Best Bircher Swiss Muesli Recipe
Easy Overnight Breakfast Oatmeal
I'll never forget the first time I tasted Swiss muesli. Pleasantly sweet and creamy, muesli with yogurt satisfied our appetites and energized us for several hours of skiing. Best of all, Bircher Swiss muesli is quick, nutritious and can be made ahead of time.
This recipe is based on Bircher’s original. Why eat muesli? Muesli can be made with any fresh fruit you have on hand. Since no cooking is required, it's quick and easy to prepare. And best of all, muesli is good for you and your family.
We’ve all seen the muesli sold in supermarkets, the kind packaged in boxes and sold in the cereal aisle. The original muesli, developed by Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner at the turn of the 20th century, was a far cry from today’s commercial variety.
A pioneer in nutrition, the good doctor developed this cereal to heal patients in his Zurich sanitarium. He espoused a diet rich in whole, raw foods and started his own meals with a bowl of raw oats and apples. When Bircher's fellow physicians first heard of his revolutionary ideas, many stormed out of his conferences in an outrage.
How do you make Swiss muesli? First, please find a quick and easy one-serving muesli recipe. The second recipe offers interesting and delicious variations. Learn more about the benefits of eating raw oats and yogurt at the bottom of this page.
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Tips for Great Muesli & Recommended Tools
Quick & Easy One Serving Muesli Recipe
Bircher's Original Swiss Muesli Recipe
Substitutions & Lactose-Free Muesli
Benefits of Eating Raw Oats & Yogurt
THIS GREAT LITTLE KNIFE CHOPS FRUIT WITHOUT BRUISING
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- This recipe makes just one or two servings. We usually double or cuadruple the quantities so we can eat muesli for several days.
- We prefer sweet, crisp apples such as Fuji or Honeycrisp. If you want to store muesli for a few days, though, an apple like Granny Smith oxidizes more slowly because of lower sugar content.
- Since oxygen is the mortal enemy of cut fruit, store muesli in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for several days.
- A sharp knife makes cutting fruit easier and cuts it cleanly without bruising. Better yet, enlist a helper to hurry along the process.
- To cut calories buy plain, lowfat yogurt or Kefir and sweeten with stevia instead of honey, if desired.
- If the yogurt is pourable, you may need less milk. The oatmeal/yogurt mixture should be thin enough to pour when you mix in the fruit. It will thicken as it rests.
- This recipe makes muesli the consistency of thick oatmeal. If you like it thinner, add more milk or liquid of choice.
- You can substitute fruit juice for the milk if you prefer.
- Muesli is fun to make with kids. The adult can do the chopping while the child helps measure and stir ingredients.
- Sprinkle with flax seed or chia for extra fiber and heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Try muesli for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Quick & Easy One Serving Muesli Recipe
If you're in a hurry, try this simple but satisfying muesli.
- 1/2 cup quick oats, raw
- 1/2 cup yogurt, any flavor
- 1/2 cup whole or skim milk
- 1 apple*, cored and chopped or grated
- Combine oats, yogurt and milk. Allow it to rest.
- Core and chop apple, or use a large grate to shred the apple.
- Add to yogurt mixture and stir. Add more milk if you like thinner consistency.
*For this recipe we prefer Braeburn, Fuji or another sweet & crisp apple variety
- Prep time: 20 min
- Ready in: 20 min
- Yields: Serves 2
Bircher's Swiss Muesli
- 90 g raw oats
- 225 mL plain yoghurt
- 225 mL milk, any type
- 20 mL honey
- 1 apple, cored and chopped
- 1 pear, cored and chopped
- 1 fresh mango*, peeled, pitted and chopped
- 15 grams raisins or chopped dried fruit
- 15 grams almonds or other nuts, chopped
- 1 cup raw, old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup low-fat yogurt or kefir, any flavor
- 1 cup whole or skim milk
- 1 Tablespoon honey, to taste
- 1 apple, cored
- 1 pear*, cored
- 1 fresh mango or peach**, pitted, peeled and chopped
- 1 Tablespoon almonds, pecans or walnuts, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon raisins or chopped, dried fruit
- *or substitute another apple
- ** or try 2 canned peach halves or 2 Tablespoons of canned fruit cocktail
- Combine oatmeal, yogurt, milk and honey. Start with 1/2 cup of milk and set aside for about 15 minutes, until oatmeal absorbs the liquid. Add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired.
- Chop or dice fresh fruit. Grated apple gives muesli a smoother texture, but the muesli will also oxidize more quickly.
- Combine oatmeal mixture with the fresh fruit, nuts and raisins, stirring gently with a spatula so as not to bruise the fruit.
- Sprinkle with seasonal berries such as blueberries or raspberries, if available, for a gourmet touch. Or choose ground flax seeds or chia seeds for extra fiber and nutrients.
Make Swiss Muesli with any fruit you have on hand. Tell us about it in the comments section!
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- For those with lactose intolerance: try soy or almond yogurt and almond milk or fruit juice.
- If using pourable yogurt or kefir, add less milk or juice. For thicker style yogurt, increase the milk or other liquid used in the recipe.
- Try old-fashioned or quick oats.
- Instead of honey substitute sweetened condensed milk, maple syrup, agave syrup or a dusting of stevia.
- Add dried cranberries, blueberries or other dried fruit instead of raisins.
- Hazelnuts, brazil nuts or sunflower seeds may be substituted for almonds.
- If fresh mangoes or peaches aren’t available where you live, don’t be afraid to substitute another sweet, soft fruit or even canned peaches or fruit cocktail. They add natural sweetness to the muesli.
Benefits of Eating Raw Oats and Yogurt
- Weight loss: Oats contain more soluble fiber than most other grains. This fiber absorbs large quantities of water, slowing the digestive process and making you feel full longer, which helps control weight.
- Digestibility: Due to soluble fiber, oats are more digestible than other grains. Although in the U.S. oats are most often consumed in cooked form, raw oats are easily digested. Just soak for at least 30 minutes in yogurt and milk, or overnight, before adding fruit.
- Cardiovascular health: It’s a well-known fact that oats can help lower harmful cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol, thus reducing risk of heart disease. Oats also help control blood glucose levels and may reduce high blood pressure and risk of certain cancers, such as colorectal.
- Mental health: Oats contain inositol, which can act as a natural anti-depressant.
- Nutrition: Oats contain numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and are a good source of protein.
- Full of “good” bacteria, or probiotics, yogurt benefits the intestines and immune function.
- Yogurt is a good source of calcium. For those who suffer from lactose intolerance, try a non-dairy yogurt such as almond or soy yogurt.
- Since yogurt makes you feel full, it can contribute to weight loss.
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