Bircher Muesli was a life-changer breakfast for me! I was lucky to learn about Bircher Muesli as a child as it was a common breakfast or afternoon meal even at school in Austria.
These Healthy overnight oats pack a punch of nutritious ingredients, including fresh fruits and honey!
How do you make Bircher Muesli?
It’s actually easier then you can imagine, but first let me explain why you might want to make Bircher Muesli for breakfast from now on!
I have been a bit lazy in preparing breakfast in the last months but I started a new training called Tabata traning.
Not that I don’t mind lifting weight, after all we have a Gym, but I have been completely absorbed, creating the best content for you here on my blog that I started to miss out on my training. This is of course not good!
So, this is how I started to follow a daily Tabata training routine.
It’s quite simple, you work out to the fullest in less then 12 minutes with intervals by following 4 specified exercises and every day you focus on another body part. It’s a mighty time saver!
It’s been perfect for me and after each workout I get really hungry and that’s when I need my Bircher Muesli!
What is Muesli/Müsli?
Muesli is a breakfast bowl which includes healthy grains. Oatmeal is a main ingredients and other dry ingredients are mixed into the oats such as nuts, dried fruits and seeds.
You also add milk or yogurt and fresh fruits to a Muesli and let the mixture set, preferably overnight for the best taste experience.
Müsli can be compared to Granola but the latter is baked while Muesli is the original overnight oats, popularized by his inventor, the nutritionist Dr. Bircher-Benner from Switzerland.
He had turned the Müsli a main breakfast item in his hospital in Switzerland in the early 1900.
I find Dr. Bircher-Benner rather interesting as he was one of the first to revolutionize our food habits.
He suffered from jaundice and apparently got cured by eating raw apples and that is how he developed, as a food scientist, a mixture of ingredients with apples, oats, nuts, honey, yogurt and lemon juice. This was his original Muesli recipe, hence the name Bircher Muesli!
He was maybe one of the first Vegetarians of his time in Europe in the public eye!
What is Bircher Muesli made of today?
A homemade Bircher muesli is very swiss and it includes different ingredients and its preparation differs as well.
So in that case you can add new kinds of ingredients too, which were less or even unknown to the Dr. back then, such as Chia and Flax seeds.
My mum would soak the oats in milk the previous night and the next morning she would add the grated apple, lemon juice, yogurt, honey, raisins, fruits etc.
Because the Bircher Museli soaks overnight you save time the next day in completing your breakfast.
So, while you can follow the original Bircher Muesli recipe, as I did further below, you can also experiment with different grains, dried fruit, lactose-free milks, nuts and seeds.
In fact you could also use stevia instead of honey if you prefer. Of course you are free to pick your fresh fruits too!
What matters the most is that the oats soak up the flavors of the other ingredients and the Bircher Muesli turns out moist and very flavorful as it has been sitting in the fridge over night.
Bircher Museli is a life-changer for all those who want to eat a healthier breakfast which is full of flavors and very nutritious at the same time.
A bowl full of Bircher Muesli gives you energy and helps you to master your daily morning routine!
My Other Recipes
Life-changing Bircher Muesli – Healthy Overnight oats [Swiss Recipe] below:
- 80 grams Oats (rolled flakes, the regular one) or 2.8 oz
- 180 milliliter milk or 6 fl oz
- 4-6 Tablespoons Honey
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 100 grams grated apple or ½ of a bigger apple or 3.5 oz
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
- 80 milliliter plain yogurt or 2.7 fl oz
- a few raisins (optional)
- a few almonds
- fresh fruits (berries or chikoo or banana,...)
- The night before, place the oats and milk together in a container. Mix the content and place into the fridge.
- The next morning add the honey, lemon juice, grated apple, cinnamon powder, yogurt, raisins and almonds. Mix the whole content well.
- Choose some fruits, rinse and cut into pieces. Place on top of your muesli. I usually use whatever fruits we have at home but I noticed that strawberries and chikoos are a great addition. Also peach bites turn the bircher muesli into a special breakfast.
- Best enjoyed cooled.
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- Carrot Apple Ginger Juice
- Norwegian Porridge
- Pomelo fruit bowl smoothie
- ABC Juice
- Semolina Porridge with Banana
- Roundup collection of nutritious breakfast ideas!
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Note: The Post, Bircher Muesli, was first published at masalaherb.com on the 3rd January 2014 and has been enhanced and updated ever since.