Author Notes: Every Friday morning, a group of women meet for coffee and a quick breakfast. This group originally started as a support group for a friend with breast cancer, but has evolved over the 10 years I’ve been a part of it. We currently meet in our original location: a Swiss café with a Bircher Muesli special on their breakfast menu. This is my version of that muesli, which I make for the group those times we meet at someone's house. Though it’s made with very healthy ingredients, the dish tastes luxurious; and, topped with nuts and berries, it presents beautifully. I sometimes make a batch on Sunday night; then I have breakfast for the week! - healthierkitchen
Food52 Review: I'm always on the lookout for a delicious breakfast that I can make ahead and take with me to work, but that somehow transports me away from the mundane and dreary. This muesli does just that -- with the tartness of the apple, the sweetness of the fruit, and the creamy-crunchiness of the oats, it reminds me of vacations in Europe at a cozy B&B. It goes well with fresh berries or, in the winter, with poached prunes or pears. I'll definitely be making this again. - aussiefoodie
- 1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
- 2/3 cups milk of your choice
- 2/3 cups Greek yogurt (I use non-fat)
- 1 apple, peeled, then grated or diced finely
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 cup golden raisins, or other dried fruit (I sometimes omit this in summer when there's so much fresh fruit around)
- 1 to 2 cup chopped fresh fruit -- I love bananas and strawberries, blueberries, or pears, depending on the season. I also love to add in persimmons.
- 1/2 cup toasted almonds, slivered or sliced (you can use the pre-toasted ones, or toast them carefully in a pan over medium heat or on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes in a 350° F oven)
- The evening before you want to serve the muesli: In a medium to large bowl, mix together the oats, milk, yogurt, sugar, grated apple, and dried fruit (if using). Cover, then refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, remove the bowl from the refrigerator. Add a little more milk if it's gotten too thick. Add the fresh fruit, and top with the nuts.