Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Bircher Muesli

Muesli was invented around the turn of the 20th century by a Swiss doctor named Maximilian Bircher-Benner. He created it for his patients due to the nutritious nature of fruits, nuts, and grains.  Now we can buy muesli in a box and we just pour milk over it (like any other cereal) and eat it straight away.  This was not the intention of the original Bircher muesli.  Muesli is actually designed to be soaked overnight (or for a few days) in milk, or juice (!).  Anyway, I first had "traditional" Bircher muesli at Wildflour Artisan Bakery Cafe in Banff, AB (one of my top favourite places to eat anywhere) and fell in love.  Here is my variation of this delicious and nutritious dish.  There is LOTS of room to modify to your own liking.  It can be different every time you make it!  Fun!

Bircher Muesli

2 Cups rolled oats (or any combination of uncooked rolled oats, steel cut oats, spelt flakes etc)
1 Apple, grated (skin on)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup walnut crumbs/pieces
1/4 cup slivered almonds
(can use any combination of your fav nuts/seeds)
2 tbsp each chia seeds, hemp hearts,
1/2 cup diced prunes (or any other dried fruit)
Juice and zest of 1 orange
2 cups apple juice

Combine all in a large bowl.  Cover and store in fridge overnight.  Serve in the morning - will last about 3 days. Serve topped with yogurt (non-dairy if you want to keep it vegan) and fresh fruit.


Nutrition Info (for approx 1/2 cup serving)
241 Calories | 12g fat | 25g carbs (5g fiber, 12g sugar) | 13g protein.

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