Dairy Free Bircher Muesli
After my last post on coconut milk kefir, I know some of you were asking “what the heck do I use kefir for besides as a beverage?”. I’m going to answer that with this post on Bircher Muesli a.k.a. Swiss oatmeal. Bircher Muesli is a make ahead breakfast that you prepare the night before, and it sits refrigerated overnight to make a perfect hearty porridge for the next morning. Bircher muesli can be made with any variety of seeds, nuts, grains and fruits but the core of it always contains oats, some dried and fresh fruits and some sort of sweetened liquid usually a cream or yogurt. In this case, I’m using coconut milk kefir for a dairy free option. You can certainly use the more traditional cream, dairy kefir or a yogurt that has been thinned with milk.
Start by placing your dry ingredients in a jar or bowl. Then, add the grated apple and cover with the lemon, honey and kefir. Stir it up and store in the fridge overnight. I use steel cut oats since they result in a more al dente consistency which I prefer. If you don’t mind it a little more mushy, feel free to use rolled oats or just make it up in the morning and let it sit for an hour instead of overnight.
If you wish to make a large batch, increase the recipe to however many batches you want to make and mix up just the dry ingredients. The dry mix can be kept it in the cupboard and will keep really well since it’s all dry ingredients kind of like a trail mix. If you want to mix the whole recipe up together, you certainly can and it’ll keep refrigerated for up to a week. The oats may get a bit mushier but the flavor is still lovely.
- 3 tablespoons steel cut oats
- 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 teaspoons flax
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- dash of cinnamon
- ½ apple, grated
- splash of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ⅓ cup coconut milk kefir (or coconut milk, almond milk or yogurt thinned out with milk, or cream)
- Place all dry ingredients in a jar or bowl.
- Grate the apple and stir into dry ingredients.
- Mix together lemon juice, honey and kefir.
- Pour kefir mixture over dry ingredients and stir well.
- Refrigerate overnight.