My life consists of a lot of travels, which help me discover new countries, new cultures and, obviously – different cuisines. Birchermüesli or overnight oats is one of the things I had discovered while working in Switzerland and Germany. This Swiss origin breakfast meal is not only delicious, but also easy to make. Take a look.
Usually I don’t eat breakfast or eat it later than usual, because I follow an intermittent-fasting lifestyle. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t eat poached eggs, pancakes, yoghurt & granola, fruit or other typical breakfast meals. So this dish turns into a pre or post-lunch snack for me. Yum.
What is bircher muesli? It consists of oats, yoghurt (liquid kind), raw apples, a mix of nuts and/or seeds, sweetener (e.g. honey) and sometimes fresh berries. Basically, oats soaked in yoghurt plus some other delicious bits and pieces. Chopped or grated apples add moisture, light acid and crunch to bircher muesli. A light squeeze of lemon or orange juice is also sometimes added.
I like my bircher muesli best when it is only very lightly sweetened, therefore I only add a bit of honey. If you use rolled oats, it’s best to leave bircher muesli jars in the fridge overnight. If you use finer oats (e.g. oats for instant oatmeal), a few hours is enough, but I still think it’s nicer when you let the flavours infuse for a longer time.
Serves 2 | 1 teaspoon - 5ml | 10 mins prep time | overnight waiting time
- 40 g of rolled or instant oats
- 150 g plain natural yoghurt (liquid kind, NOT greek or icelandic)
- 50 g of unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 medium crunchy apple
- a handful of toasted almonds, chopped
- a few dried cranberries & goji
- 2 teaspoons of liquid honey (or more, if you prefer sweeter)
- 1/2 teaspoon of acai powder or cinnamon (optional)
Remove seeds from the apple, cut it into slices and then into very thin stripes. Mix oats, chopped almonds, dried cranberries, goji, chopped apple and acai/cinnamon in a bowl. Mix in yoghurt, non-dairy milk and liquid honey. Stir to incorporate. Transfer mixture into jars, close them and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, top with more chopped almonds and dried cranberries. I also sprinkled some acai on top + added a physalis and a slice of fig.
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Thanks for cooking with me,