This incredible recipe for vegan apple and chia muesli is a great way to start your day. It’s packed full of healthy proteins and vitamins, and tastes delicious too!
This breakfast dish, also known as bircher muesli, is perfect for giving you the energy boost you need. Read on to learn how to make this delicious recipe.
What Is Bircher Muesli?
Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss physician, developed Bircher Muesli around 1900 for his patients to consume as a small appetizer before each meal as a health treatment. It is regarded as the first raw muesli.
Bircher-Benner added freshly grated apple, soaked the oats in water or fruit juice, and served them with nuts and a little cream.
There are several variations available now, but they always include conventional oats and fresh fruit.
This muesli recipe is still a popular breakfast dish in Switzerland and Germany today. The recipe we have for you today takes it up a notch, with all the superfoods you need for a brilliantly nutritious meal.
What Ingredients Do I Need?
Oats And Buckwheat Groats
The other ingredients add texture and flavor, while the oats, a traditional muesli element, help soak up the liquids to create a wonderful creamy dish.
Although they are optional in this version, we strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with buckwheat groats.
Buckwheat, despite its name, is not a member of the wheat family and is classified as a seed.
In addition to being gluten-free, it is a fantastic source of protein and fiber, containing even more per serving than oats.
Another essential component that adds a bit of taste, texture, and fiber is apple. You can choose between red or green apples of your preferred variety. You can also use applesauce!
You are welcome to incorporate the apple with any other fruit you really want. Any type of fruit is a nice complement.
Along with the vital omegas 3 and 6, the additional chia seeds in this version act as an energy booster. They are one of the few sources of omega 3 from plants.
Per serving, chia seeds are a good source of protein, fiber, iron, and calcium. Flaxseed meal can also be used as a substitute.
Initially, apple juice or orange juice was used to soak Bircher muesli.
We chose to substitute these sugary and calorie-rich components with unsweetened non-dairy milk.
For added creaminess, mix in a dollop of plain or vanilla unsweetened non-dairy yogurt!
Mixed Nuts And Seeds
For this recipe, you can use any mixture that you like!
We chose to use a combination of walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds instead of the traditional hazelnuts, almonds, or walnuts.
You can also add a scoop of nut butter for extra flavor and texture.
How To Make
This vegan apple and chia seed muesli is extremely easy to make but will need plenty of time to finish. They are best left overnight so all the goodness can soak into the muesli and be super delicious!
- 2 tablespoons of rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons of raw buckwheat groats or oats
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, plain or vanilla
- Dash of cinnamon, to taste
- 1/2 large organic apple, green or red, grated or diced
- 1-2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup, optional
- 1 tablespoon of raisins or currants
- 1 teaspoon of almonds,
- 1 teaspoon of walnuts,
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin seeds.
- 2 figs, chopped, optional
- In a small bowl, combine oats, buckwheat groats, chia seeds, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, and half of the apple and raisins.
- Mix well, cover, and refrigerate overnight, or eat in one to two hours after it has set.
- Serve cold, or at room temp, topped with diced figs, remaining apple, raisins, and nuts/seeds, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and top with a little more milk if desired.
Store for up to 4 days when stored in the refrigerator, in a sealed container.
Tips And Tricks
- You can separate portions of your muesli in individual containers so you can grab your muesli and go!
- Add some sweetener if you find the muesli too tart. Mixing a teaspoon of maple syrup to your dish is a great way to sweeten your muesli.
- If you want your muesli to be extra creamy, you can add a dollop of plain or vanilla, unsweetened non-dairy yogurt before you soak it overnight.
- While this recipe is made with non-dairy milk, you can also substitute it with fruit juice for a super juicy breakfast food! Orange or apple juice works the best here (Also check out How To Make Apple And Beetroot Juice).
- For extra sweetness and more apple flavor, you can stir in some applesauce with your oat mix.
- This muesli tastes best after being left to soak overnight, however you can also make it to go in the morning. All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a mason jar, stir well, and head out! As long as you eat it within the day, it’ll be a great on the go snack.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Bircher Muesli Healthy?
This Bircher muesli is filled with healthy oats, superfoods, and fresh apples, so yes! It’s extremely healthy.
If you want to keep it that way, avoid adding too much extra sugar product, such as applesauce, maple syrup, and dried fruit.
For any additional add-ons try and stick to unsweetened products or foods with natural sweeteners.
How Long Does Bircher Muesli Last?
Bircher muesli can be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days before it starts to go bad.
There you have it! With this recipe you’ll be able to make an incredibly delicious and healthy breakfast of vegan apple and chia seed muesli. We guarantee you’ll feel great after just one bite!