Developed around 1900, by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, Bircher Muesli is a popular breakfast dish based on raw ingredients. In this case we’re using lots of healthy ingredients from the foods to eat list, including coconut flakes, seeds, and nuts, mixed with coconut milk and a squeeze of lemon.
For many people, their only experience of Bircher Muesli is in the buffet breakfast at a hotel. I’m here to tell you that this is a really simple, nutritious breakfast that can be prepared in advance and served to the whole family. It can be stored for long periods too, so you can make a large batch in advance.
Bircher Muesli can be served right away or soaked overnight (this is my personal favorite). For some added goodness, and some healthful probiotic bacteria, you can eat it with a dollop of plain, probiotic yoghurt. This muesli contains no added sugars, is naturally low in carbohydrates, and will give you plenty of energy to last through the whole morning. Enjoy!
- 1½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup nuts such as macadamia, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans or walnuts
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ginger
- ¼ tsp. fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup Bircher Muesli
- ½ cup coconut milk
- Dash of alcohol vanilla (optional)
- 2 to 3 drops liquid stevia (optional)
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Plain, probiotic yogurt (optional)
- In a medium bowl or a container with a tightly fitting lid, add coconut flakes, macadamia nuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a pinch of salt, mix well.
- Store muesli ingredients in a container with a tightly fitting lid for a day or two to let the flavors develop. This mixture will keep for up to two months.
- In a small bowl, combine coconut milk, alcohol free vanilla, stevia and lemon juice.
- Stir well, then add muesli and top with a dollop of plain yogurt.
- For a softer texture, prepare a bowl the night before. Put a serving of muesli in a bowl and cover with the coconut milk mixture. Place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, enjoy plain or with a dollop of yogurt.
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