I've been commuting to Toronto three days a week for work (it used to be just once), and therefore spending too much money on breakfast, teas, lunch and snacks. I do love a good Sushi Burrito or Poke Box, but at $10-$15 each, my food spending can add up pretty quick! I'm also not one to wake up early enough to eat breakfast before leaving the house, so I tend to grab something once I'm in the city. Which means I'm buying both breakfast AND lunch.
So in an attempt to be more organized and bring more meals from home, I came up with my own copy-cat version of Bircher Muesli. It's super easy to make and a batch lasts all week! Simply mix all ingredients in a bowl and let it soak over night in the fridge. It's pretty much like overnight oats, although I always feel the need to heat my overnight oats in a microwave once I get to work, but I actualy really enjoy eating this Muesli cold. It's thick, creamy, tart, refreshingly tasty and full of nutrients. The addition of raisins is a personal preference as they add some natural sweetness, but they could definitely be left out or swapped for nuts...or pumpkin seeds - they'd be great in a dish like this too!
Ingredients (makes about 4 portions):
1 1/2 Cups Rolled Quick Oats
1 Green Apple (grated)
2 Cups Almond Milk
1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Pint Blackberries (roughly chopped)
3/4 Cup Golden Raisins
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
Soaking oats overnight helps achieve a chewier consistency, which can improve digestion and absorption of nutrients. I especially love this recipe because it keeps me full (and focused) until lunch.
Have you tried Bircher Muesli before?