I started making my own muesli a few months ago, and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.
The idea conjures up an image of a wholesome, earth-mother type – quite intimidating when you’re a childless twenty-something who like vegan cupcakes a little too much!
But honestly, there’s really nothing to it. As long as you have a well-stocked health food store (or equivalent) nearby, you’ll have no trouble sourcing the ingredients. Better yet, there’s no complicated cooking process involved!
This bircher muesli is chock-full of my favourite superfoods, from goji berries to chia seeds. I adapted my recipe from Loni Jane’s ‘Flat Tummy Superfood Bircher‘ blog post – it’s still fairly similar, but I switched up a few of the ingredients until I found a combination that ticked all of my boxes.
I can’t think of a better way to start my day than with a huge bowl of homemade muesli. It gives me a ton of energy, improves my digestion and keeps me comfortably full until lunchtime. Plus, the extra vitamins and nutrients make my skin and hair glow!
Homemade Bircher Muesli
- 1 cup of buckwheat flakes
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup of goji berries
- 1/2 cup of dried mango, chopped
- 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup of toasted coconut
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup of sesame seeds
- Pour each ingredient into a large jar, creating a beautiful layered effect.
- Give the jar a good shake, and voila – homemade bircher muesli! It really is as simple as that.
The beauty of this muesli is that you can get as creative as you like when serving breakfast, safe in the knowledge that you’re consuming nutritious superfoods with every mouthful. I like to serve it with coconut yoghurt and chopped banana, but it’s equally as delicious sprinkled over an acai bowl or kept simple with almond milk and berries. You can soak it overnight to activate the seeds – this makes them easier to digest and increases the nutritional value – or eat it fresh from the jar.
This may be a little too much information, but this stuff really cleans you out. If you’re suffering from digestive issues then I highly recommend skipping the medications and opting for a bowl of bircher muesli instead.
So what makes this recipe so incredibly healthy? I’ll let you in on a secret: it’s the seeds. While a handful of seeds may look unassuming, inside that hard little shell they’re actually bursting with nutrients!
I recently learned that flax seeds and golden linseeds are exactly the same thing! I feel a little silly as I was originally adding both to this muesli mixture. Ground flax seeds are more easily absorbed by your body than whole, so I always reach for them if I have the choice.
Flax seeds are the best plant source of omega-3 fatty acids which are key to a healthy brain and heart, but the hormone-balancing properties of these unassuming seeds are by far my favourite benefit. I struggled with severe cystic acne a few years ago, and even now that my skin is healed I still get small pimples a little more often than I would like. I’m always on the lookout for natural ways to balance my hormones, and flax seeds are incredibly effective when consumed regularly. They’re full of phytoestrogens – natural, plant-based female hormones which work to balance the estrogen levels in your body.
If you suspect that your hormones are a little out of whack, try adding a spoonful or two of flax seeds to your daily diet. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Chia seeds have become super-popular in recent years, and for good reason! It’s said that the Aztec warriors could run on just one spoonful of chia seeds for an entire 24 hours.
Just like flax seeds, they’re a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids and are one of nature’s richest high-antioxidant foods – great for preventing signs of aging and repairing your skin from damage. They also form a gel-like consistency when wet, helping you to maintain a healthy and regular digestive system.
If you find yourself reaching for energy drinks or sports beverages, swap them for chia seeds instead – they’re said to be just as effective at providing you with energy, but without the refined sugars!
The ancient Chinese recognised the medicinal benefits of goji berries and used them to treat a range of ailments – if they’re good enough to be used for thousands of years, they’re good enough for me! These colourful little berries contain all nine essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine) so they’re a fantastic addition to your diet and have definitely earned their title as a superfood.
If your vitamin A levels are a little low, look no further than the humble goji berry – 1/4 of a cup gives you 340% of your vitamin A needs, boosting your immune health and improving your vision. All the better to see your delicious muesli with!
A study by Mineral Check revealed that 70% of people in the UK have low levels of magnesium. This is a problem when you consider that a magnesium deficiency can lead to insomnia, depression and a host of other health problems.
The solution? Pumpkin seeds! They’re a great source of magnesium as well as iron, zinc and copper – essentials for a healthy mind and body. If more people in the UK included pumpkins seeds in their diet, we’d have a much happier and well-rested population!
Remember how I mentioned that this muesli recipe really cleans you out? It’s down to the huge amount of fibre contained in the ingredients, and sesame seeds are a great example. They work to bulk up your stools and get things moving through your digestive tract – a little gross to think about, but incredibly important for your health (and comfort!)
Another benefit of sesame seeds is the fact that they contain zinc, calcium and phosphorous, making them great for bone health. Forget milk – got sesame seeds?
I keep a jar of homemade muesli in my kitchen at all times, and it never fails to impress visitors. If only they knew how easy it is to make! Well, I guess my secret’s out now…
Have I convinced you to try making your own?