Looking for a new breakfast idea? If you want to give yourself and your loved ones the best possible start to the day then home-made Muesli might just be what you’re looking for. This wonderful no-cook breakfast was invented by Swiss doctor Maximillian Bircher-Benner over 100 years ago. You’ll find this recipe really easy to make, although the oats will need soaking overnight to give them the best possible texture, so you will have to be organised.
This version of Muesli is less sugary than most shop-bought varieties. The addition of fresh fruit is what makes it such a delicious treat. The original recipe used grated apple, but you can be more adventurous than that. It is great topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries or whatever fresh fruit you fancy adding to your grocery list. It’s a great way of showcasing wild strawberries, should you find any.
- Rolled (flaked) oats ½ c
- Soaking liquid (milk/ apple juice/ water) 1 c
- Dried fruit (e.g. chopped prunes/ whole sultanas or currants) 2 tbsp
- Roughly chopped nuts (e.g. hazelnuts/pecans or walnuts) 2 tbsp
- Sesame seeds 1 tsp
- Fresh fruit (e.g. blueberries/strawberries/ coarsely grated apple) 1 ½ c
- Natural plain yoghurt 4 tbsp
- Honey (optional) 2 tbsp
- Soak the oat flakes and the dried fruit in the soaking liquid. Cover and leave overnight in a refrigerator.
- When you are ready to serve the muesli, spoon the soaked oats in their liquid into serving bowls and sprinkle with the chopped nuts, sesame seeds and fresh fruit. Finally, stir in the yoghurt and honey, if used. Serve immediately.
Why this makes such a health breakfast
For peak performance in the morning you want to start the day with the right combination of protein, fiber and slow-release carbohydrate. Home-made muesli gets this combination just right because oats are high in fiber and contain a compound which is known to lower bad cholesterols and to leave you fuller for longer than most breakfast alternatives. The nuts give you a good serving of protein and contain the sort of fats your body needs. Topping your breakfast with fresh fruit, nuts and seeds gives you a healthy burst of key vitamins and minerals. What a great way to start the day!