Ingredients



1 cup rolled oats
½ cup fresh orange juice
½ cup natural yoghurt
¼ cup currants or sultanas
¼ cup chopped dried apricots
pinch of ground nutmeg
large pinch of ground cinnamon
1 Granny smith apple, grated, to serve
2 tablespoons natural yoghurt, extra
1 cup seasonal fresh berries, to serve



Directions



1. combine the oats, juice, yoghurt, currants or
sultanas, chopped apricots, nutmeg and cinnamon in a
large bowl and stir well. chill overnight.
2. To serve, stir in the grated apple, put into
serving bowls and garnish with the extra yoghurt and
the berries.


HINTS AND TIPS:


*  You will need—large bowl, vegetable peeler, grater, cup, liquid and spoon measures and a large spoon.

*  When in season,
passionfruit is a wonderful addition to bircher muesli, so try adding the pulp of  4 passionfruit to this recipe. If you cannot wait for the season to begin, use a small can of passionfruit pulp, readily available at the supermarket.

*  There are many varied recipes for bircher muesli and it should be remembered that this recipe—like all recipes in this boo—is just a guide and so the addition of a favourite ingredient or removal of any ingredients that are not so liked is easy and encouraged.

*  For gluten intolerance, the use of ‘oat’ style cereals can be substituted. One in particular is made from rice-meal; however, like most foods that are a gluten substitute, the end result will certainly have a different texture, one which coeliacs are quite used to.


*  For a dairy-free option, simply replace the yoghurt with the same quantity of orange juice, or any other fruit juice, like apple, pineapple, mango, apricot or peach.


*  Fruit yoghurts can be substituted for natural yoghurt, the only difference being that the end result will be just a bit sweeter.

*  Any dried fruit can be substituted for the ones mentioned in the recipe, as long as the overall quantity for this recipe doesn’t exceed ½ cup.

*  Other spices that could be
used in this recipe include mixed spice or allspice to replace the cinnamon and nutmeg. If no spices are on hand, simply omitfrom the recipe altogether.

*  As much as bircher muesli is intended for breakfast, it makes for a great after-school snack for very hungry children.

*  Once made, store the

muesli in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days. Even though it may last up to 5 days, it does begin to break down too much by day 3 and is considered a fresh product once the orange juice is added.


*  Mixing in freshly grated
apple adds a refreshing crunch to the bircher muesli. Topping with yoghurt and berries is just one example of how to serve this dish. Serving a dollop of bircher muesli with cold milk is simple and still delicious. Chopped fresh banana or melons can replace the fresh berries.