Easy bircher: instead of porridge

Just made myself an easy bircher muesli.  Normally you would make it at night and let it soak but I did not do that this time.

The recipe I made this morning was:

1 medium sized grated apple (you could use dried apple instead)
1/3 cup of rolled oats
1/2 tablespoon of sultanas
1 tablespoon of natural unflavoured yogurt
1 teaspoon of coconut cream
1 tablespoon of dried coconut

Place in bowl, mix, preferably put in the fridge overnight.  You might want to add more milk, yogurt or water to the mix.

If your leave the mix overnight the food will be easier for your body to digest.  It also means the flavours are more present and the dried fruit is plump.  Perfect for non-morning types that have to get themselves out the door.

Anyway the basic idea of bircher muesli is that it's a fresh oat and fruit breakfast that usually includes oats, fresh fruit and yogurt.  You can make up your own mix either with things you have available in your house and garden, or buy up some ingredients from the store to keep you going for weeks.  It makes a good snack after exercise, or when you are really hungry.

You might want to use juice instead of milk and yogurt, you can use coconut or soy yogurt, you can try different types of fruit depending on what's in season and on special.  Toasted coconut flakes add extra texture and great flavour.

You could also do the same thing, with cooked brown rice replacing the oats.  You would have to regularly cook the rice which would be a bit of a pain.  Personally, I find I am fine with generic oats and that I can now eat them with no problems.  The Coeliac Association of Australia recommends that Coeliac patients avoid all oats.  I enjoy eating them, and they keep me full.  It's worth noting that other associations do not recommend excluding oats.  You should also note that one quarter of Coeliacs are allergic to the protein in oats.  Talk to your doctor for advice.

Disclaimer: this is the opinion of the author and does not constitute professional advice.

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