Bircher Muesli

Oats are soaked beforehand instead of cooked in the morning, making it an ideal healthy breakfast. While the recipe originates in Switzerland, it makes use of Ontario’s apples, honey or maple syrup and calcium-rich dairy. Photo and Recipe courtesy of Foodland Ontario,

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Soaking Time: 4 hours
Serves 2

1/2 cup (125 mL) large flake rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup (125 mL) milk
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) cinnamon
1 small Ontario apple (unpeeled)
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped almonds
2 tbsp (25 mL) raisins, dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup (50 mL) plain or vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp (15 mL) Ontario honey or maple syrup

In medium bowl, combine oats, milk and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, dice apple. Stir apple, almonds and raisins into oatmeal mixture. Divide between bowls; top with yogurt and drizzle with honey.

Tip: Vary the fruit according to Ontario’s seasons. Try other nuts or dried fruit to suit your taste.

Nutritional Information:
1 serving
PROTEIN: 9 grams
FAT: 7 grams
FIBRE: 5 grams
SODIUM: 57 mg