I have to say that I really like it when you guys email me recipes to try. There’s two reasons for this.
First, most of you are pretty good cooks (or on your way to becoming good cooks) and you have at least a few awesome recipes hidden away that are usually very unique and different from what I would normally do.
Second, you may not know this, but I’m actually fairly lazy and the idea of new, awesome recipes from readers just appearing in my Inbox always makes me happy.
So when reader Rachel (Hi Rachel!) emailed me this lovely Bircher Muesli recipe, I just had to try it out.
1) Mix oats, raisins (or figs), milk, and cream in a bowl, cover, and store in the fridge overnight.
2) The next morning, prep the fruit. Dice the banana, peel the orange and dice the segments, peel the apple and grate it.
3) Mix the fruit with lemon juice.
4) Serve muesli with fruit topping, yogurt, chopped nuts, and some sort of sweetener.
Planning is Important
This recipe is far from hard. Actually, it’s very easy. Maybe easier than making actual oatmeal because there’s nothing to cook!
But it does require a bit of planning. For the muesli to really work well, you need to prep it the night before.
It takes all of 2 minutes. I think you can handle it.
Rachel’s original recipe called for raisins, but I used some dried figs because my loving wife isn’t a huge raisin fan.
Just pour everything into a bowl, stir it together, cover it and stick it in the fridge!
If you’re using figs, chop them up a bit.
The Next Day
The next day, when you wake up, you’ll see that the oats have completely absorbed all the liquid.
It’s like a magic trick.
Now you can prep the fruit part of the dish.
You’ll need these things.
For the banana, just peel it, cut it in half long-wise, then dice it up.
For the orange, peel it and cut the segments into chunks. Nothing fancy.
For the apple, peel it and then grate it. The grated apple adds an awesome texture to the final dish. It’s a great touch.
Mix all these things together and squeeze in some lemon juice to stop the fruit from browning.
Other Add ins
Besides all that fruit, you can add in almost any nut in the world and any sweetener you can think of. I went with some sliced almonds and agave syrup.
You can either mix the fruit into the muesli or just serve it on top. I liked it on top with the almonds and agave and a good dollop of yogurt.
This is a really great summer breakfast if you like oatmeal. It’s cold obviously which is nice and refreshing on a hot summer morning. And you don’t need to ever turn the stove on!
If you’re eating this by yourself, this will feed you for a few days and it keeps just fine in the fridge for that long.
Give this a shot if you’re in a breakfast rut!