Swiss Birchermüsli

August 1, 2014

Yesssss…I made it…finally! The 1st of August is not only the start of my blog but it is also Swiss National Day (I’m proud of my roots – Happy Birthday Switzerland!). So what better excuse to start with a typical national recipe such as Birchermüsli.

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Thinking of this dish takes me straight back to my childhood. Mum would prepare a Birchermüsli every day for my Dad to take to work. On special days, I was allowed to accompany him to Zurich – an incredibly glamorous journey for a young girl! To make this event even more special I would get a Birchermüsli of my own.The great thing about Birchermüsli is that you can tweak it to your liking. Prepare the recipe up until the apples then add whatever seeds, nuts, or seasonal fruits that you fancy…the sky is the limit! The truly health-conscious can add flax, chia or hemp seeds. Whatever your final formula, it will be both nutritious and tasty.

Recipe
Serves 3-4

200g strawberries* – hulled
1 lemon – juiced
170g greek yoghurt (I use Total 2%)
1 tbsp honey
80g rolled oats
2 apples – grated

Suggested:
1 peach – cut in small pieces
1 handful blueberries
1 handful blackberries
1 handful strawberries – hulled and quartered
4 tbsp mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachio, pecan…) – roughly chopped
2 small handful dried fruits (mango, cranberries, raisins…) – roughly chopped
3 tbsp mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax, chia…)
date syrup – to taste

  1. Start the night before by putting the hulled strawberries*, lemon juice, greek yoghurt and honey in the blender. Mix until the strawberries are pureed.
  2. Pour the mixture into a bowl, add the oats, stir until all the oats are incorporated into the yoghurt. Cover with cling film and put into your fridge overnight.
  3. Next morning, take out the mixture, add the grated apples. Stir.
  4. Add the remaining fruits, seeds and nuts to your Birchermüsli.
  5. Drizzle some date syrup over your Birchermüsli if you like it a bit sweeter.
  6. Enjoy!

Tips / Variations:
– Add some whipped cream for a naughty weekend version.
– Exchange the fruits in the recipe (except the apples) with seasonal produce.
– Make it a fun event for the family! Prepare the Birchermüsli up until you incorporate the apples and have a all the additional ingredients arranged for the children to choose from.

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Print the recipe here: Birchermüsli Recipe

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Did you know? Studies show that people who take time for a morning meal consume fewer calories over the course of the day, have stronger cognitive skills and are 30% less likely to be overweight or obese. Further, people who skip breakfast are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke and they’re less likely to exercise.

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