Prep your breakfast for the week with this quick and healthy muesli!
I didn’t learn about muesli until a couple of years ago. I had been making my own granola for a while and I stumbled on some recipes for muesli. Granola is pretty easy to make but depending on your oven you might need to monitor it and stir it as it bakes. Muesli has all the benefits of granola without this hassle. You can toss all the ingredients together and lightly toast them in the oven or on the stovetop. Allow to cool and store for quick breakfasts!
The original recipe for muesli created a much different product than what we know it as today. It was invented by Maximilian Bircher-Benner. In the paper, “Dietetics, Health Reform and Social Order: Vegetarianism as a Moral Physiology. The Example of Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867-1939)”, authors Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen and Albert Wirz explain the philosophy of Maximilian Bircher-Benner. He had vegetables centric to his eating plan which was opposite of the thinking of that time, “his dietary plan, which promoted raw food and carbohydrates over cooked food and animal protein, i.e. greens and vegetables rather than bread and meat” (Meyer-Renschhausen et al 336). Unlike the muesli recipes that are common today (including this one) Bircher-Benner listed fruit as his main ingredient, “ the main ingredients in the original Müsli were not cereals but fresh fruit: 200 grams of apple per helping, with only a tablespoon of well soaked ground oats, some finely grated nuts for protein and fat, the juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk” (Meyer-Renschhausen et al 339). The evolution of muesli has included adding more dried fruit instead of fresh fruit, upping the amount of cereals and using unrefined sugar instead of sweetened condensed milk. If you want to follow a more Bircher-Brenner approved muesli add some grated apple to this recipe and be on your way to a great breakfast!
Makes 3 cups
2 cups rolled, old fashioned oats
½ cup almonds, chopped
½ cup shredded coconut
3 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp almond extract (optional)
⅓ cup dried cherries (or more), chopped
1. In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, coconut and salt. Mix to combine.
2. In a saute pan over medium heat add honey, coconut oil, vanilla and almond extract. Stir until heated and the coconut oil is completely melted. Add the oat mixture and stir constantly until fragrant. About 2-3 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool add the dried cherries. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Meyer-Renschhausen E, Wirz A. Dietetics, health reform and social order: vegetarianism as a moral physiology. The example of Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867-1939).Medical History. 1999;43(3):323-341.