Sometimes, you get into a breakfast rut. Here, I am definitely guilty! I make up enormous batches of muesli, which I have with soy milk and berries nearly every morning. My muesli is delicious, and I enjoy it, but this week, it hit me - I was going through the motions with my morning muesli - I was in a breakfast rut! There have been bigger catastrophes, but I was inspired to immediately do something. Tomorrow, I wouldn't just eat my muesli, I'd be eating bircher muesli!
So what is bircher muesli? First of all, it's scrummy. And unexpected. Mixing your everyday, regular ol' muesli with grated apple, orange and lemon juice, just a dash of water, and leaving it overnight transforms it into a completely different breakfast. If you're thinking that it's going to be tart and sour, you couldn't be more (happily) wrong - the oats and other grains become soft and creamy - the nuts and seeds swell. And it's beautifully fresh and light - no heaviness. Needless to say, I'm a big bircher muesli fan.
Soaking grains, nuts and seeds before you eat them is also fantastically beneficial. Before you plant vegetable seeds, you soak them - by doing this, you're kick starting the germination process, and the seeds begin to release the nutrients they're going to need to grow into a plant. The same process happens when you soak grains, nuts and seeds that you're going to eat, not plant - they absorb the water, not only making it easier to digest, but making all of the fantastic nutrients packed inside more easily accessible when they're in your tummy. Another plus for bircher muesli!
In terms of the muesli that you want to use, I just used the mix I made up most recently: rolled oats, rolled quinoa, puffed amaranth, flaked almonds, whole hazelnuts, pepitas and sunflower seeds. Unfortunately, I was a very lazy cook when I made this, and didn't take note of the quantities - very lazy, Harriet! Next time I make a batch, I promise I'll share it with you. So use your favourite muesli mix, or only rolled oats (this is one of my favourite ways as well). My only advice would be to try and pack in as much protein as possible - oats are great, but add some nuts or rolled quinoa to pump it up even more.
Lastly, add to it how you will! Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries. Endless types of fruit compotes: rhubarb, apple, plum. Yoghurt. Honey. Dried fruit. And never enter a breakfast rut again.
This makes enough for three days of breakfast for one person. Bircher muesli stores wonderfully in the fridge, so you could double the recipe, and have breakfast for the whole week. Enjoy!
1 granny smith apple (or other tart apple), grated
juice of 1 orange
juice of 1 lemon
120 g / 1 cup muesli or rolled oats
Mix all the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add a couple of dashes of water, mixing. The muesli should seem quite wet - don't worry, it will all be absorbed. Transfer to an air-tight container and store in the fridge overnight. The next morning, scoop some out, and enjoy with the toppings of your choice.