Join our resident foodie creator, Ifat as she shares her nutritious homemade Bircher Muesli recipe.
Perfect for the new school year!
For as long as I can remember whilst growing up, a popular staple at home was bircher muesli, jam packed with dried and fresh fruits, rolled oats, mixed grains, nuts and seeds. My mother would absolutely love to eat this and when we weren’t very hungry but needed that little bit of a boost she’d make a bowl!
Reminiscing about the good ol’ days, I decided I wanted to come up with my own version of a more nutritious and delicious option for me and the family to have at home.
Through some research and digging I found out that the famed muesli was invented by a physician Max Bircher-Benner in the early 1900’s to his patients that needed a more nutrient dense diet. Over the years muesli was packaged and sold and the traditions that came with this dish was lost along the way.
The original muesli was made in a batch mixed with milk of choice or more traditionally with water and lemon juice and put into the fridge and kept for up to a week. Soaked seeds and nuts with oats made it easier to digest! With the new trends in overnight oats and overnight chia in the fridge it’s clear where the ‘overnight’ trend had originated.
So what do we do at home? I make a mixture of ingredients together and then package it in a nice container. When we are ready for the weekly batch I simply combine it with milk, usually a nice homemade almond vanilla milk. Leave it in the fridge and when we are ready to have some, place it in a bowl and top with our favourite toppings.
The toppings can vary, coconut yogurt, fresh fruits, nice creams, chocolate avocado pudding. The combinations are endless and always inventive! My son, Jacob’s favourite is nice cream (blended frozen banana with vega vanilla protein) and topped with fresh cut mango. My daughter, Leah’s favourite combination is with chocolate avocado pudding, and strawberries topped with sprinkled mixed nuts and seeds, whilst baby Elijah has no preference as he generally loves everything!
Ifat’s Homemade Bircher Muesli
6 cups gluten free quick or rolled oats
2 cups smashed almonds
1 1/4 cups sunflower seeds
1 1/4 cups pumpkin seeds
1 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup hemp seeds
1 tsp shredded coconut
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients, place in a container and store in a dry cool place
- When you are ready to make some, take your muesli and put it in a mason jar or container of choice, top with milk. If you put one cup of muesli put one and half to two cups of milk and so on for larger portions.
- Then keep it in the fridge overnight and eat in the morning. Many families will make enough to last a couple of days and eat out of it for the week, this is what we do at home!
Top with your favorite toppings!
Here are some family favourites:
- Coconut Yogurt, Mango, Passion Fruit and Hemp Seeds
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding, Fresh Strawberries, Coconut Cream & Crushed Hazelnuts
- Grated or Chopped Apple, Raw Honey, Hemp Seeds
Enjoy this healthy breakfast recipe for the new school year!