If you like your breakfast to be quick, homemade, portable, low cost, delicious, eye catching and good for you then read on. The breakfast in a mason jar food trend (#breakfastjar, anyone?) is breathing new life into the centuries old meal idea of muesli.
Muesli was popularized in the 1900s by Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner as a part of a structured health regime at his clinic in Zurich. The doctor was a big believer in the healing power of raw foods and created a simple recipe featuring raw grated apples and rolled oats that had been soaked overnight. While the original recipe contained more apple than oats, most modern muesli recipes use a higher proportion of oats and fancy it up with extra ingredients.
The beauty of muesli is how perfectly it combines modern interest in both healthy eating and convenience. I also love how easy it is to switch up the ingredients and make your own recipe.
Mix & Match Breakfast Jar Ingredients
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3 Step Basic Muesli Method
- Mix together 1 part rolled whole grains with 2 parts liquid. Cover and soak overnight in the refrigerator. You can add a small amount of chia or flax seeds to this mixture if desired. The mixture will start off soupy and thicken overnight.
- Top with fruit, nuts and seeds of your choice.
- Serve it, or pack it to go and enjoy!
Tips for the Best Texture
- If you like soft, smooth and mushy textures add the toppings to the grain mixture and allow them all to soak together overnight.
- If you like more crunchy and chewy textures wait and add the fruit, nuts or seeds shortly before serving.
- Chia and flax seed will thicken the muesli and add a soft gel texture.
If you prefer to work from recipes here are a few to get you started:
- Canadian Living Swiss Muesli
- Arielle Likes to Cook: Raspberry & Coconut Bircher Muesli
- Oh she Glows: Vegan Overnight Oats
- Jamie Oliver: Bircher Muesli
To make an eye catching muesli parfait in a mason jar simply alternate layers of the soaked grain/seed mixture with fresh or frozen fruit, nuts and seeds. Mason jar muesli is a perfect grab’n go breakfast (don’t forget to pack a spoon). It’s nutritious, easy, affordable; and family members can make their own to suit their tastes.