A few months ago I started making a sort of bircher muesli. I would grate apple into oats, put in a dash of water and mix it with yoghurt and any other goodies I wanted in there. It was good eaten right away, or you could leave it overnight and the oats would be softer, which was nice too. When winter hit I still wanted to eat my bircher muesli, but I thought a hot breakfast would be nice.
Hot oats = porridge. I used to hate porridge! It was the texture; I hated the lumpy texture, it reminded me of vomit. This winter I discovered that if you fill your porridge with other bits of goodness, some soft and some crunchy, it compensates for the lumpiness of the porridge and it’s delicious! It’s also quite healthy: full of fibre and low in fat.
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 Apple, grated
- 50-150g natural or vanilla yoghurt
- 5 roasted almonds, roughly chopped
- 4 dates, sliced or chopped
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 3 strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 Banana, sliced
The amount of yoghurt you use depends on how thick or runny your yoghurt is and how moist you want your meal. I like Jalna Fat Free Natural Yoghurt for a reasonable balance of low fat & sugar with a nice texture and not too tart. You can also add, or replace the dates with, sultanas, craisins or other dried fruit.
Method for Muesli
- Grate apple and mix with oats, water (1tbs) and yoghurt.
- Mix in spices, dates and nuts. If leaving refrigerated overnight do so now.
- Top with sliced fruit.
Method for Porridge
- Grate apple and mix with oats & water (about 85mL for quick oats and up to 170mL for more natural oats), also mix in nuts and dates (if adding sultanas or other dried fruit leave out of this step).
- Microwave for 1-2 min (check your oats packet for recommendation)
- Add other dried fruit (if using any) and stir porridge. Microwave for another 45s.
- Stir in yoghurt and top with sliced fruit.