They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
They also say that you should breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper but I’ve never been able to eat that much at breakfast time. I get hungry around mid-morning which of course is when the biscuits come out.
Izzy is completely different though and adores breakfast. She’d have porridge every day if she could Though time constraints and the seasons often keep her apart from her favourite bowl of oats though.
Luckily she’s fallen hard for Bircher muesli – the original overnight oats.
This basic apple Bircher muesli is really simple to knock up after tea and requires pretty much no work in the mornings.
Pour some rolled oats (the kind you make flapjack with) into a bowl and grate in two apples. I don’t peel them, preferring to keep the skin on, and just use a couple of eating apples out of the fruit bowl.
Add some raisins if you like but don’t buy them specially. Chopped up soft dried figs are also good, but do have a tendency to turn the finished result an unappetising brown colour. If you can get past that though then you have a very tasty dish indeed.
Pour in some apple juice. Add some milk. The semi-skimmed out of the fridge is just fine, though almond milk adds creaminess and makes it dairy free.
Mix it all up and pop it into the fridge, covered, for at least a couple of hours. Overnight is better though and as we’re talking breakfast much more realistic, who is going to set the alarm for 4am just for some muesli?!
In the morning the oats should have absorbed all of the liquid. If it’s looking a little dry then a splash of milk and a stir will sort that out.
Bircher muesli is very filling so don’t overload your bowl. Add a generous dollop of Greek yoghurt and some fresh fruit – blueberries and strawberries are good, banana will make it even more filling.
And there you go, a simple filling breakfast where you’ve already made good inroads into your 5 a day all before leaving the house!
Basic apple Bircher muesli - the original overnight oats. Simple to prepare, very tasty and a good way to make inroads into your 5 a day before you leave the house.
- 100g rolled oats
- 2 apples, grated
- 2 handfuls raisins, optional
- 100ml apple juice
- 125ml milk
- Greek yoghurt
- Berries or other fresh fruit of your choice
- Mix the oats, grated apples and, if using, the raisins in a large bowl. Pour in the apple juice and milk, and mix to combine.
- Leave covered in the fridge for at least two hours but preferable overnight.
- Serve with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit of your choice.
- Use within three days.