I’ve said it many times, but breakfast really is my favourite meal of the day. I can never understand people who skip it or don’t wake up hungry for it. One of my favourite breakfasts in the summertime is Bircher Muesli (also called Swiss muesli). I had it first in India a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. Bircher muesli is so easy and delicious, you can prepare it the night before and it’s ready for you in the morning. It’s packed with fibre, protein, good fats and vitamins… so don’t be surprised if you have a pep in your step!
You soak the oats, dried fruit and nuts in juice over night, and add grated apple, fresh fruit and yoghurt before you eat it the next morning. I always soak my oats in milk or water instead of juice as I don’t like mine too sugary, but traditionally apple juice is used. Also about 1/2 an apple per portion is usually used but I use a full apple in mine. If you don’t like cinnamon or mixed spice, just leave them out. When I first had it in India it was extremely decadent, as they stirred in thick coconut milk instead of yoghurt and it was delicious. I do this sometimes if I’m making it for others.
I made it recently for my parents on a trip down to West Cork. It was the perfect thing to set us up for the days as we walked around Barleycove beach. Give this a go and you will be addicted!
Ingredients (serves 1):
1/2 cup of oats (jumbo rolled oats, progress oats don’t work great here)
1 tbsp mixed seeds/nuts
1 tbsp chopped dried fruit (I like apricots in this)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1 apple grated or sliced into matchsticks using a mandolin
1/2 cup apple juice/milk/water
1/2 cup greek yogurt (I always use Glenisk as it’s creamiest)
Handful raspberries (to serve)
1 banana chopped (to serve)
1. Mix together the oats, seeds/nuts, spices and dried fruit. Add in the juice/water or milk (whatever your preference) until all the oats are just coated and soft… not swimming as you don’t want it mushy.
2. The next morning add in the grated apple (you can do this the night before too if you’re time poor in the mornings), stir in the Greek yoghurt until all is coated nicely in yoghurt.
3. Serve with fresh berries and fruit. You can garnish with a drizzle of honey and flaked almonds if you have them to hand.