Fresh: For The Love Of Apples And Dr Bircher
This little recipe has so much going for it, I’m not quite sure where to start.
The main thing is that it really showcases my favourite thing apples. I’m constantly cooking with different apple varieties and love them all.
Secondly, bircher muesli is seriously good for you; according to nutritionists and the main man behind this recipe, Dr Max Bircher (1867-1939), soaking the muesli makes it much easier to digest and the grated raw apple does terrific thing for our tummies.
And the third big drawcard is the convenience factor. I often make up a big batch of this recipe on Sunday night, spoon it into little glass jars and pop it in the fridge. This small bit of effort rewards me with a stash of healthy, yummy breakfasts ready to eat – talk about convenience food!
Lastly of course; bircher muesli is absolutely delicious!
If your kids are into bircher muesli (and I find that the older ones generally are), you could even pack them a pot for morning tea. My children (2 and 4) prefer crunchy breakfasts like granola but they are (slowly) coming round to this one too. And that’s only because I now present their bircher muesli in cute little glass jars with a smiley face label. Presentation is everything!
Bircher muesli base recipe (makes 4 cups)
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cup apple juice
1 cup natural (Greek) yoghurt
1/2 cup of craisins, sultanas or chopped dried apricots
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Granny Smith apples, grated (skin on)
1 cup toasted hazelnuts (roughly chopped)
Combine the rolled oats, juice, yoghurt, dried fruit, and cinnamon in a bowl and stir to combine. Add the grated apple and spoon into your glass jars or small (1 or 1/2 cup capacity) plastic containers.
Serve sprinkled with the toasted hazlenuts or other seasonal fruit and nuts (see suggestions below)
Other fresh Bircher ideas..!
- fresh raspberries and toasted crushed walnuts
- poached pears or quinces and flaked almonds
- LSA mixture and fresh blueberries
Are you a fan of Bircher muesli? Do you like fruity breakfasts like this? Do you have any other good Bircher tips you’d like to share?!
This post is part of the Coles Fresh and Real story. Fresh food to inspire.