Muesli originated in Switzerland by a physician named Maximilian Bircher-Benner. His version, often referred to as “Bircher muesli,” consisted of raw oats, grated apples, and chopped nuts mixed with milk and a splash of lemon juice. Muesli is one of my favorite ways to start the day; it’s full of fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, and other healthy ingredients that give me energy for the day without weighing me down.
Ways to enjoy your muesli:
- as “Bircher muesli”, by stirring together muesli, a grated apple, with a splash of lemon juice and milk or yogurt in the evening. Keep the bowl covered and refrigerated overnight, and enjoy your ready-to-eat breakfast in the morning.
- as oatmeal/porridge, boiled with milk and served with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, if desired.
- as cereal with milk or yogurt, topped with fresh fruit.
Swiss MuesliCourse: BreakfastCuisine: German, SwissDifficulty: Very simple
Stir together a batch of your own Swiss Muesli for an easy and healthy breakfast or snack that’s ready when you need it.
2 cups Old-Fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
½ cup raw sliced almonds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
½ cup chopped dates
- In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container.
- Prepare a “Bircher Muesli” by stirring together muesli, a grated apple, a splash of lemon juice, and milk or yogurt in the evening. Keep the bowl covered and refrigerated overnight, and enjoy your ready-to-eat breakfast in the morning.