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Swiss (Bircher) Muesli

A bowl of Swiss (Bircher) Muesli
Swiss (Bircher) Muesli

In the serene Swiss countryside, amidst the towering Alps and pristine lakes, I find myself captivated by a breakfast that embodies the essence of simplicity and wholesomeness. It's a bowl of Swiss (bircher) Muesli, a dish that beckons with its rustic charm and nourishing allure.

This breakfast marvel begins with a medley of rolled oats, soaked to tender perfection in milk or yogurt. Fresh fruits, like apples and berries, provide a burst of natural sweetness and vibrant colour. A sprinkle of nuts and seeds adds a satisfying crunch, while a drizzle of honey ties it all together.

Swiss Muesli isn't merely a meal; it's a celebration of nature's bounty and the Swiss commitment to well-being. Each spoonful is a journey through layers of textures and flavours—a reminder that some of life's greatest pleasures come from the simplest of ingredients.

As I savour this dish, I'm reminded that food is more than nourishment; it's a reflection of culture and tradition. It's an invitation to embrace a slower pace, to start the day with intention, and to savour the beauty of the present moment.

So, let's raise our spoons and embark on a culinary voyage that pays homage to the wholesome elegance of Swiss Muesli.

Swiss Muesli Recipe for 4 People


- 2 cups rolled oats

- 2 cups milk (dairy or plant-based) or yogurt

- 2 apples, grated

- 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

- 1/4 cup chopped nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, or your choice)

- 2 tablespoons seeds (sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds)

- 2 tablespoons honey

- Fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

Preparation Time:

- Approximately 10 minutes of work - Marinate overnight if possible


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats and milk (or yogurt). Stir well to ensure the oats are fully soaked. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight for a creamier texture.

2. Before serving, grate the apples and add them to the soaked oats. Mix thoroughly.

3. Wash and prepare the mixed berries, then gently fold them into the muesli.

4. Toast the chopped nuts in a dry pan over low heat until fragrant and lightly browned. Allow them to cool, then add them to the muesli along with the seeds.

5. Drizzle honey over the muesli for a touch of sweetness. Adjust the amount to your preference.

6. Serve the Swiss Style Muesli in bowls, garnished with fresh mint leaves if desired.

Suggested Side Dishes:

- Freshly brewed coffee or herbal tea

- A selection of Swiss cheeses and crusty bread

- Yogurt with honey and almonds

Equipment Needed:

- Large mixing bowl

- Grater for the apples

- Pan for toasting nuts (optional)

Commonly Made Mistakes and Points of Care:

1. Soaking Time: Ensure the oats have enough time to soak in the milk or yogurt. Longer soaking time, even overnight, can result in a creamier texture.

2. Grating Apples: Grate the apples just before adding them to the muesli to prevent browning.

3. Honey Drizzle: Adjust the amount of honey to your preference for sweetness.

4. Customisation: Feel free to customise your muesli with your favourite fruits, nuts, and seeds. Swiss Style Muesli is highly adaptable.

5. Consistency: If the muesli is too thick, you can add a bit more milk or yogurt to reach your desired consistency.

Swiss Style Muesli invites you to embrace the art of a nourishing breakfast, to celebrate the simple joys of wholesome ingredients, and to start your day with a touch of Swiss elegance. Enjoy this hearty and satisfying dish as a testament to the beauty of simplicity in food. Guten Morgen!

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