Bircher Muesli

muesli..

Were you able to see the lunar eclipse last night? I let my 7 year old daughter stay up to watch it at 10.01 EST. It was a beautiful starlit night with a stunning full moon. A treasured moment for sure. The next one is in 2010.

I loved, loved, loved  Bircher Muesli while growing up in Switzerland. Bircher Muesli was created by Maximilian Bircher-Benner in 1900. At his sanatorium in Zürich, a balanced diet of raw vegetables and fruit was used as a means to heal patients, contrary to the beliefs commonly held at the end of the 19th century. His theory of life was based on harmony between human being and nature. He was really the forefather of the raw food movement. Muesli consisted of yogurt, soaked raw oat flakes, ground raw nuts and fruits. No sugar was added to the original recipe. Fruits or dried fruits were used for sweetening. In Switzerland you will find fresh Bircher Muesli EVERYWHERE. In homes, shops, restaurants, spas and luxury hotels. It can be eaten for breakfast, as a dessert, as a snack or a simple dinner.

As I do not use dairy, I subsitute the yogurt with a nut milk. The consistency is different but I enjoy it just as much. You can use less water and make a thicker nut milk. I particulary enjoy walnut and brazil nut milk. You can also add probiotics to the nut milk and let it ferment and have a more yogurt like consistency. I also add ground flax seeds sometimes which will also thicken it. As the oat flakes we get are steamed and not raw, I replace it with sprouted buckwheat. There are so many variations possible by changing the nuts and fruits that you use as well as adding things like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, shredded coconut, cacao nibs,  goji berries, chopped nuts, mulberries, golden berries, raisins, fruit puree, maca, mesquite, lucuma etc.

So here is this simple Muesli recipe

1 cup nut milk (hazelnut, brazil nut, walnut, almond, coconut) blended with 2 dates

1-2 tables sprouted buckwheat groats

Chopped fruit and berries (banana, apple, pears, mango etc.)

You can blend some cinnamon or vanilla with the nutmilk for more deliciousness. Honey or agave can be used for additional sweetness.

Play around and discover your own version. Muesli is yummy anytime and anyway.

Have a superb day.

Fatma

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1 Comment »

  1. Yasmin said

    The first time I had muesli was when we were visiting you in Switzerland! Just loved it. Thank you.
    Yasmin 😉

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