Thursday, 1 July 2010

Bircher Muesli

I’m on a serious health kick at the moment and eliminating all kinds of junk or rich food from my diet. My body is in desperate need of some TLC, especially after the over indulging whilst my sister was visiting, she’s a total chocoholic and bad influence. Of course this is not suggesting I won’t be baking, my boys are looking forward to me getting back to baking those goodies and I will just have to live vicariously through them.

My hubby was in Singapore last month on business and told me how wonderful and delish this breakfast was that he had at the hotel, Bircher Muesli, which I’d heard of before but had never had the pleasure of trying myself. I decided that no hotel was going to outdo me, no matter how big and swanky it was. So I did some research and found loads of recipes but they were all pretty much the same concept and just demonstrated the ability to personalise according to taste. At the same time this type of breakfast is really appealing to my current health kick. After a quick trip to the supermarket last night I set about preparing for this morning’s brekkie of Bircher Muesli.

Hubby and I both enjoyed the results of my efforts (not that it was any real effort to prepare and make) and this is truly a healthy, tasty and filling start to the day that keeps the hunger at bay for many hours. The only change I would make for my own personal preference would be to soak the oats etc the night before with milk, as I found the apple juice slightly acidic to my taste. The beauty of this breakfast is the ability to personalise to your taste by adding your own choice of dried fruit, yoghurt, nuts, seeds and fresh fruit. You could even use honey or maple syrup for some added sweetness. If you’re bored of your regular toast or cereal and want to try something that little bit special then I would definitely recommend this!

Bircher Muesli

Serves 4 ( I halved the recipe)

2 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup of sultanas
Handful of chopped blueberries
1 apple, grated
1 cup of apple (or fruit juice of your choice)
3 tablespoons of yoghurt (I used Yeo Valley Organic Fat Free Vanilla Probiotic Yoghurt)
Handful of flaked almonds (or any nuts/seeds of your choice) (I also used sunflower seeds)
Chopped banana
Slices of kiwi (or fruit of your choice)

Put the oats, sultanas, chopped blueberries and apple juice into a bowl. Mix together, cover and leave in the fridge to soak overnight.

In the morning grate the apple and add to the mixture, then stir in the yogurt. Mix until all the ingredients are combined. Serve into individual bowls, sprinkle over some flaked almonds and nuts or seeds of your choice and add slices of your seasonal fruit.


Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream) said...

a must try!

Maggie said...

Great to see you back again Maria.
The Bircher muesli looks lovely with all the fresh fruit on top.

Lucie said...

I agree with Beth, this is a must try! - I get bored of Bran Flakes :) This looks really tasty. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your email, will be sending you one back tomorrow. Love Lucie x

Brownieville Girl said...

I feel healthy even reading the recipe!!!

Must give this a try.

busygran said...

What a healthy and wholesome morning repast! Will try this out soon. Thanks for sharing.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That looks great. I aven't eard of oats being soaked like this. I can imagine it is very tasty and filling.

Choclette said...

I used to eat this a lot when living in Switzerland. It was delicious but that's probably because they eat it with copious amounts of cream - oh dear!

sal said...

Which Hotel did your hubby have that Bircher Muesli, pls tell me please. I've been hooked to the muesli breakfast since I came back from Hong Kong, and now looking everywhere for it but it's nothing close to what I had in HKG, which was the creamier version like oatmeal. I just don't know how to get that creamy consistency like the pic I put on my blog. So far what I bought here tastes like crispy cereal even though they do tastes good. I would love to give the Bircher muesli a try =)

Catherine said...

Love this stuff. I make mine with the addition of lemon juice. It really adds something. I use yoghurt instead of cream.