When I moved to Switzerland this year, I discovered the traditional Swiss breakfast of bircher muesli and it changed my life! Bircher muesli is a sort of variation on overnight oats, so it’s a great option if you’re looking for something nutritious that you can eat on-the-go, or if you’re looking for something cool and refreshing to munch on in the morning.
Bircher muesli was invented by Maximilian Bircher-Benner in the 1900’s. He was a physician and nutritionist who believed in the ‘raw food diet’. He thought that raw fruits and vegetables held the most nutritional value, and to an extent he was right! By cooking fruits and vegetables, they can sometimes lose their nutrients, so this a perfect vitamin and minerals packed breakfast to help you start the day on the right foot.
A typical basic bircher muesli consists of oats, milk and grated apple, and they are then left overnight so that the liquids are absorbed. I wanted to put a personal twist on this by substituting regular milk with almond milk, and by adding other ingredients to the mix. One idea of mine was to add nuts, as I quite like to have a bit of a crunch in my oatmeal to contrast with its soft texture, but I also thought it would be a good idea to add a bit of protein to the meal. Another idea I had was to add some other fruits, because I found that the traditional recipe was quite bland. In the end, I chose strawberries as they were not only a vibrant and nutritious addition, but I also found them to be very refreshing. However, as strawberries don’t have a very strong flavour, I additionally added a splash of lime juice to give the bircher muesli a little zesty kick.
Although I think you’ll love my recipe, feel free to add or substitute your own ingredients and make it your own. Pretty much any fruits or nuts can go well with bircher muesli and that’s what makes it so special, so go crazy!
Ingredients (Serves 1)
- 30g of oats
- 1 tbsp of flaxseed (optional)
- 1 apple
- 2 tbsp of soy yogurt (or another dairy-free yogurt of your choice, coconut yogurt makes a great alternative)
- 150ml of almond milk (or another dairy-free milk of your choice)
- 1 tsp of lime juice (optional) (lemon juice works well too)
- 5 strawberries
- 5 walnuts
- Place the oats in a serving bowl and mix in the flaxseed if you are using it.
- Grate the apple without removing the peel straight into the bowl.
- Add the 2 tbsp of soy yogurt (or another dairy-free yogurt) and pour in the almond milk. Add the lime juice, then combine the mixture together with a spoon.
- Place the bowl in the fridge and leave it overnight, so that the oats soften and the mixture absorbs the liquid.
- Prior to serving, take the bowl out of the fridge. Slice the strawberries in half and then roughly chop the walnuts. Top your bircher muesli with the strawberries and walnuts, then serve and enjoy!