Why Bircher Muesli?
Bircher Muesli is a Swiss ‘wet’ muesli created in 1900 by Dr Bircher-Brenner designed in particular to help patients with a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
Traditionally I believe this dish had a higher fruit to oat ratio, but for enjoyment and taste over the years the ratio has become more oats and nuts to fruit.
Containing grated apple, orange juice, oats, nuts, and yoghurt; Bircher muesli is a healthy breakfast high in fibre, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
Those who have tried Bircher Muesli will know that is has a specific taste that people normally love or hate, I think to do with the sourness of the yoghurt and orange juice. I make my Bircher with mango and orange juice, instead of just orange juice, which gives it a much smoother and less acidic taste.
I love Bircher Muesli and at risk of sounding like a T.V commercial- is a great start to the day.
2 cups rolled oats
2-3 cups mango and orange juice
1 granny smith apple, grated with skin on
1 cup natural yoghurt
100g sunflower seeds
150g slivered almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
Soak the oats and nuts in the mango and orange juice and grate in the 2 apples. The oats should have just a little of the juice appearing around the edges of the bowl. If it looks a little dry add some more juice.
Cover and leave to soak overnight in the refrigerator.
The next day stir in the cinnamon and yoghurt.
To serve add your favourite fruit such as banana, strawberries or mixed berries and drizzle with honey.
It keeps in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Stir well before serving.