone else) 🙂
My teenager is a huge fan of the protein boxes but making a special trip to Starbucks isn’t always possible. And, to be honest, I always feel like homemade is best but, with one of her favorite parts being the muesli bread, wasn’t sure what to substitute. I am so happy to have found this recipe to day. They JUST came out of the oven and are GORGEOUS! The smell amazing, and I am so excited to be able to create a homemade version of her favorite treat. Bonus points that they can be frozen – nice and easy and should be thawed just in time for lunch. Thank you, thank you!
Thank you so much for your awesome comment!! So happy you enjoyed these!