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Best Bircher Swiss Muesli Recipe

Updated on June 11, 2016
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Muesli with Pears, Apples & Fruit Cocktail: Sprinkled With Flax & Chia Seeds
Muesli with Pears, Apples & Fruit Cocktail: Sprinkled With Flax & Chia Seeds | Source

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.


Table of Contents

  • 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


Make muesli with any fruit you have on hand. Pictured: Swiss Muesli with apples, mangoes, berries & almond slivers
Make muesli with any fruit you have on hand. Pictured: Swiss Muesli with apples, mangoes, berries & almond slivers | Source
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Prodyne CK-300 Multi-Use Cheese Fruit and Veggie Knife

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Tips

  • 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.

Ingredients

  • 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


Instructions

  1. Combine oats, yogurt and milk. Allow it to rest.
  2. Core and chop apple, or use a large grate to shred the apple.
  3. Add to yogurt mixture and stir. Add more milk if you like thinner consistency.
  4. Enjoy!

*For this recipe we prefer Braeburn, Fuji or another sweet & crisp apple variety


Cook Time

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: Serves 2

Bircher's Swiss Muesli

4.5 stars from 45 ratings of Bircher's Swiss Muesli

Metric Conversion

  • 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


Ingredients

  • 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

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Leave oatmeal, milk and yogurt to rest while chopping fruit.Chop apples & pearsChop mangoCombine all ingredients
Leave oatmeal, milk and yogurt to rest while chopping fruit.
Leave oatmeal, milk and yogurt to rest while chopping fruit.
Chop apples & pears
Chop apples & pears
Chop mango
Chop mango
Combine all ingredients
Combine all ingredients

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Chop or dice fresh fruit. Grated apple gives muesli a smoother texture, but the muesli will also oxidize more quickly.
  3. Combine oatmeal mixture with the fresh fruit, nuts and raisins, stirring gently with a spatula so as not to bruise the fruit.
  4. 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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Kotobuki Fruit Knife with Wood Cover, Brown

Designed by Japanese chefs to chop fruit without bruising

 

Substitutions

  • 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.


Ready to Make Muesli
Ready to Make Muesli | Source

Benefits of Eating Raw Oats and Yogurt

Raw Oats:

  • 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.

Yogurt:

  • 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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    Cooper Harrison 5 weeks ago from San Francisco, CA

    This looks healthy and delicious - just the kind of breakfast I've been looking for.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    techygran, I´m glad this brought back memories of your hippie days muesli and hope you´ll try it again soon! (without dairy). Thanks so much for your comment and have a great weekend!

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    Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    Vespawoolf:

    Recently I thought about making some muesli... in our old hippie days (the 70s) I would grate pour some warm water and butter(?) over some oats and let it soak overnight, then in the morning grate on an apple and maybe some cinnamon and honey (this is from a cobwebby memory, so it might not be so). I'm not sure that I used an dairy. Anyhow, I can not remember why we stopped eating it, and why we stopped eating that lovely grainy, thick raw honey either. It's worth a try again! I love the photos of all the luscious fruit cut over the oats! Yum! Thank you for this! ~Cynthia

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Deborah-Diane, I'm glad you're going to make this muesli! It's delicious and good for you, too. Thanks for your comment.

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    Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

    This sounds wonderful! I love to eat Muesli once in a while, so I will definitely try this recipe!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Soulfully, pineapple would be delicious in this fresh fruit muesli. I'm glad you're going to try this healthy breakfast. Thanks for stopping by!

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    soulfully 3 years ago

    The Bircher Müesli Recipe looks like something I'd really enjoy for breakfast. I think I'd add pineapple to mine for an extra sweet kick.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    talfonso, I'm glad you're going to try this recipe! It's one of our favorites because it's healthy, delicious and quick and easy. Enjoy!

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    talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

    I used to soak oatmeal in water and then add fruit as muesli. I'm definitely going to try this recipe! It fits my lifestyle and it's a welcome complement to 3 ounces of scrambled egg whites. Mmmmmm mmmm!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Rafaela Lima, I'm glad you're going to try this delicious and healthy Swiss Muesli! Thanks for coming by!

