Friday, September 7, 2012

Bircher Muesli


Wow. I just looked back over my posts and it's been a loooooong time since I posted a new recipe! Guess I've been livin' and stuff. Ironing all my camping clothes. Sorry about that.

So here we go. My new favourite breakfast/snack/dessert. {Yes, dessert. I'm that addicted.}
Bircher muesli.

I found this recipe via Neil Perry {online, of course}, but have cut the amount of honey in half and played around with different combinations of nuts/veggies/fruit/tea. I'll share the basic recipe and then tell you some of the variants I've created. 

Ready?

Here's to a great weekend!
Amanda xx


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Bircher Muesli
serves 4

The time
5 min prep + soaking overnight + 5 min prep

The ingredients
The basics
2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
the juice of 1 lemon, lime or orange
1 cup water or cool tea*
1/4 cup raw honey
2 cups plain yogurt

*I've used apple but I reckon green, chai, ginger, lemongrass, or chamomile tea would be AWESOME in this. Not all together. Pick one.

The extras
1 or 2 of the following fresh raw fruits or veggies, finely shredded or diced:
apple, pear, banana, persimmon, sweet potato, zucchini, berries
 and/or
a handful of frozen berries
and/or
a handful of dried fruit, diced if big
and/or
a handful of nuts and/or seeds*, toasted or raw, sliced or whole 
*I've used various combinations of sunflower, sesame, linseed, macadamia, walnut, hazelnut, almond, cashew, and pepitas.

NOTE: if you're using chia seeds sprinkle them on after serving. They soak up too much liquid otherwise.

The process
1. Combine the oats, water and citrus juice in a large bowl or jar. Cover and soak overnight. {You don't have to fridge it}

2. The next morning, add the yogurt and honey and whatever fruit {fresh, frozen or dried}/nuts/seeds you have on hand and mix well. Reserve some of the fruit/nuts/seeds for sprinkling on top when you serve {optional}.

3. Serve into bowls and enjoy! If you have extra you can fridge it for a few days ... if it lasts that long!

The cost
I've been making this with my homemade yogurt - and it's a great recipe for using up a batch that sets a bit liquidy. Or thickly. Whatever. The cost really depends on the nuts and fruit you add ... but the basic recipe made organically runs me less than $4 {or less than $1 per serve}. Positively happiness-inducing.

8 comments:

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said... [Reply to comment]

I love breakfasts that are ready to go in the morning. I'll bet this is fantastic.

Gijón said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, amazing breakfast!!
I was looking for someting interesting to change my routine and I think I could try with this one. Thanks!!

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} It is! Sweet bircher muesli dreams :)

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Gijón Hello Gijon! Thanks for the comment :). The best thing about this muesli (well, *a* best thing) is that whenever you change the fruit/nut/etc combo, it tastes different again. I haven't gotten bored yet!

katiecrackernuts said... [Reply to comment]

I can't get enough of porridge with banana - a little on the green side - and a dollop of golden syrup. But it's getting warm so the routine will have to change soon. Oh, and a cup of tea. What's breakfast without a cup of tea - made in a pot, of course.

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@katiecrackernuts Right on. A cup of tea, no matter how hot it is outside :)

daniela @ foodrecipeshq said... [Reply to comment]

This is the recipe I was looking for. Always buy the summer porridge at Crush in London, which is made with yogurt. Now I know how to make my favourite breakfast!

Sherilyn @ Wholepromise said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! I love the addition of the tea. I would never have thought.

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