Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we’re always looking for new recipes to try. While smoothies and acai bowls will likely populate our Instagram feeds for a good long while, an old forgotten dish has resurfaced to offer these healthy eating staples some competition. We’re talking about Bircher muesli.

As a long lost cousin of granola, muesli is an healthy alternative worthy of recognition. Not only is it easy to make at home and perfect to take on the go, but it’s also packed with nutrition and health benefits. There’s nothing better than starting the day with a boost of nutrients!

Want to know more about this trendy breakfast dish and how to include it in your diet? We’ve got all the deets along with recipes from the Food Monster App for you to try.

What Is Bircher Muesli

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Invented in the 1900s by the Swiss Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients of his clinic, this simple breakfast dish has been around for a while. A visionary for his time, Dr. Bircher believed that raw foods were the key to good health and encouraged his patients to forego alcohol, coffee, chocolate, and meat. His controversial opinions on nutrition for the time tarnished his reputation, which may be why his muesli flew under the radar for a century.

Muesli has regained popularity in recent years, thanks to wholesome ingredients that stand out to our increasingly health conscious society.

Although his original recipe included condensed milk or cream, our modern take on Bircher muesli includes raw oats, nuts, raisins, and other dry fruit with the occasional inclusion of seeds and is best enjoyed with plant-based milk and fresh fruit.

The Benefits of Having Muesli for BreakfastVegan Gluten-Free Sunflower Muesli topped with raspberries

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Oats, dried fruit, nuts and seeds — Bircher muesli’s ingredients makes it a breakfast full of nutrition. Not only is it packed with B-vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium (if you use dried figs or dates), but it also contains amino acids and essential fatty acids. Here are a few of the ways in which Bircher muesli can improve your health!

1. Sustained Energy

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Having a bowl of muesli every morning will first and foremost give you a good dose of healthy carbohydrates. As you know, this macronutrient is a major source of energy and fiber-rich sources such as oats and dried fruit offer our cells the nourishment they need to help us focus and be productive all day without negatively impacting our blood sugar levels. Apart from providing our brain with a steady stream of glucose, the carbohydrates and fiber present in muesli also encourage satiation.

2. Promotes Good DigestionWoman with heart over her gut with hands

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Oats, the main ingredient in Bircher muesli, contain prebiotics. The good bacteria in our gut feeds on these type of fiber compounds which promotes their growth and improves our gut flora, an essential component in digestive health. Among other things, prebiotics help our body metabolize nutrients and prevent gastrointestinal disorders.

3. Brain HealthWoman with migraine headache

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The addition of almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, or any of your favorite nuts and seeds to your Bircher muesli also means boosting the omega-3s content of your breakfast. These fatty acids are responsible for the production of multiple neurotransmitters and are essential to our brain chemistry. Apart from helping us manage our mental health, getting enough omega-3s is important in preserving our cognitive functions as we age.

4. Ward Off Heart DiseaseRolled oats in the shape of a heart

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Thanks to its fiber content and natural sugars as opposed to refined sources found in store-bought cereals and granola, Bircher muesli is a perfect breakfast to have if you’re concerned about your heart. Oats and nuts consumption reduces high blood cholesterol and promotes healthy blood sugar levels, two factors important in preventing atherosclerosis.

Where You can Find Bircher Muesli

1. Seven Sundays Muesli – Bircher Unsweetened Apple Cinnamon – Non-GMO Certified, Gluten Free, Hot or Cold Breakfast Muesli {12 oz. pouches, 1 Count}Seven Sundays Muesli - Bircher Unsweetened Apple Cinnamon – Non-GMO Certified, Gluten Free, Hot or Cold Breakfast Muesli 12 oz

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This raw Seven Sundays Muesli – Bircher Unsweetened Apple Cinnamon – Non-GMO Certified, Gluten Free, Hot or Cold Breakfast Muesli {12 oz. pouches, 1 Count} is flavorful, packed with nutrients and perfect over some Soy Yogurt!

2. Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free Muesli – 16 oz.Bob's Red Mill - Gluten Free Muesli - 16 oz.

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Simple is just what you need sometimes! Try Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free Muesli – 16 oz. for a simple muesli that you can easily flavor any way you like!

3. Brookfarm Natural Macadamia Muesli, 12.35-Ounce Bag (350g)Bircher Muesli: The New Breakfast Trend to Try This Winter

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This Brookfarm Natural Macadamia Muesli, 12.35-Ounce Bag (350g) is made with all-natural ingredients and is rich in antioxidants! Try this version to top your smoothie bowl with!

Make Your Own Bircher With These Amazing RecipesChai Roasted Muesli [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

To make your own Bircher muesli at home all you need is rolled oats, your choice of nuts and seeds, raisins or any dried fruit of your liking. Once you have your ingredients, combine them well and add a splash of plant-based milk until your mixture is covered without being ‘soupy’. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Enjoy it for breakfast with more milk and fresh fruit.

Another alternative is to forego the addition of milk and bake your basic combined dry ingredients on a parchment paper covered oven tray at 300ºF for 10-15 minutes. Toasting your muesli will give it a deeper flavor and a pleasant, chewy consistency.

Want to try a creative take on muesli? We suggest making this Chai Roasted Muesli, pictured above. The warming flavors of chai are perfect to help you combat the winter cold. It’s also gluten-free!

We also recommend trying out this Caramelized Buckwheat Muesli With Fresh Fruit, this Sunrise Nourish Bowl, this Breakfast Bowl With Oats, Pistachios, and Grapefruit, and this Activated Energy Mix for a healthy nutrient-packed breakfast.

If you’re looking for more delicious breakfast recipes and trendy dishes to try out, we suggest downloading the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!


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