This Bircher Muesli recipe is a delicious, nourishing chilled breakfast bowl to set you up for the day.
This bircher muesli recipe has a good balance of protein from the chia seeds, complex carbohydrates from the oats, essential minerals, and nutrients from the walnuts and seeds.
A good breakfast is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and for maintaining energy levels throughout the day. The added beauty of this recipe is that it takes just 5 minutes to mix everything together the night before and you are good to go the next morning.
History of Bircher
The word muesli is a Swiss-German variation of the German word “müs” meaning porridge and the diminutive suffix, “-li.” The “invention” of muesli is credited to Swiss physician and nutritional pioneer, Maximilian Bircher-Benner.
The recipe consisted of oat flakes, raw apples, condensed milk, nuts, and lemon juice and it led Dr. Bircher-Benner to overwhelming improvements in the health of many of his patients.
Dr. Bircher-Benner determined that much of the sickness experienced by his patients could be alleviated with increased exercise and a more nutritious diet.
He was able to heal and prevent disease through a diet rich in raw grains, fruits, and vegetables, and with moderate exercise including walking and gardening daily.
Chia 'strength' Seeds
Originating in Central America, Chia, meaning 'Strength' in Mayan is a key ingredient to incorporate into your daily menus. Packed full of protein, fiber, omega-3 fats, and minerals these little super seeds will give you extra superpowers.
Read more about chia seeds here
A warm bowl of porridge oats on a cold winter's morning takes me back to my childhood I have fond memories of a creamy bowl of oats with honey and raisins before heading off for school.
Rarely a day goes by that I do not have oats in some shape or form. Oats have been a key ingredient throughout my last 30 years and I can thank my continued good health to this humble grain.
Oats can provide many positive health benefits by incorporating them into your daily menus. Read more about oats here
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Without further ado, I gift you one of my favorite Bircher Muesli recipes to enjoy and share with your family and friends.. feel free to adapt some of the ingredients to suit your region and tastes...
Bircher Muesli, Chia, Apple, Fig, Walnut
- Weighing scales
- Mixing bowl
- Chopping board
- Chefs knife
- Serving bowl
- 500 ml Almond milk
- 100 g Oats
- 20 g Chia seeds
- 40 g Pumpkin seeds
- 40 g Walnuts
- 100 g Dried figs stem removed - cut in ¼
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon powder
- 2 each Apple - green Peel and coarsely grate
- ½ each Lemon Zest and juice
- 20 ml Maple syrup
- Weigh out all the ingredients.
- Place the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, almond milk and maple syrup in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Peel and grate apple. Add the grated apple, seeds and dried fruits to the oat mix. Mix well.
- Spoon mix into serving bowls.
- Allow to activate overnight or for at least 2 hours.
- Serve garnished with some chopped walnuts, figs, pumpkin seeds and sliced apple
Fantastic bircher! Added some plums for colour. Loved serving it in individual glasses. 😄
Thank you Sophie, I'm delighted you enjoy the recipe. I've made this many times with different toppings. It's a keeper!