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    Rafaela Lima 4 years ago from US

    Your hub is great! I will try it as soon as possible! :)

    Thanks!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    CyberShelley, thank you for the kind words! Muesli has all the elements of a great breakfast: quick, easy, healthy and delicious. Thanks for coming by!

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    Shelley Watson 4 years ago

    Well done on another stellar recipe hub vespawolf. I was looking for a good recipe for muesli and as I've tried your recipes before I know this will be perfect as well. Thank you!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    twig22bend, please come back and tell me what you think, if you have a chance. Raw oatmeal has been eaten for decades in Europe and it's becoming more popular in the U.S., too. Enjoy and thanks for coming by!

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    twig22bend 4 years ago

    I love oatmeal. I have never eaten it uncooked, but this sounds like my kind of dish, so I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Deborah-Diane, I'm glad to meet someone who appreciates the benefits of eating raw oatmeal! And it's delicious, too, especially when mixed with fruit and yogurt. Thank you for all your support.

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    Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

    I frequently eat raw oatmeal, and sometimes add a little fruit. However, I love the idea of putting all this together as a homemade Muesli. It sounds like my favorite kind of breakfast. Thanks!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    lielsl5858, swiss muesli is a delicious and healthy way to start the day. Enjoy and thank you for coming by!

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    Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Looks tasty to eat, I have to try some of your delicious looking recipes. Thank you vespawoolf for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, oatmeal is good for you any way, but my hubby who doesn't care for cooked oatmeal loves muesli. So we eat it a lot in our house. Your oatmeal with bananas and raisins sounds yummy to me! Thanks for the vote.

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    Love oatmeal with raisins and banana's on it with skim milk. We always eat cooked oatmeal sometimes for dinner. I have never tried it your way but will have to give it a try. Sounds good. Voted up.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    lindacee, I know what you mean about Eggo waffles. : ) This is a great breakfast for something healthy. It sure does start the day off right. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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    lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

    This Swiss muesli looks so tasty! Your Hub has given me the inspiration to start the day with a healthy breakfast. I hate to admit I have an Eggo waffle addiction. Thank you for sharing a delicious and healthful recipe! :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks fo the share and comment, AudreyHowitt!

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    Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

    This looks wonderful!! Sharing!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    beingwell, my hubby isn't a fan of fruit or most mueslis but strangely enough, he often requests this muesli. I hope you have a chance to try it. I like that it keeps well in the fridge for several days so he has a healthy snack he can serve himself and fill up on in between meals. Thanks for coming by!

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    beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

    My hubby's not a fan of muesli. Maybe if I try your recipe, he might give it another try. We'll see...

    Sharing this hub to my friends!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Prasetio, muesli is delicious and healthy. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much for the vote and comment.

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    prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I love the recipe and it sound delicious. I'll show to my mom and I hope she want to make it for lunch. Voted up!

    Prasetio

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    PeggyW, we eat muesli regularly and always feel like we're doing something good for our body. We also love it! It's versatile since you can use so many different fruits. Please let me know what you think if you have a chance. Thanks for the votes!

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    This gets another 5 stars from me + up and useful votes. Can't wait to give this a try tomorrow morning for breakfast! Definitely passing this along by sharing. Thanks!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Hendrika, the raw oats, fruit and yogurt makes muesli a nutrition powerhouse. I know fruit can be expensive in some areas, so use apples and whatever fruit is least expensive there. I find most any fruit I've used in muesli is really delicious. Thank you for stopping by!

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    Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    I must say it sounds very delicious. The apples prevents it from being too expensive for me as fruit is quite expensive. I will add the canned fruit it needs be. We are all so used to the store bought variety that we do not even think of making our own and I find that some of them have a lot of sweetness and roasting wich I suppose makes the oats not "raw" any more!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Unknown spy, you're right. We're having a bowl of muesli this morning! It really gives you the right start to the day. Thanks!

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    IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    sure looks so healthy and tasty! gave it 5 stars.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Alocsin, muesli requires no cooking and is so fast and healthy. We make large batches and store them in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Then we have a quick and healthy breakfast for several days in a row. Enjoy!

