Bircher muesli was introduced by Maximillian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss physician who had a similar dish when he and his wife were hiking in the Swiss Alps in the 1900s. He served the “raw” muesli to his patients in hospital that required diets with high fruit or vegetable content.
Today, there are many variations on the muesli and it’s even available as a dry packaged product in supermarkets. Fresh fruit juice or milk is only added to the dry product and can either be soaked for a few hours or eaten immediately.By adding dried fruit like blueberries, cranberries or banana chipsmakes the muesli interesting andlifts flavour.Bircher muesli can also be prepared with coffee or chocolate, which is great if you’re not in the mood for a fruity breakfast.
The great thing about Bircher muesli is that it’s a very healthy and refreshing alternative breakfast or even snack food. The earthy flavour of the raw oats is incredible and it has quite a few health benefits. Oats, especially raw, is great for cholesterol and low inglycaemicload which means that you feel fuller for longer and therefor reduces cravings.
I like preparing it with fresh berries and adding flavours like lemon or orange zest, infused honey and nuts or seeds.