This week has been a rather long and tiring one – the good news is, I’ve just started a full-time job; the bad, is that with work plus an added three hours of travel time daily, I am left with barely any time in the kitchen. I can already feel my fingers are already getting itchy to cook something.
Making this quick Bircher Muesli is my version of therapy, when I’ve had an awful day and need to clear my head. I love standing at the kitchen counter grating apples and juicing oranges at 11pm, and thinking to myself – tomorrow will be better. And I know that it will, because I’ll get to start the day with a fantastic breakfast that’s ready the moment I wake up.
Bircher Muesli is a traditional Swiss recipe of soaked oats, and is way better than any sort of muesli that you can buy at the supermarket. It’s completely natural, and is perfect for detoxing your system after a big dinner the night before. There’s infinite variations to it – the original recipe was just grated apple and a spoon of oats! – but I tend to add lots of other stuff just to up the nutrient factor a little bit. This recipe is enough for 2 big serves, and takes you about 15 minutes to throw together. One serve of this will last you way past lunch!
Stef’s Tomorrow Will Be Better Bircher Muesli
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup steel-cut oats
2 small apples
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
½ cup Greek yogurt (I used Mundella’s Greek Honey yogurt for extra sweetness)
1 cup frozen raspberries or blueberries
Ground flaxseed, roasted hazelnuts, and fresh fruits to serve
Grate the apples into a container, and combine with the oats (you can use a whole cup of rolled oats, but I used some steel-cut oats to gives it a range in texture), orange juice, and frozen berries.
Toss in other fresh or dried fruit you have on hand – I threw in kiwi, bananas, and goji berries. Add some milk or juice if mixture looks too thick.
Cover and chill overnight to let the oats plump up.
To serve, divide into bowls (or eat straight outta the container!) and top with a tablespoon of flaxseed, roughly chopped hazelnuts, and more fresh fruits if you want.Enjoy with a pot of light tea. Can you feel your day getting better already?