Muesli is a powerhouse of energy and nutrition to jumpstart your day! Raw, whole oats provide the base for this dish. Then, fresh or dried fruit, seeds, and nuts are added. This is a flexible recipe, so I encourage you to experiment with different ingredients that you like.
This is a refreshing breakfast in the summer because it’s not cooked. But it’s delicious any time of year. Keep a selection of fruit, nuts, and seeds on hand so that you can make this anytime.
Fruit and Veggies as Medicine
Legend has it that muesli was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner. In his pioneering work in nutrition, Bircher-Benner believed raw fruits and vegetables had the ability to heal the body. He fed this diet to patients in his hospital.
One thing to remember about making muesli is that the oats take about an hour to soften and absorb the soy milk. If you like to eat as soon as you wake up, you can put the oats and soy milk in a bowl, and place it in the refrigerator when you go to bed. It will be ready to eat when you wake up!
Healthy Vegan Muesli
- 1/2 cup whole, “old-fashioned” oatmeal (not the “quick cooking” kind)
- 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk (or other plant-based milk)
- Couple dashes of cinnamon
- 1/2 apple, diced
- 1 tablespoon dried fruit (like raisins, cranberries, or chopped figs)
- 1/4 cup of raw, unsalted nuts (like almonds or walnuts)
- 1 tablespoon seeds (like pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
- Small handful of berries or banana slices
- Put the oats and soy milk in a bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator. Or, you can do this step before going to bed so that it’s ready to eat when you wake up.
- Stir-in cinnamon, apple, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. Top with fresh fruit and enjoy!