Bircher muesli is a type of muesli soaked overnight, to be enjoyed fresh the next day. With its easy-to-digest texture, it has all the comfort of traditional oats, while simultaneously being nice and light - perfect for warmer weather!
Bircher muesli aka the original overnight oats. Overnight oats before they became groovy and hip with it.
Kidding, I adore overnight oats, as I do a good bircher. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also super speedy to prep in the morning, with most of the work done the night before. This makes them perfect on mornings that you don’t have much time to dedicate to breakfast, and need to get out the door pronto!
Historically, bircher was introduced by Swiss Physcican Maximailian Bircher-Benner in the 1900’s for his hospital patients and, get this, was the first documented ‘muesli’ ever.
In its infancy, it was originally a concoction of soaked oats, grated apple, nuts, a little lemon juice and splash of cream; with the ratio being in favour of more ‘fruit’ than ‘grain’ – the original recipe had just one tablespoon of oats to a whole grated apple!
The version below differs from the original recipe, but has much the same context – it’s still soaked overnight and still contains oats and fresh fruit.
I’ve made a few subs and changes – more oats, probiotic-rich yoghurt instead of cream, and the introduction of nourishing fat sources, like chia seeds, linseeds and coconut, to help keep you feeling full for longer.
In general, soaking muesli isn’t a prerequisite for eating it – however some grains and seeds may have increased nutrient availability and digestibility when softened by soaking, which has nutritional advantage. In the case of bircher muesli, it’s always soaked for this purpose.
I ran the numbers, and each serving has a little over 17g dietary fibre per serving – phwoooor that’s decent! Your gut will be stoked.
Current dietary fibre daily recommendations sit at 25-30g for adults (25g for females/30g for males in NZ) – so a bowl of this will help you leap bounds towards that.
Fibre is an indigestible part of carbohydrate-rich foods, and is typically synonymous with keeping us ‘regular’. Like an internal broomstick, it passes through our digestive system helping to speed the passage of waste – but it also has a whole lot of other benefits, like assisting blood sugar level regulation (slowing the absorption of sugars), feeding our gut bugs who in turn will do handy internal biological work for us, helping to keep us feeling full for longer and softening our stools making them easier to pass (gross, but great!).