Tired of having the same Omelets, Halwa Pori, French toast or Pancakes in your breakfast? Looking for healthy breakfast recipes for your family? Bircher Muesli (mu-zli in Swiss German) – a healthy bowl full of oats with fruits and nuts to uplift you like

Breakfast is the most important yet most neglected meal of the day. For most of us, like my husband, it merely means a cup of tea or coffee. I still remember how my mother would always keep emphasizing on having a filling breakfast before going to school/university/work.

Recently, I got to know about an interesting breakfast on a morning show. I was extremely excited about the concept and while exploring the recipe online, I got to know some interesting facts about Bircher Muesli.

According to Wikipedia, it is a Swiss breakfast, dating back to the early 20th century by Mazimilian Bircher – Benner, a physician, who developed this meal for his patients in the hospital. He believed that a balanced diet focusing on raw ingredients along with fresh air and exercise can improve health. Today, Bircher Muesli has become a national dish in Switzerland and can be found on every restaurant menu.

Muesli is simply made with rolled oats soaked overnight in milk or juice, the purpose is to soften the oats for easy digestion. In the morning, mix a spoonful of yogurt with chopped seasonal fruits and / or grounded nuts (dried / roasted form) forming a complete morning meal which fulfills the daily requirement of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Add honey or maple syrup to balance the sweetness.

You can tailor Muesli according to your taste and mood or whatever is available at hand. The best part is that any combination of nuts and fruits works with the oats. Therefore, endless variations are possible depending on your creativity and imagination. I created my Muesli with all the available ingredients from my pantry and it just tasted divine, even my little one enjoyed his introductory batch of oats.

Ingredients:

  •  Oats – 1 cup soaked in one cup milk
  • Honey bunch flakes- ½ cup
  •  Cream- 2 tablespoons
  •  Yogurt- 2 tablespoon
  •  Apple- ½ grated
  • Banana – 1 sliced
  • Honey- as desired (optional)
  • Dried fruits or nuts – raisins, almonds, dates, sultanas – 2 tablespoon (optional)
  • Preparation time : 5 minutes + overnight
  • Number of servings (yield) : 2

Instructions:

  • Soak the oats over night with milk, add enough milk to cover the oats completely.
  • Right before serving in breakfast, mix yogurt, cream, honey-bunch flakes, grated apple and banana into the oat mixture. And top with caramel sauce.
  • It can be refrigerated for up to a week at a time.

Fatima Ali

I am trained to be an IT professional. I served National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) for six years after graduating from the same university. As long as I can remember, cooking good food has been my passion and it makes me happy. My cooking lessons were a bit unusual though. Back in the day when digital did not mean much, my father would record cooking shows (knorr ka kitchen, kaukab khuwaja and Zee Khana Khazana – Chef Sanjeev Kapoor) for me to watch endless times later on, before trying the recipes out. I would make brownies and cold cake almost every day while my mother was asleep. This was my way of surprising her every evening. My mother cooks amazing food too and I have tried many of the recipes written in her recipe book. I draw inspiration from a number of chefs from televised cooking shows such as Late Chef Farah, Chef Rahat, Chef Mehboob, BBC Food, Masala TV, Chef Shai, Chef Sharmeen, Master Chef Australia and my ultimate favorite Chef Shireen Anwer. I would not be as good a cook I am now without passive guidance from each one of these.