Bircher muesli

My life consists of a lot of travels, which help me discover new countries, new cultures and, obviously – different cuisines. Birchermüesli is one of the things I had discovered while working in Switzerland and Germany. This Swiss origin breakfast meal is not only delicious, but also easy to make. Take a look.

Usually I don’t eat breakfast or eat it later than usual, because I follow an intermittent-fasting lifestyle. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t eat poached eggs, pancakes, yoghurt with nuts and fruit or other typical breakfast meals. So this bircher muesli turns into a pre or post-lunch snack for me. Yum.

What is bircher muesli? It consists of oats, yoghurt (liquid kind), raw apples, a mix of nuts and/or seeds, sweetener (e.g. honey) and sometimes fresh berries. Basically, oats soaked in yoghurt plus some other delicious bits and pieces. Chopped or grated apples add moisture, light acid and crunch to bircher muesli. A light squeeze of lemon or orange juice is also sometimes added.

I like my bircher muesli best when it is only very lightly sweetened, therefore I only add a bit of honey. If you use rolled oats, it’s best to leave bircher muesli jars in the fridge overnight. If you use finer oats (e.g. oats for instant oatmeal), a few hours is enough, but I still think it’s nicest if left in the fridge overnight.


Serves 2   |   10 mins prep time   |   overnight waiting time   


Ingredients:

  • 40 g of rolled or instant oats
  • 250-300 g plain natural yoghurt (liquid kind, NOT greek or icelandic)
  • 1 medium crunchy apple
  • a handful of toasted almonds, chopped
  • a handful of dried cranberries
  • 1-2 teaspoons of liquid honey (or more, if you prefer sweeter)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Remove seeds from the apple, cut it into slices and then into very thin stripes. Mix oats, chopped almonds, dried cranberries, chopped apple and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix in yoghurt and liquid honey. Stir to incorporate. Transfer mixture into jars, close them and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, top with more chopped almonds and dried cranberries. I also sprinkled some bee pollen and bilberry powder for extra vitamins.