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Goji Chia Bircher Muesli (& Giveaway Winner)

Posted in Breakfasts, Favourites by Janet M on April 27, 2013

Chia Bircher Muesli

Wow, once you start, it can be hard to stop.

I may have unrawified the quinoa wraps, but I have been noshing on lots of great raw eats all week. I also ventured away from my standard chocolate oats, and re-entered overnight oats territory. For some odd reason, I usually only eat overnight oats when I have an empty container of nut butter. The overnight soaking allows you to absorb all the rest of the nut butter on the sides of the jar.

Chia Bircher Muesli

(and yes, I think that’s some carrot that snuck in from my grater, hehe)

I like how simple changes can truly transform my breakfast. I routinely add fresh fruit to my oats (especially apples), but I usually just chop them up. However, this time I made a spin on Swiss muesli. Nowadays, muesli is more akin to uncooked granola, heavy on rolled oats, nuts and seeds, although Dr. Bircher-Benner’s original recipe called for far more fruit than grains.

When I think of Bircher muesli, I associate it with the grated apple. Not chopped, grated. Grated apple was a fun twist. I ran with Gena’s recipe, which updated the classic recipe by including chia seeds, dried fruits and chopped almonds. The textural contrast from the soaked chia seeds, creamy oats, grated sweet apple and chopped almonds was a delicious treat. Trying to clear out my pantry, I tossed in some dried goji berries and my homemade unsweetened dried cranberries. I don’t normally like goji berries (I think I’ve had the same package for over 2 years), but found they were fantastic in here. So much so that I am sad I cleaned out the last of them… and trying very hard not to run back to Chinatown to buy some more. Must. Resist. Buying. New. Ingredients.

Chia Bircher Muesli

Do you do the nut butter jar trick? Have you tried goji berries? What are your favourite recipes?

And last, but not least, the winner for my cookbook giveaway is Ellen! I will contact you to get your shipping address.

Chia Bircher Muesli

This is my submission to this month’s No Waste Food Challenge for fruit, this week’s Raw Food Thursday and to this month’s Breakfast Club for rocket fuel.

Goji Chia Bircher Muesli
Adapted from Choosing Raw

1/3 cup rolled oats (rolled oats are not technically raw)
2 tbsp thinly sliced almonds
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp dried fruit (I used unsweetened dried cranberries and goji berries)
1/4 apple, shredded
3/4 cup nondairy milk of choice

1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to evenly distribute. Soak overnight in the fridge, covered. You may need to add more liquid if desired.

Serves 1.

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  1. Hannah said, on April 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Love bircher muesli. Grew up eating it, though as I got older I became obsessed with adding AllBran to make it suuuuper thick and hearty. Kinda want to do that again now…

  2. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on April 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    I have never had bircher muesli – largely because I don’t like regular muesli – but these are the sorts of posts that remind me I really need to try it! I do love overnight oats and also mushy cereal, and really, I’m sure I’d love this.

  3. beingomma said, on April 28, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    I usually go for the easiest breakfast options – tea and toast but you have inspired me to try to liven things up at breakfast time.

  4. Joanne said, on April 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    I pretty much eat the same thing for breakfast every day but I do have a bag of muesli to use that a company sent me…maybe THIS will be the way I like goji berries also!!

  5. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on April 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I loved the look of Gena’s recipe when I first saw it! I love your twist and I love the idea to grate the apple. More even dispersion and apple in every bite!

  6. Elizabeth said, on May 1, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    This sounds utterly delicious and I love the nut butter jar trick! A very clever idea! :) Thank you for entering your lovely recipe into the No Waste Food Challenge!

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  8. gillbla said, on May 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Thanks very much for entering and congratulations on winning the prize. Can you email be talesofpiglingbland [at] gmail [dot] com with you details? Also, I’m glad you used goji berries as I was recently sent some as part of foodie penpals and so far I’m not fully convinced, but I think this could tip it…

  9. Choclette said, on May 2, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Love Bircher muesli, but haven’t made it in such a long time. Good idea to add goji berries. I use them in muesli, granola and cakes, but they are not much fun to eat on their own.

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