When I was doing a ski season in Switzerland a few years back I absolutely fell in love with Bircher muesli!
Muesli was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. It was inspired by a similar “strange dish” that he and his wife had been served on a hike in the Swiss Alps.
These days there are so many different variations on the Bircher muesli, from simplistic to extravagant – it’s the perfect breakfast if you’re in a rush in the morning since pretty much everything has been prepared the night before!
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 1 cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 cup dried fruits (like figs, apricots, plums)
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup non-dairy yoghurt
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 3/4 cup apple juice
- 2 red apples
- Mix all ingredients except apples in a large bowl, cover and place in the fridge over night.
- Grate apples the next morning and add to the bowl. Add a splash of non-dairy milk until you reach the consistency you want, stir and serve!