Original Bircher Muesli from Verival
Bircher Müsli is, so to speak, the origin of all mueslis - the oldest and first muesli ever.
And who do we have to thank for this great invention? The inventor or discoverer of Bircher muesli was a doctor from Switzerland named Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner. Now you know where the name comes from...! Bircher-Benner was served the muesli by a dairymaid in the Swiss Alps.
The original Bircher Müsli is basically just oatmeal, milk and grated apple. Originally Bircher-Benner advertised Bircher Muesli to his patients as a healthy dietary food. We have reinterpreted the original recipe and used it to develop our Urkorn Bircher Muesli and the Verival Bircher Porridge.
Since we've talked and written so much about Bircher muesli and its ingredients, we thought you might like the original recipe to try at home. Here it is!
Ingredients for 4 portions:
- About 50 grammes of oat flakes (our Verival ones are made from premium-quality organic oats from the Austrian Tyrol)
- approx. 60 ml milk
- 1 lemon
- 4 apples
- 4 tablespoons of hazelnuts – you'll find these in the Snacks section of our online shop
- Put the oat flakes in a bowl and cover them with water.
- Put the bowl in the fridge and leave to soak overnight.
- Next morning, take the oat mixture out of the fridge and add the milk.
- Squeeze the lemon and add a dash of the juice.
- Then grate the apples over the muesli and stir them in.
- Finally, grate or chop the hazelnuts and sprinkle them on top.
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The perfect energy boost
Hazelnuts are an essential ingredient in all of our Bircher creations! Packed with calcium, potassium and phosphorus, they also contain vitamins B1, B2 and vitamin E, which is important for muscles and nerve cells. Thanks to their optimum combination of carbohydrates and protein, hazelnuts are not only perfect for runners and endurance athletes, but also great for helping your concentration.
Simply longer sated!
Oat flakes are the basic ingredient of Bircher muesli, and the ones in our Verival Bircher Muesli are made from an especially nutritious heritage oat variety. Not only are oats packed with valuable nutrients like vitamin B, vitamin E, essential amino acids, folic acid, magnesium and zinc; they also contain fibre that stimulates your digestive system and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. And did you know that oats are an ideal source of protein, delivering bags of energy to power you through a busy day or a vigorous workout?
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away!" Dr. Bircher-Benner was well aware of the truth of this old saying, which is probably why he made apples a key ingredient of his Bircher muesli recipe. Incidentally, the average apple contains over 30 vitamins and trace elements, 100 to 180 milligrammes of potassium and lots of other valuable minerals, including phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron. Impressive!
The original Bircher muesli recipe for you to try
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Our Verival Bircher Muesli can be enjoyed cold with milk, yoghurt or quark. Or why not use your Bircher Muesli to prepare a warming hot breakfast? Simply bring some water or milk to the boil, stir in the muesli, let it stand for 10 minutes – and voilà, it's ready!
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The possibilities are endless – just use your imagination! You can ring the changes by adding any further ingredients that take your fancy – how about fresh fruit such as bananas, berries or peaches?
Instead of water, try orange or apple juice. And for a vegan option you can replace the milk with any of the delicious plant-based drinks available. Just give it a go until you find the combination that works best for you. Have fun experimenting!