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    alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I don't know that I've ever had muesli but this recipe sounds good enough for me to try it out. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sandrabusby, enjoy the recipe! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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    Sandra Busby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

    I haven't had Bircher muesli since I lived in Zurich, but I'm going to make some now. Thanks for SHARING.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    sen.sush23, muesli is a delicious alternative to boxed cereal and so healthy! I'm glad you find this recipe useful. Thanks so much for the vote, share and comment.

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    Sushmita 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

    This looks and suggests an interesting and healthy breakfast option. I eat cereals and often add raisins and nuts to it- muesli from the market was something I got,but I prefer not to go for packaged food. Your recipe is such an appetizing alternative and the video is also interesting. Voted up and shared.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Melovy, I'm glad you can use this recipe. We just love muesli and eat it often. Thanks so much for the vote and comment!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Natashalh, it's nice to know there are non-dairy yogurts out there. I'll make a note of it in this hub. We love this muesli and hope you enjoy it as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    ishwaryaa22, thanks so much for the share and vote. We enjoy this muesli quite often as it's so delicious and healthy, too. It's nice to hear from you again!

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    Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

    This looks good. I eat porridge (cooked oatmeal) almost every morning so this would make a good change, especially in summer. I will soak some oats overnight.

    Voted up.

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    Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

    Luckily, they now make yogurt out of non-dairy milks. Almond yogurt is delicious! I recently started becoming lactose intolerant and yogurt was the first thing I noticed bothering me, as clairewait noted.

    Thanks for the recipe! I really had no idea muesli was anything more than the boxed item on the cereal aisle. This sounds delicious and ready healthy.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    I am fond of Swiss museli and granola. I often bought the commercial types (reputed brands only). This is a truly authentic dish and your recipes are clearly explained. I would like to try them soon. It is interesting to note the origination of authentic Swiss museli thanks to the good doctor Bircher. An engaging hub with yummy photos. Well-done!

    Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Clairewait, I'll keep that in mind about the lactose! Yes, it's a wonderful summer recipe that we enjoy often. Besides being quick and easy, it's very nutritious. Thank you for commenting!

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    clairewait 4 years ago from North Carolina

    I have yet to meet someone who is lactose intolerant that can tolerate yogurt--it is often the first thing to go. At any rate, this breakfast looks delicious and hearty, and I am not lactose intolerant, so I'll be trying! *I also love this for summer... no cooking the oatmeal. Great hub.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Good to know about the cheese in Switzerland! When we went to Paris I ate cheese for two weeks straight. I don't think I'm lactose intolerant, but it did't have a good affect on my digestive system to say the least. : ) Enjoy the muesli and thanks for your comment!

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    WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

    I can sure cook. I am not usually into recipe hubs, but this caught my eye. We had a co-op "health food" store in my town that made the best muesli, but the the old hippies were bought out and the place turned into a more commercial operation. The new one has some good food in the cafe', but no muesli. Now I can just make my own. Thanks.

    Cheese, the way they make it in Switzerland, is good for you in moderation (unless you are lactose intolerant).

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Cammiebar, I have updated the muesli hub based on your question about consuming raw oats. I hope you'll drop back by!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Hello ElizaDoole. Nutritionists say raw oats are more beneficial than cooked in weight loss programs. It will help lower bad cholesterol and increase good. Plus it tastes good! So there's no need to cook the oatmeal in muesli. Just let it soak in the milk and yogurt for about 30 minutes, while you chop the fruit.

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    Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

    @cammiebar - I want to know that as well. About the oatmeal. I like making muesli thanks for the recipe.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wow, what a wonderful vacation! Now you can recreate your memories of the muesli.

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    Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

    I recently went for a few days to Mörschach, Switzerland, and the breakfast buffet at the hotel I was staying in had Swiss Muesli every day, it truly is delicious!!!! Now I know how they made it taste so good.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Muesli is made with raw oatmeal. No need to cook it. Just mix with milk and yogurt and let it rest as you chop the fruit. Not just delicious, it's also very healthful. I hope you'll give it a shot. It's very addictive!

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    Cammiebar 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    This sounds really good! But I have a question. Do you use instant oatmeal and not heat it up when you combine it? Or do you need to cook the oatmeal a bit first?

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