I was eating Muesli religiously every morning, topped with a dollop of yogurt. Then I got pregnant, and I found it not very palatable, so I turned to porridge. 1 cup quick oats, 1cup milk, microwaved for 2 minutes, with a squirt of maple syrup on top. Yum. My favourite breakfast. Warm, palatable, simple and slightly sweet.
But I’m 5 months pregnant. That’s a long time to have been eating only porridge for breakfast! So I decided to make a little change.
We fell in love with Bircher muesli in Bali in 2005. We returned from the trip and I was obsessed with the stuff. It involved cinnamon sticks and apple juice. So good. A few years ago Monte made Bircher Muesli every day. I can’t remember his recipe but it was so delicious, with a mixture of fresh and dried fruits and nuts, yogurt… It was so good.
Enter another phase of Bircher muesli. When dinner is done and the cleaning up is finished, whilst children are getting ready for bed, I like to make up the Bircher muesli for the following morning or two. I have a simple recipe, and then add a variety of fruit and nuts as well.
2 cup rolled/quick oats
1 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup wheat bran
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
3 cups milk
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 grated apple
1 – 1 1/2 cups of a combination of the following: sultanas; chopped macadamias, almonds, walnuts; dried cranberries; chopped dried apricots, dates, prunes; extra grated fruit eg pears.
Mix all ingredients. Leave to soak in the fridge overnight.
To serve, you might like to stir in some apple juice and/or top it with some yogurt, fruit and/or honey. I like mine just as it is.
This is a big quantity. I make it in a 2kg Greek yogurt bucket. It almost fills the bucket and feeds a few people.