Monday, January 26, 2009

Leah's Birchermuesli

I first tried birchermuesli at the now defunct Bread and Chocolate in Eastern Market. Their variation is good, but a little runny, so I decided to try my hand at making it. For the best results, let the muesli soak overnight. If that's not possible, make at least 2-3 hours ahead and let sit in the fridge. You can top it with any assortment of nuts and fresh fruit. I recommend walnuts and bananas, but apples, pears, berries, pecans or almonds are also nice additions.

Difficulty: Super Easy
Eat Rating: Awesome. (And it's even healthy!)

3 cups oats (rolled, not quick cooking)
3/4 cup of orange juice
1 1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix oats, orange juice and milk in a medium-sized bowl. Add yogurt, sugar and vanilla and stir until mixed completely. The mixture should be a little runny but will firm up in the fridge. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. To serve, top with nuts and fresh fruit.

Maple Muesli: Omit the sugar and vanilla and instead add 2 tbsp of maple syrup with the yogurt. Top with pecans.

Apple Muesli: Sub 3/4 cup apple cider for the orange juice. Omit granulated sugar and vanilla and instead use 2 tbsp brown sugar. Top with apple slices.

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