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How to Prepare Swiss Muesli

I found some time to spend in the kitchen last month to try out different recipes for homemade cereal. As I'm currently considered an Auslandschweizerin (Swiss abroad) I'm missing out on the wide selection of breakfast cereals offered in Swiss supermarkets, especially variants without sugar and reasonable prices. And honestly, what is breakfast without a muesli?

What is Müesli?

Müesli was invented by Swiss physician Bircher  around 1900. Thus, in Switzerland we call cereal mixed with fruit and cream or yoghurt a Bircher-müesli. It was and is considered a healthy dish,  perfect for starting your day (or at least mine) and is still very popular in Switzerland. Some of us even like to eat it for lunch or dinner.

There are many different varieties and flavors available in stores but you'll only get your absolute favorite only if you make a batch of your own cereal. I use a basic recipe for muesli and the add whatever I'm in the mood for.

Basic Cereal Recipe for a Swiss Müesli

2 cups oat meal
1 cup ingredients of your choice*
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp liquid honey
1/4 cup honey

Mix everything in a bowl until dry ingredients are covered with honey and oil. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 170 Celsius. Turn over half way. Let it cool and place in airtight container so it won't loos it's crispy-ness!

 Ideas for ingredients of your choice
  • nuts: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, brazil nuts, etc.
  • dried fruit: raisins, apricot, apples, banana, coconut, etc.
  • seeds: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, etc.
  • spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc.

Muesli with fresh fruit and yoghurt



  1. I usually soak the oats in lemon juice overnight, then add fruit (sliced grapes, strawberries, shredded green apple etc), sliced toasted almonds and or chopped walnuts, and mix in yogurt (non-fat and sugar free)right before eating. It's a great mason jar breakfast for on the go!


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