Apple & Cinnamon Bircher Muesli


DSC_0440Are you stuck in a rut of eating toast or cornflakes every morning?  Well if so, I have something to brighten up your breakfast repertoire and inject a little sunshine into the start of your day!

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I’ve got a series of 4 brekkie recipes, 3 of which that are all prepared in advance and ready to grab and go in the morning:  traditional Bircher muesli, a breakfast smoothie, and coconut date bars.  Lots of balanced and healthy deliciousness to start the day well.

DSC_0409The final instalment in the breakfast series is banana bread with ricotta, walnuts, strawberries and honey.  A treat for the weekend that will look as beautiful in a brunch spread or as it will on a tray for brekkie in bed!  

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But today is all about Apple & Cinnamon Bircher  Muesli.  I’ve previously posted a recipe for bircher muesli on this site but, whilst delicious and still a favourite, it contains a lot of ingredients and isn’t nearly as quick to prepare as today’s version.

DSC_0421The Perky Blini (otherwise known as my 16 month old) recently went off porridge (and who can really blame him when it’s already 28°c here by the time he eats breakfast!) so I’ve been looking for something to alternate with that most exciting of baby breakfast choices, Weetabix.   

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It turns out that the answer to my search was a glammed up bowl of cold porridge (aka Bircher Muesil).  Since my recipe is designed to feed both toddlers and humans, it doesn’t include any apple juice (which some more traditional ones do) to keep the sugar content down, and uses quick cook oats which are more squishy than regular oats after a night of soaking.  

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But whether for a toddler or an adult, this is a delicious, hassle free, and healthy way to start your day.  Enjoy!

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This time last year:  Oops we were offline for a while…
This time 2 years ago:  Ottolenghi’s Walnut & Halva Cake
This time 3 years ago:  Pistachio, Yoghurt & Elderflower Cake

Apple & Cinnamon Bircher Muesli

Serves 1^

50g quick cook oats*
1 eating apple, coarsely grated
100g natural yoghurt
120ml milk**
25g sultanas
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

To make:

Place all of the ingredients aside from the cinnamon in a jar or container for which you have a lid and stir everything together well.  Put in the fridge overnight.  In the morning just give it a stir, sprinkle with a little cinnamon, and dig in!

In advance:

The muesli will keep in the fridge in a sealed jar/container for 3 days so you can triple the above to keep you in quick and easy brekkies for a few more days.

^ if you’re making this for a toddler then, obviously depending on how much they eat, this will make enough for at least 3 portions (my son eats masses and I get 3 breakfasts out of it for him).

* you can also use proper rolled oats

** you can swap in 100ml water or apple juice for the milk – the result with water is a little less creamy and with apple juice it’s sweeter.

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