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November 11, 2021

"Why is it so creamy?"

"No milk. Really?"


With curiosity and disbelief, many people give me these comments when I tell them that they actually eat a vegan version of  birchermuesli.


None of the reactions have surprised me. I also always thought that making theauthentic Birchermuesli - which I have been eating since moving to Switzerland - would not be possible without the usual cow's milk or yoghurt. But thanks to the phenomenal development of plant-based products we have these days, it is possible to make a vegan version of anything, including a bowl of Birchermuesli.

a bowl of vegan birchermuesli on a white tablecloth

This birchermuesli is very versatile because it is:

  • Vegan
  • Lactose-free
  • Can be made gluten-free or nut-free
  • Creamy, delicious
  • Easy to prepare the day before


Just in case you haven't made it yet: It's a lot easier than you thought. Let's take a look at the ingredients, instructions, toppings, variations and tips.

Ingredients

(for 2 servings)


100 g oatmeal

1 apple, cut into small cubes

170 ml cashew milk

150 ml oat-based yoghurt

3 tablespoons chopped almonds

2 tablespoons maple syrup

ingredients for vegan birchermuesli

Instructions

Simple. Mix all ingredients, cover and let sit in the fridge overnight. Serve the next day with your favorite toppings.

muesli soaked in a bowl of milk

Toppings


25 g blueberries

25 g raspberries

25 g strawberries (sliced)

30 g banana (sliced)

various berries and fruit

Variations


Oats


If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, choose gluten-free oats. If for some reason you don't want to eat oats or want to try something different, useQuinoa, buckwheat, or amaranth.



Milk


Cashew milk or anotherNut milk like almond, hazelnut, or macadamia milk have a creamy consistency that's good if you want a thick, creamy bircher cereal. But of course, you can also use plant-based drinks made from soy, quinoa, or rice. Coconut milk can be a little strong in flavor, but again, it's subjective taste, choose what you're in the mood for.

a glass of milk next to soya beans

Yogurt


In Switzerland there are more and morevegan yoghurts to buy in the shops. They are made with soy, coconut or oats. The latter is recommended for this Birchermuesli as it is neutral in taste and creamy, but again that depends on your preferences. Whatever you choose, try to use unsweetened varieties.


Toppings

Now comes the fun part. Because when it comes to topping your bircher cereal, there isn't really a rule. Everyone has their own preferences for this sweet, healthy bite. Besides the usual fruits likestrawberries, blueberries and raspberries. you can also add other fresh fruits like dates, pomegranates, grapes, and goji berries. Are you a fan of dried fruits? Try sultanas or cranberries.

kiwi apple with foodbackground


Nuts


In addition to almonds, pecans, walnuts or pistachios are also good options. If you don't likenuts nuts, you can replace them withSeeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, sesame or chia seeds instead.


a spoon of toasted chopped almonds

Tips:


  • Toast the nuts, seeds or flakes to release their flavor.
  • Sprinkle coconut flakes or cinnamon powder on top if you're craving some extra flavor.
  • You can store the muesli in the fridge for 3-4 days. Prepare it the night before and serve it the next day.
  • Other vegan sweeteners include agave syrup, vegan honey, or molasses.
  • If your granola seems too runny, don't panic. Over time, the oatmeal will naturally thicken. You can add more liquid the next day if needed.



a bowl of vegan birchermuesli from the side

Swiss Birchermuesli is a super healthy, nutrient-dense breakfast or snack. It's sweet, rich and comforting. It's fun to make it yourself because you have the freedom to decide what goes in the bowl. And as you can see, it's also easier than you think.


Have you ever made your own vegan birchermuesli? What do you put in it?


Text and photos: Kathy Münster, Freelance Content Designer from Zurich.


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