Recipe Review: When I went to Hopewood Health retreat a few years back I bought their cookbook, inspired to cook the food at home. Now, 4 to 5 years later I finally use it! I had a craving for Bircher Muesli and it just so happens to be the first recipe in the book! I hate sultanas but I didn't replace them with anything given that we're trying to watch our 'incidental' fructose intake and it already has 3 – 5 squeezed oranges in it. I've left them in as 'optional'
Cooking time: 5- 10 minutes plus overnight soaking Serves: 3 – 6 dependant on size
Preheat oven: No cooking required
- 2 cups rolled oats
- Freshly squeezed orange juice (about 3 – 5 oranges)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 600ml tub plain/natural yoghurt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tbsp honey (more or less to taste)
- 2 tbsp sultanas (optional)
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut
1. Juice enough oranges (we used our Green Valu slow juicer) to yield enough juice to cover the oats, you want there to be a smidgen of additional liquid sitting above the oats. Soak the oats, in the fridge, overnight.
2. Add milk, and yoghurt (1/4 cup at a time) until desired consistency is achieved.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well ready to serve.
- Strawberries, halved
- Raspberries, blueberries or a mix of your favourite
- Grated or sliced apple
- Shredded or flaked coconut
- Toasted almond
- A sprig of mint
I'm used to the Bircher Muesli my Mum used to make with grated apple, almonds, yoghurt and I think orange juice, which I love. But one of the things I liked about this recipe is that by not having grated apple in it, which starts going brown in the overnight soaking process, it seemed to keep better and look fresher for longer. Plus you can always add apple (grated or sliced) in the morning when you eat it!