Written by Sophie
Oats are so good for you – they are a ‘clean’ carb and also contains protein, they are low GI so keep you fuller for longer and don’t give you those horrible energy spikes. Soaking the oats brings out more of the protein as well as making them easier to digest for those who have sensitive stomachs like me! So bircher muesli is an excellent breakfast choice, especially as it’s easy to make in advance and gives you a great foundation for the day ahead of you.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I don’t have much patience with recipes that have a huge list of ingredients, especially as it can be hard or expensive to find particular ingredients in Singapore. So, I have created a recipe for a simple bircher muesli (which I’ve tested on a few people). It is simple, quick…and acts as a good base for you to add more of your favourite ingredients. It is gluten-free, vegan, ‘clean’ and only uses natural sugars. I often make a batch at the beginning of the week so there is no excuse to have an unhealthy breakfast, plus this one is pretty portable if you take your breakfast to work with you.
Ingredients (makes 3-4 portions depending on how hungry you are!)
- 120g jumbo oats
- 1 small apple
- 1 bowl grapes
- 100g raisins (make sure they aren’t made with sugar or any additives)
- 600ml almond milk + water (I used 400ml almond milk, 200ml water)
- 1 tsp cinnamon (increase or reduce depending on how much you like cinnamon – this is a good amount to add flavour without taking over)
Other ingredients you could add:
- Seeds such as Chia, Flax, Pumpkin, Sunflower.
- Chopped nuts – I’ve had almonds in here before and they were delicious!
- Other fruits – banana, pear, blueberries, strawberries. I don’t find that tropical fruits go as well with this recipe, but that’s just my own preference.
- Powders – superfood powders like maca go really well with this! And if you are post-workout you could also add a spoonful of protein powder.
- Yoghurt or coconut milk – if you want to make it a little more indulgent and creamy you could add either yoghurt or coconut milk. I would save the yoghurt as a topper but if you use coconut milk it would be nice to mix in at the start so that the oats soak up the flavour
- Manuka or raw honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar if you want it to be a bit sweeter and indulgent
Grate the apple (you can peel before hand but I like to keep the skin for texture and all the fibre goodness in it) and soak the raisins in boiled water to make sure they’re clean and plump.
Mix together all the dry ingredients to make sure that everything is well combined and the cinnamon is evenly spread and has coated the oats.
Pour in the liquid and leave over night!
In the morning you will have a tub of bircher muesli ready for the week!