Ok, so everyone is carrying on about the New Year…resolutions, diets, goals, etc…For the month of January, it seems that this all we are bombarded with through social media and the internet. While I am not running down resolutions by any means and I agree that sometimes the new year is a great way to encourage us to reset, in the gain of a healthier and happier life. I for one do not go too out there with my resolutions. I think it’s almost a common goal for most of us to be a bit healthier, gain a bit of balance in the diet and exercise department and try to be a better version of ourselves. Which leads me to finally sharing my recipe on my family favourite Bircher Muesli! I feel better already for sharing and encouraging a healthy, wholesome breakfast! YAY! 😜
Without mucking about, I honestly am in love with this breakfast at the moment. I tend to go through phases with breakfast and up until a couple of months ago I was stuck on fried eggs and toasted sourdough bread with a cup of coffee. Now, depending on my savoury/sweet moods, this muesli has become my sweet fix. Although I have kept it quite light in the sugar department, you can always substitute the coconut water with apple or orange juice to sweeten it up a little. With a good drizzle of honey, the inclusion of raisins and these cooked pears, I really think it is adequately sweet for first thing in the morning…and I’ve got a dangerously sweet tooth!
The beauty of bircher muesli is that it is really open to adjusting the quantities of milk, water and yoghurt as you prefer. I like mine a little more milky versus my husband who prefers half the milk substituted with more yoghurt. Obviously, the topping options you can choose are endless and any seasonal fruits, compotes and nuts will make for an ever changing and interesting flavour combination.
My most favourite thing about Bircher Muesli is that it is mostly made the night before you need it and keeps for at least three days! This has no doubt saved me, in my morning frenzy, getting the troops ready for school drop off, so many times! Just a couple of big spoonfuls of bircher, a squeeze of honey and a scattering of mixed berries, and breakfast is ready! I love knowing that my family is heading out the door with a healthy, wholesome and sustaining breakfast. It will most certainly keep small and bigger tummies full till lunch time without spiking sugar levels throughout the morning. Oats are a brilliant and concentrated source of fibre and nutrients with an endless list of health benefits for all ages. I urge you to put down that cereal box and make it your resolution to starting your day with a much more wholesome breakfast, I promise, you wont look back!
Here’s to fresh starts, learning new things and creating more fabulous memories with our loved ones!
- 2 cups steel cut /jumbo oats (not porridge or cooking oats!)
- ¼ cup desiccated coconut
- ⅓ cup raisins
- ¼ cup flaked almonds
- 1 cup coconut water (can use apple juice if you like it sweeter)
- 11/4 cup whole milk
- ½ cup natural plain yoghurt
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 apples - grated
- 2 pears - peeled, cored, cut into ¼’s
- 1 orange - juice only
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 vanilla pod - sliced length ways
- 2 tbsp sugar
A mixture of toppings to your liking. I have used, pepita seeds, honey, and pomegranate seeds.
- In a medium bowl, combine all the Muesli ingredients and give it a good mix till well combined.
- Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in the fridge over night to soak.
- Top with your favourite fruity and/or nutty ingredients in the morning, including these cooked pears which you can also make the night before.
- Place all the ingredients for the cooked pears into a small pot and heat on the stove on a medium heat. Cover with a lid so the steam helps to cook the pears. If it seems a bit dry, add a little more water at intervals to keep the steam going and to create a syrup. Cook for 10 mins or soft to your liking.
- Allow the pears to cool before storing in the fridge. Use both the cooked pears and the syrup over the top of your muesli once you're ready to eat it.