If I want to feel particularly virtuous, I make sure that I am totally prepared for the day ahead the night before: the gym bag is packed for that commitment to the gym after work, the house is spotlessly cleaned, lunches are packed, and I have committed to a day of healthy eating by preparing a healthy and satisfying breakfast before I have even gone to bed! My Pear and Berry Bircher ticks all the boxes – healthy, nutritious, delicious and made in under 10 minutes.
Unlike many other bircher muesli recipes, this one does not contain fruit juice which is a good thing if you are conscious of hidden empty calories and sugars.
Be sure that you use rolled oats – not quick oats – you want the coarser texture of the fuller oats so that they almost become a little plumper as they soak in the liquid overnight. Quick oats will absorb the moisture quicker and turn your muesli into a gloopy sludge.
Be adventurous with your fruit toppings. My mother in law gives us a bucket of apricots from her tree every summer, so I poached a whole batch in some water, a cinnamon stick, star anise and a little sugar and kept them in the fridge to have on our bircher every other morning. Frozen berries are a busy person’s godsend, though, and letting them defrost on your muesli overnight allows them to bleed a little extra juice which adds a fresh flavour to your breakfast. If you’re not such a fan of the tart acidity of the juice, defrost your berries on a plate lined with paper towel in the fridge and just add the berries to your muesli in the morning.
PEAR AND BERRY BIRCHER
- 1 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1 pear, grated
- 1 Cup Low Fat Natural Yoghurt (I like the creaminess of the Tamar Valley Natural Yoghurt)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-2 teaspoons honey
- Handful of mixed frozen berries
- Chopped nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, pepitas and sunflower seeds
Combine oats, pear, yoghurt, water, cinnamon and honey in a bowl.
Divide mixture between two bowls.
Top with frozen berries, nuts and seeds.
Cover with cling wrap and place in fridge overnight.
If you like your bircher creamier, stir through an extra tablespoon of yoghurt before eating.