There’s a good chance that every man and their dog has a bircher muesli recipe under their belts. It’s one of those things that many a breakfast aficionado has given a whirl at some time or the other. If you’re anything like me, the thought pattern usually goes something like; ‘I’m bored with my ‘normal’ cereal/toast/smoothies/eggs.. I need a change.. but what, what, WHAT could take the place of my previously loved morning meal?’ To be served up in this house, meals need to meet a certain number of criteria. 1) Quick to prepare 2) Toddler friendly and 3) Reasonably nutritious are the three keys. Luckily, bircher ticks all of these boxes with the added bonus of being made ahead of time. Genius!
After a rough few days (you can read more about that HERE) and some lacklustre breakfast offerings, I decided to whip up a batch of bircher on Sunday evening for the week ahead. We chowed down Monday morning and it got a double thumbs up. It tasted good, kept us full and provided a necessary protein/calcium/fibre hit to fuel us through to mid-morning snack time (we eat a lot in this house.)
There are a zillion ways you could alter this to suit your tastes, this is just a rough guide.
Healthy Bircher Muesli
- 2 cups muesli – I use Carman’s Fruit Free Muesli as I’m one of ‘those’ people who doesn’t like fruity bits in with her muesli goodness. This is also helpful for keeping the sugar content low as dried fruit packs a real fructose punch. This particular muesli has 3g sugar per 45g serving which, when mixed in with the other goodies you’re adding, would equate to even less of the sweet stuff.
- 1 cup natural or Greek yoghurt + another decent dollop to serve – I use Jalna Biodynamic Organic Yoghurt or Barambah All Natural Yoghurt both are full fat versions and both are DEEELISH.
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup LSA mix
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 grated apple – I don’t use apple juice, though you could if you prefer your mixture a bit sweeter. I find the grated apple provides just enough sweetness for me without the need for pure juice.
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp all-spice
Mix ins (you want to add these just before serving): sultanas, dried apricots, fresh fruit (my fave) and granola clusters (I like to scatter a small handful of Be Natural Cashew, Almond, Hazlenut and Coconut cereal over mine)
– Mix everything (except the mix-ins) in a large mixing bowl and cover with cling film. Place in the fridge overnight. Bircher us one of those things that actually gets BETTER with time so if you make a batch Sunday night, you’re looking at a delicious start to Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Over to you.. What’s YOUR favourite meal to start the day with? Please feel free to fill us in in the comments.
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