Friday, September 21, 2012

Bircher Muesli

I've decided I need to be healthier - lately I've been having way too many 'easy' snacks and justifying it as a way of coping with stress. Which is silly, because I know that I need to stay healthy, especially in times of stress, so I've loaded up the pantry and fridge with healthy ingredients and have a big pile of recipes all set to try.

First cab off the rank was this yummy bircher muesli. I got the recipe a few years ago from R, a former colleague, who had it in a hand-written recipe book. (As such I'm not sure if she developed it or if she copied out the recipe from elsewhere - in my reproducing the recipe below, no copyright infringements are intended, and I give full credit where it is due.)

This was totally delicious and a special way to start the day, considering my usual breakfast is a slapped together peanut butter sandwich. (Not that I'm in any way knocking peanut butter.)  ;-)

Here's the recipe, if you'd like to make it yourself:

Initial ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/2 cup yogurt 
1/8 cup sultanas/currants
1/8 - 1/4 cup slivered almonds (I like to use the bigger amount, for more crunch)
sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon
Combine ingredients in a large bowl and stir until combined. Refrigerate overnight.

Secondary ingredients - use some or all:
1/2 apple, grated with skin
1/2 banana, sliced
handful fresh/frozen berries
passionfruit pulp
dried fruit roughly chopped
chopped nuts
more yogurt, if required
Add a combination of any or all of the secondary ingredients and enjoy.

I added the 1/2 apple, a whole banana and some (defrosted) frozen blueberries. Tomorrow morning I plan to use some raspberries and cherries. Yum! Healthy and delicious.

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