I’ve been eating all sorts of things for breakfast lately, including many a dinner leftovers as well as hot milk oats. To switch things up a little bit, and clear out the pantry of quarter-filled packets of stuff, I had decided to make myself a batch of spiced bircher muesli.
Since I’m not a big fan of sugar, I only used seeds and nuts in my mix, but if you like the idea of dried fruit in your muesli, feel free to add raisins, sultanas, apricots or other dried fruit to the mix.
I also figured if I’m going for a bircher muesli because of it’s dietary benefits, I might as well make sure the ingredients I use are least processed. I opted for milk instead of the traditional fruit juice, as this way you get to avoid excess sugar abnd other additives often present in fruit juices. My yoghurt was pot set and natural – once again, the choice of flavour is up to you but I do prefer the idea of a pot set yoghurt – there’s no added gelatin or thickeners.
In terms of flavour – a good sprinkling of cinnamon and shredded coconut definitely makes up for the lack of sugar in the mix. If you like your muesli sweeter, add a tablespoon of Manuka or the Australian myrtle tree honey, which has been found to have the most antibacterial properties of any honey in the world, according to reasearch from University of Qeensland.
Spiced no added sugar bircher muesli
The general idea of the recipe is simple, mix and match whatever ingredients you have on hand: dried fruit, nuts seeds and let it sit in the fridge overnight to plump up. Enjoy with a serving of fresh berries, poached fruit or grated apple in the morning.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup pot set natural yoghurt
- 1 tbsp pepita (pumpkin) seeds
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp slivered almonds
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- a handful of berries or poached fruit to serve – I used frozen raspberries
To make bircher muesli: mix all ingredients in a measuring jug or a bowl. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
Divide between two glasses or bowls, top with your choice of fresh fruit and enjoy.