Birchermüesli, a cold porridge of oat, fresh apples, nuts, fresh squeeze orange juice and yogurt or milk, is the only Helvetic specialities (with chocolate and cheese fondue) that became popular around the world. It has been invented more than 100 years ago by Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a vegetarian nutritionist from Zurich city. He first named his meal «die Speise», which means”diet meal apple”, considering fresh apples (grated with skin and heart) as the most important ingredient of the meal.
For better result, the Birchermüesli has to be prepared in advance, ideally the night before. The oat will absorbs the liquids (from fruits, milk or yogurt), and give a creamy toothsome texture to the meal.
Also, soaking oat (or any cereals or nuts) in liquids overnight makes it all more digestible, which help the body in the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
The numbers of variants of this meal is infinite. Basically, you can prepare it with every fruits and nuts you found going deliciously well with grated apple and fresh squeeze orange juice. Try and see!
For my version of the Birchermüesli, you will need:
(vegan, vegetarian, wheat-free, lactose-free, kosher parve)
- ½ cup old-fashioned organic oats
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries (soaked in hot water)
- ⅓ cup almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk)
- ½ of a large grated apple (skin on and cored)
- ½ of a blood orange
- pinch of kosher salt or pink himalayan salt
- 1 tablespoon chopped almond
Simply mix everything together in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of chopped almond over, and enjoy!