New healthy habit goal: every Monday, bounce out of bed a little early to kick off the week with a great breakfast. So far so good (since starting last week…). Paul leaves particularily early on Mondays, but so far this exercise is worth it as it seems to take the edge off the start of the week. That said, Monday breakfast has to be espicially fast around here. I suspect for you too.
I thought a little harder about this week’s starter because this Monday also happens to be our anniversary! But what to make at 6:00 am that will come together efficiently *and* feel a little special? As I was poking around, I happened to learn that Dr. Bircher-Benner, the man credited with the invention of the classic muesli, was actually first served the dish while on a hiking trip with his wife in the Swiss Alps. While we have not done any hiking in the Swiss Alps per se, we have certainly covered a lot of terrain elsewhere! It was between this bit of trivia and the make-ahead nature of Bircher Muesli that made this recipe perfect for the Monday Morning start to our anniversary. I’d say it would be a hit for anyone who craves a flavorful start that leaves you feeling just generally healthy and satiated via whole food, quality ingredients!
I did go a bit out of season on the berries here, but to me nothing says special occasion food-wise like red berries (and the blueberries were on-sale!) You could top with almost any fruit you like. This dish is cold – room temp, I can’t wait to have it with the bounty of summer fruits!
Before we dive in, a quick look at ingredients. This looks pretty traditional, so why is it called Modernized Muesli? Only because it takes the original recipe, developed around 1900, and modernizes it in the sense that certain ingredients like chia seeds and almond milk are now widely available foods. (I don’t know for sure, but I’d be willing to bet that if Dr. Bircher-Benner ever did encounter chia seeds decades ago in his native Switzerland as he worked to develop a healthy diet plan for his patients, they were not sourced out of a bulk bin.) Ingredient updates aside, the concept is entirely the same – soaking oats in milk overnight and adding fruit and nuts before serving. It is delicious and healthy, not to mention super easy and quick – it’s no wonder that Bircher Muesli is a classic. The ingredients below make two servings. Doubling all ingredients would work well to make four.
Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Kitchen Equipment: Measuring Cup and spoons, mixing bowl, grater
– 1 Cup Rolled Oats (Not Instant)
– 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
– 1 Tbsp Raw Pumpkin Seeds
– 2 Tsp Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
– 3 & 1/2 Cups Milk (I used Unsweetened Plain Almond Milk, Dairy Milk would work as well)
– 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
– 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
– Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
– 1 Granny Smith or other tart Apple
– 1/4 Cup Toasted Hazelnuts, Coarsely Chopped
– 1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries
– 8-10 Strawberries
– Before bed, measure out and throughly stir together all ingredients from the oats to the lemon juice.
– Cover and refrigerate.
– In the morning, uncover the refrigerated mix.
– Peel and grate or dice the apple and stir into the mixture to evenly incorporate the pieces.
– Spoon the mixture into two bowls over yogurt (highly recommended!) or on its own.
– Add the blueberries, hazelnuts and strawberries and dig in!