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Author Notes: This weekend was the first of the year where a hot breakfast of oatmeal (porridge if you're British) just seemed too wintery and warming, Bircher muesli is a great alternative (yes, it is essentially cold oatmeal, but trust me, it tastes much better than it sounds)
I first discovered this dish a few years ago in a Jamie Oliver cookbook (I forget which one, it's somewhere in a box in my parents garage right now), from what I remember he gave it a fairly stupid name, pukka porridge or something? Still, despite the silly name, it's really good, and as long as you remember to put it together the night before, it takes minimum effort in the morning.
Instead of cooking the oats, you soak them overnight in milk with some other tasty ingredients and then, in the morning, add yogurt, apple and nuts.
Recipe note: You could add any dried fruit, nuts or seeds that you want. Also, some recipes call for apple juice instead of milk - this would make the whole thing sweeter, so you could leave the honey out. —cooklynveg
Serves 3 to 4
- 1 cup quick cook oatmeal (but not instant, it turns to mush ... unless you like mush)
- 1 1/14 cups low fat milk
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dried chopped figs
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 apple, grated or chopped
- 2 tablespoons low fat greek yogurt
- small handful of almonds
- Night before; mix the oats, dried fruits, sunflower seeds, honey and milk together, then cover and put in the fridge overnight.
- next morning: the mixture will have thickened and soaked up the milk. Stir in the yogurt, and the apple, top with a few nuts.