Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County
A Swiss doctor, Maximilian Bircher-Benner, invented muesli in the late 19th Century for patients in his hospital. The original muesli was made with uncooked rolled oats, grated apple, milk, lemon juice and nuts. It was served at breakfast as a protection against a variety of illnesses. Today, muesli is still associated with healthy eating with many different recipes and variations available.
Cool and creamy — stir up a bowl of muesli the night before and enjoy as a quick, nourishing breakfast in the morning!
Ingredients Per Serving
- 1/2 cup oatmeal, quick or old-fashioned, uncooked (also called "rolled oats")
- 1/2 cup orange juice or apple juice
- 1/2 cup yogurt, vanilla or plain*
- 1/2 cup fresh, frozen or canned fruit (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, sliced strawberries, coarsely chopped peaches, etc.)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
* You may wish to add 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar or equivalent amount of no calorie sweetener if using plain yogurt.
- Mix all ingredients, except almonds. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Serve topped with almonds.
- The following raw fruits may turn brown overnight and are best added just before serving: apples, pears, bananas and peaches.
- Create your own version of muesli by adding different nuts, fruits, spices, dried fruits, flavors of yogurt, etc.