The ultimate healthy and delicious breakfast cereal, Bircher Muesli, made with oats, apples, yogurt, nuts and fresh fruit, is sure to satisy.
I love to start my day with a fast and healthy breakfast. That usually means just a bowl of oatmeal with soy milk and fruit. While this remains my favorite breakfast, sometimes it can become a little routine and uninspiring.
Growing up I used to eat Muesli but it was just the commercial variety and I never really liked it. This version based on the original recipe created in 1940 by Dr. Bircher, a Swiss nutritionalist is nothing like the muesli I grew up with. Made with oats and yogurt, raw apples, and fresh and dried fruit and nuts, its full of flavour and is very satisfying. Hikers often ate muesli before hiking the Alps and I can see why. This recipe is super filling and will give up all the energy you need for a full day of school, work or more strenuous activties.
How to make Bircher’s Muesli
Bircher’s muesli is an easy recipe and is just an original version of overnight oats. It adds grated apple which is different from most oatmeal bowls and it really makes the oatmeal special.
You can add whatever combination of dried fruit and nuts that you want. I used chopped pecans and walnuts, dried cherries and raisins for this recipe. Sometimes I add diced dates as well. Any combination tastes great and adds protein and sweetness.
You begin by layering the ingredients in a deep bowl or mason jar. Then you add your favorite plant based milk until everything is covered. Add a cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning you will have a nice bowl of healthy oats ready for you. You can then top it with anything you desire. Be sure to include some of all the layers in your bowl when serving for full health and taste benefits.
I like to add more coconut based yogurt, chopped nuts and sliced fresh berries and soy milk. You can also add seeds or use frozen fruit as well. I sweeten it with either agave, maple syrup or stevia leaf powder.
I love muesli and it is a super way to start your day. I often have leftovers and freeze it. I thaw it overnight and have a great breakfast waiting for me. It is a super food in itself and so delicious as well. Enjoy!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup vegan yogurt plus more as needed
- 2 medium organic apples grated
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 2 tablespoons dried cherries
- 1/2 cup nondairy milk plus more as needed
- Fresh fruit
- Dried fruit
- Chopped nuts
- Sweetener of your choice
- In a deep container with a lid, layer the oats, yogurt, apples, pecans, raisins and cherries. Cover with soy milk.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.
- To serve: Spoon oats and toppings into 4 bowls. Make sure to include all layers.
- Top individual servings with fresh or dried fruit, yogurt, nuts and maple syrup or agave syrup. Add more milk if desired.