Bircher muesli is a traditional Swiss recipe which is far superior to any breakfast cereal (no matter what the packaging says) found on the market.
# For a gluten-free option, use rolled rice.
# For a dairy-free option use soy yogurt or soy milk.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 lemon squeezed
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup fresh apple juice or orange juice
1/2 cup yogurt (sugar free is best)
handful currants or sultanas
handful chopped dried apricots (sulphur free is best)
(or dried figs, dates or prunes)
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
* a sprinkling of ground nutmeg
* a sprinkling of ground cinnamon
* 1 apple, without seeds, grated (skin on)
* chopped almonds or any other nuts to serve.
Night before breakfast – Mix the oats, lemon juice, the dried fruits and warm water together, cover and soak overnight in the fridge.
Breakfast time – Drain any remaining water. Add juice, yogurt, dried fruits, nutmeg and cinnamon and stir together.
Add the grated apple, and garnish with almonds.
You can stick to the recipe or – always keeping the grated apple – do as I do a rotation of fruits and nuts, my favourite alternatives are: dried dates, dried figs and dried prunes and Brazilian Nuts (they are, of course, very cheap here) 🙂
Living in Brazil I always add tropical fruits. Try this with mango and/or papaya and it becomes close to sublimity.