We are addicted to a breakfast bowl of cool goat yogurt with a scoop of bircher muesli and a couple spoonfuls of home-canned peaches, plums, apricots or pears. If you are not in possession of home-canned fruits, no worries…you can add whatever fresh or frozen fruits you like, instead! Here are the simple details for making bircher muesli the way we do, and assembling the breakfast of champions.
For the muesli:
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not the quick-cook kind), uncooked
4 cups rolled barley (you can usually get these at a bulk dry goods store, an organic food store, or order online)
1 cup ground flax seed
1 cup broken walnut pieces
1 cup yellow or red raisins or currants
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped dried cherries or blueberries
Or anything non-perishable that you want to toss in, to improve the taste, chewiness and fiber value!
Mix well in a large mixing bowl and put into an airtight cereal container, preferably with a pour spout or large opening so that you can get a scoop in for serving.
For a breakfast serving, pour a cup of plain yogurt into a bowl. Sweeten to taste either with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (our favorite), honey, molasses or fruit syrup. Add the canned or fresh fruit (1/2 cup),
then pour or scoop between 1/2 and 1 cup of muesli on top of the yogurt and fruit.
You can either let the muesli soak in the yogurt for a couple minutes, or eat immediately. This is a very filling breakfast, and we don’t eat it every day, but it is wonderful every other day or as a special treat when you need lots of fiber and an energy boost. And it’s full of Omega 3, healthy amino acids and a great blend of flavors. Thousands of alpine shepherds, hikers and country folk who’ve eaten bircher muesli for generations can’t be wrong!