As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and making breakfast a wholesome, nourishing meal like bircher muesli is sure to keep you going.
Many of my clients ask me what is a good alternative to porridge in Summer and I have 2 main answers 1. Natural muesli and 2. Bircher muesli, and this is because they both contain oats, which are full of fibre, vitamins and minerals and they are low glycemic index, so have less of an impact on blood sugar levels and provide a greater satisfaction than something like a flaky cereal. When making a batch, portion out the same amount of oats you would if you were making porridge – I recommend about 1/3 cup raw oats per person, which once soaked would become about 2/3 cup.
Traditionally, a bircher muesli is made with apple juice or similar to soak overnight, but I personally think that it is too sweet made with juice and it just provides excess sugar that is not needed as you can get the flavour from spices, yoghurt and fresh fruit.
Of late, I have been having a bit of a struggle with finding something that the kids will consistently eat well and in a timely manner for breakfast, but 3 days in and bircher is still looking good. Marks is gone literally in a couple of minutes and he asks for more, and Claire does pretty well also.
A normal muesli can get a bit boring day in day out, so why not mix it up every now and then. Bircher takes a little bit more planning and preparation than normal muesli, but it is well worth it. And the best thing is that it can become a different breakfast with the simple substitution of different spices, nuts, fresh fruit or yoghurt that is added. My favourite topping is 1-2 dessert spoons of natural yoghurt, stewed peaches (with a little bit of rosewater added) and 1 tbs of mixed nuts and seeds. I usually toast up a combination of sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas and shredded coconut and add about 1 tbs to my bowl in the morning. These will keep well in an airtight container indefinitely.
- 2 cups traditional rolled oats
- 2 apples or pears, peeled and grated
- 1 tbs cinnamon (or mixed spice)
- 1/2 cup sultanas
- Natural yoghurt to serve
- Toasted nuts, seeds and shredded coconut, to serve
- Fresh fruit, to serve
The night before:
- Place oats, cinnamon and sultanas into a ceramic bowl and mix to combine.
- Add grated apple or pear and mix. Add enough water so that it just comes to the top of the oats and mix well to combine.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- This will keep for about 4-5 days in the fridge. The apple will start to go brown, but to prevent this, you can add the juice of 1/2 a lemon into the mix.
In the morning:
- Portion out about 2/3 cup of bircher muesli mix into a bowl.
- Top with 2 dessertspoons of yoghurt.
- Add fruit of your choice (I like fresh berries or stewed stone fruit).
- Sprinkle with ~ 1 tbs of toasted nuts, seeds and coconut.