Bircher Muesli

Christmas is just around the corner. This can only mean one thing: a lot of roast dinners, things with butter and sugar, and too many helpings of mulled wine. So in the lead up to Christmas, it’s probably a good idea to eat healthily and Bircher muesli is just that. Oats are full of fibre and magnesium and this recipe is a great way to get in your 5 a day.

The recipe is foolproof. And then comes the fun part: customising it and turning it into your own. Grate an apple and mix it through the muesli before serving. Change the fruit toppings depending on what’s in season where you are. Sprinkle cinnamon, chia seeds or sunflower seeds on top. Anything goes with this versatile and simple muesli recipe.

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I love berries, so this is what I used: blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Blackberries give a great tangy flavour that goes well with the other sweet berries.

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

a big mug full of rolled oats

200g low fat natural yoghurt

1/2 to 3/4 mug of apple juice

any fruit, nuts or seeds you like

Method 

1. In a container, mix the oats and yoghurt together. The yoghurt should coat the oats and become almost like a sticky blob.

2. Slowly incorporate the apple juice into this mixture. What you’re looking for is something that resembles the consistency of porridge. It should look creamy and wet.

3. Put a lid or cling film over the container and pop it in the fridge. I usually make this just before going to bed for breakfast the next morning, but about 4 hours should be fine. Putting it in the fridge for a while allows the oats to soften and the muesli to become creamy and delicious.

4. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving and give the muesli a mix. If it’s too thick, add apple juice until it reaches your desired consistency. Now comes your creativity: mix in anything you like (think grated apple, dried fruit or desiccated coconut) and top with your favourite fruit, nuts and seeds.

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– V

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