When I visited Australia, many moons ago, I stayed at the most amazing boutique hotel where I devoured my very first bowl of Bircher muesli. Prior to this I had never heard of, let alone tasted, this deliciousness. So many things about it appealed to me, what’s not to love about creamy oats with chunks of nuts and fruit. When I got back from Oz I use to make enormous bowls full of the stuff, intended for breakfasts but quite often they never made it through the night, poor things.
I recently seen a photo on Instagram of Bircher muesli and thought “Oh hello you, it’s been a while”. So I decided to revisit my old flame and it certainly did not let me down.
All last summer I made overnight oats and now I think what a fool I had been to have forgotten all about Bircher. It’s really so versatile and you can add whatever fruit and nuts you like, though I think grated apple is a must. Use whatever liquid that you like be it fruit juice or milk. Add yoghurt or don’t. Have nuts or leave them out. This is my favourite combination, I think you’ll like it too, but play around with what you have to hand and I’m sure you will create something equally delicious.
Bircher Muesli (2-3 Portions)
1 Cup Oats
1 tblsp Ground Flax
1 tblsp Sunflower Seeds
1 medium Apple, grated (I like a good crunchy Braeburn )
1/2 Cup Yoghurt ( Any natural flavoured yoghurt. Soya, cow, goat, it doesn’t matter)
4 Dried Figs, roughly chopped
1/2 Cup Apple Juice
1tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/3 Cup Toasted Almonds , roughly chopped
1/2 cup Fresh of Frozen Berries
The night before:
- Place the oats, yoghurt, apple juice, seeds, grated apple, vanilla extract, figs and cinnamon in a bowl . Mix together, combining well, cover with cling film and place in the fridge.
- Next toast whatever nuts that you are using. The easiest way is to put the nuts in a dry pan over a medium heat for about 5 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently so they don’t catch. If they have the skins on this can be hard to judge, generally once you can smell the nutty aroma they are about done. Once toasted let them cool a little before roughly chopping them and setting them aside for the morning.
The next morning:
- Take the oats out of the fridge and mix through your toasted nuts.
- I love to top mine with blueberries but any fruit will work. This time of year I buy big bags of frozen fruit, it’s much cheaper this time of year. Take your fruit place in a pot and let them defrost over a medium heat until they start to pop, releasing all their yummy juices. If they are a bit tart I like to mix through a touch of maple syrup.
It really is that easy. You may need to add a little extra sweetness,depending on your taste buds but I think it has more than enough natural sweetness in there.
Such a delicious start to the weekend x