This Bircher Muesli recipe is a quick and easy breakfast that is packed with nutrients that will keep you feeling full until lunch. Nutty oats, sweet honey, and crunchy nuts make for one delicious breakfast staple.
Bircher Muesli is a Swiss breakfast staple that was invented in the early 1900’s by Dr. Bircher-Benner. He fed this nutrient dense breakfast to his patients and saw marked improvements in their health. The breakfast quickly spread as it grew in popularity, and is now a breakfast staple in many parts of the world.
Muesli is kind of like a cross between granola (LINK) and overnight oatmeal (LINK). Oats are tossed with various mix-ins, coated with a light drizzle of honey, and then toasted to golden perfection. From there, the oat mixture is traditionally combined with milk and yogurt and soaked overnight before being eaten before breakfast.
You can also forego the soaking and top it with milk in the morning and enjoy it as a cereal. The oats soften slightly in the milk, but retain their crunch, making a delightful – and quick! – breakfast cereal.
In this recipe, we add in toasted pecans and pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) as our nuts. Then we toss in flax seed and coconut before baking, and mix in dried apples, raisins, and puffed rice before serving.
The nuts add crunch and a deep nutty flavor, while the apples and raisins add pops of chewy sweetness. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it your own. If you aren’t a fan of pecans, swap them out for almonds. A raisin hater? Try adding dried cherries. Feel free to cater this recipe to your tastebuds. The power is yours.
Flaxseeds are one tiny, but powerful, food. They are a plant source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential to our health. These fats can keep our hearts functioning properly, reduce inflammation, and even help prevent cancer! Flaxseeds can retain their nutrients during the baking process, making them a great add-in to this recipe. Just be sure to purchase ground flaxseeds for maximum nutrient absorption.
Oats are another super tasty superfood. Oats contain a special fiber that can reduce bad cholesterol. This fiber removes cholesterol from the digestive system before it can end up clogging arteries in the blood stream. Oats are also the highest food source of manganese, a mineral that supports bone & skin health, controls blood sugar, and protects against free-radical damage.
This creamy, crunchy, sweet, and nutty breakfast will only increase your health.
Ingredients for Bircher Muesli recipe:
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup dried coconut
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup chopped dried apples
- 1 cup puffed rice cereal, optional
Directions to prepare a delicious breakfast:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread the pecans and pumpkin seeds out on a baking tray. Bake in the oven until fragrant and toasted, about 7 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- In a bowl, combine the rolled oats, coconut, and ground flax seeds. Mix well.
- Drizzle the honey over the oat mixture, and stir well to completely incorporate the honey.
- Add in the pecans and pepitas and stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture out on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Stir the muesli and bake until golden brown, about another 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking tray.
- In a bowl, combine the cooled muesli, raisins, dried apples, and puffed rice cereal. Toss to combine.
8. Serve your muesli with milk as a cereal, or soak overnight with yogurt and milk before serving.