Bircher Muesli: 2 Ways

I thought I would share a very delicious + healthy breakfast recipe with you, since bircher muesli is something I’ve been having a lot recently. The best part about it is that you can prepare it the night before, and it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar free.Chia.jpgInstagram, not going a to lie, has definitely inspired me to make these crazy, layered-fruit-berry-acai-chia breakfasts because they are #instaworthy. I know. But seriously, for some reason these layered parfaits are just so beautiful.  acai.jpgSo if you just want to make the bircher muesli and don’t feel like going that extra mile, that’s absolutely fine because it tastes delicious on its own. The two recipes I’m sharing with you are: muesli with a vanilla-chia pudding and berry compote, and the other one is acai-bircher. Chia5.jpgMost people like to soak their muesli in just apple juice, but I prefer to use a combination of milk and juice because I find it is a lot creamier. Then I usually like to serve it with grated apple, cinnamon, honey, flaked almonds and blueberries. acai4.jpg
Sorry for the delay, I know I was meant to post this recipe a few weeks ago but I’ve just been really busy with assignments and exam block. On the bright side, it’s better late than never.

 

Bircher Muesli 

Inspired by My Little Gourmet.

Ingredients 
  • 150g rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1  3/4 cups (420mL) soy or almond milk
  • 1/4 cup (60mL) apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 apple, cored and grated with the peel
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (maple syrup or agave if vegan)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Toppings: your favourite fruits, nuts, toasted coconut etc. (I like to serve mine with blueberries and flaked almonds)
Method
  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, milk, apple juice, lemon juice and chia seeds. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, add the grated apple, honey and cinnamon (to taste),
  3. Top with your favourite fruits and nuts. For more serving options, see the two recipes below.

Bircher Muesli with Vanilla Chia Pudding and Blueberry Compote

Use the bircher muesli recipe above,  following only steps 1 to 2. 

Vanilla Chia Pudding:

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup soy, almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients and refrigerate overnight.

Blueberry Compote:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
  1. Stove top method: Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. Stir constantly, until the blueberries have softened and mixture has thickened slightly (6-8 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Thermomix: Place all ingredients into the bowl of your thermomix. Set it to speed 2 on 100 degrees for 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate overnight.

Assembly: 

  • Thinly sliced strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Flaked almonds

Fill a small glass with the desired amount of bircher muesli, then spoon on a layer of blueberry compote. Place the thinly sliced strawberries on the side of the glass and fill with chia pudding. Top with blueberries and flaked almonds.


Bircher Muesli with Acai and Banana

Use the bircher muesli recipe above,  following only steps 1 to 2. 

Acai Smoothie:

  • 100g frozen acai puree
  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries or strawberries
  • 100mL (approx.), Apple or Watermelon Juice
  1. Blend the frozen acai, banana and berries together whilst gradually adding the juice. Add more liquid if needed.

Assembly: 

  • Sliced banana
  • Blueberries
  • Flaked almonds

In a large glass, layer with acai and bircher until full. During this process, place the sliced bananas to the side of the glass. Top with blueberries and flaked almonds.