Sorry it’s been so long between posts! I went to Sydney a few weeks ago (has it already been two weeks?? Time flies..) and the day after I got back I went into a two week prac for my teaching degree so I’ve been very busy preparing lessons and school work (not to mention working on assignments that were due at the same time)! My first real taste of teaching life since I started so all of that definitely became a priority during the week which meant all my creativity and spare time has gone into that! However, today is the last of this prac (I’m a bit sad actually, I’ve really come to love my class) so last night while I made muffins for the staff room I also put together my breakfast for this morning.
Now you’re probably thinking “but why Bircher museli? It’s so cold in the mornings and Bircher is such a summer breakfast!” And you would be correct – porridge would definitely be more comforting to eat when it’s currently three degrees and still dark outside. But there is a story behind it all which has made me perfect this recipe over the past two weeks and put it as a must have recipe for this summer! (Which will be here before I know it if this year continues to fly by like it has, yikes!).
The story is that when I stayed with my close friend Amanda in Sydney recently, on a beautiful Sunday morning she took me down to her local area of Cronulla to show me the best bits. First pit stop was infamous Grind Coffee which I do have to agree, lived up to the hype – I’m not a huge coffee drinker but that latte was pretty darn good! We then walked with our coffees down to the beach area and stumbled across an awesome breakfast bar which has no tables, just one bar that overlooks the beach. We decided to try the Bircher after seeing someone walking by with it and OH my goodness – it was heaven. Literally, the best Bircher muesli I’ve ever had. I don’t know what made it so good (I relaxed my clean eating a bit since I was on holiday and its hard to eat completely clean when you eat out) but I made sure I savoured every mouthful. The view was amazing since Sydney decided to give me some amazing weather while I was there and I was so content with life at that moment in time, sitting with one of my best friends and chatting about the good things in life.
So, there’s my pretty simple story as to why I’m eating cold Bircher on a freezing cold morning, but I finally perfected my clean eating Bircher and maybe if I close my eyes I can imagine I’m back on Cronulla beach with the sun shining on my face… Hehe. It’s obviously not the same as that marvellous creation at Barefoot on the Beach cafe but I think it’s pretty good if I do say so myself and it will be my staple during the warmer months!
I used a pre made muesli mix (but its the Woolworths Macro Organics Raw Muesli with Coconut so there’s no nasties to be found – check your ingredients before you buy as so many of the pre made mixes add sugar and preservatives) but you can make your own using oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruits etc. It was just quicker and cheaper for me to grab this one. Some examples of what to include are almonds, walnuts, sultanas, sunflower kernels and coconut but there is no way it’s limited to this – be creative!
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
Cooking time: leave in the fridge overnight
– 1/4 cup Macro Raw Muesli with Coconut
– 1 tbsp black chia seeds
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/8 cup low fat milk/milk alternative
– 1/4 cup chobani Greek yogurt
– 1/4 of a grated green apple
- Mix together the muesli, cinnamon and chia seeds in a bowl
- Add the milk, yogurt and apple.
- Stir together to mix it well.
- Cover with cling wrap and put in the fridge over night.
Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon, half a cup of thawed berries (I warmed mine up!) and the other 1/4 of the apple. Or any other topping you’d like including banana, pear, nuts and so on.
It’s that simple (another reason why it’s such a good recipe – super quick breakfast in the morning with hardly any prep time!).
I do have another hectic couple of weeks coming up, but I do hope to post some more yummy and creative clean eating dishes for you all! Thanks for your patience and have a great weekend (woohoo it’s Friday!)