It’s always such a delight when summer fruits are back in season. They are like a rainbow of colours for us to choose from and are packed with sunshine and vitamins, waiting for us to bite in their juicy flesh. Fruits tend to be part of my diet at every meal of the day as well as in between, when I indulge into smoothies and juices of all sorts. In the last few weeks, I’ve had to get up very early to start my day and was therefore after a breakfast that would be already prepared for me to grab and eat before I set off. I wanted something fruity but also substantial enough to keep me going and I know that oats always fit the bill as they release their energy all throughout the morning. Bircher muesli/overnight oats is a recipe that was developed in the early 1900s by a Swiss physician called Maximilian Bircher-Brenner for his patients. It turned out to be the perfect summery kind of breakfast. I prepare it in the evening and in the morning top it up with fresh fruits as well as this yummy cherry compote that I came up with. The recipe below for the muesli is basic so feel free to add nuts, grated apple or seeds of your choice/replace the water by apple juice/add plant milk before serving, etc. - be creative!
Bircher Muesli with Raw Cherry Compote – serves 4
•250g rolled oats
•2tbsp pumpkin seeds (optional)
•2tbsp sunflower seeds (optional)
•2tbsp dry goji berries or raisins
•1tsp ground cinnamon
•Juice of ½ lime
•1tbsp coconut palm sugar
•Fresh fruits, to serve
1.Place the oats, seeds, goji berries/raisins and cinnamon in a bowl and mix. Add the water, cover with cling film and place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
2.To make the cherry compote, pit the cherries and place in a bowl with the lime juice and sugar and mix. Place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, giving it a stir a couple of times.
3.When ready to eat, spoon a portion of muesli into a bowl and top up with cherry compote and fresh fruits such as apricots, peaches, etc.
Bircher Muesli et sa Compote Crue de Cerises – pour 4 personnes
•250g de flocons d’avoine
•2cs de graines de courges (optionnel)
•2cs de graines de tournesol (optionnel)
•2cs de baies de goji ou de raisins secs
•1cc de cannelle moulue
•300g de cerises
•Jus d’1/2 citron vert
•1cs de sucre de noix de coco
•Fruits frais pour servir
1.Mettre les flocons d’avoine, les graines, les fruits secs et la cannelle dans un bol et mélanger. Ajouter l’eau, couvrir de papier film et mettre au réfrigérateur pour une nuit.
2.Pour préparer la compote de cerise, les dénoyauter et mettre dans un bol avec le jus de citron vert et le sucre et mélanger. Mettre au réfrigérateur pendant quelques heures ou une nuit et remuer de temps à autre.
3.Lorsque vous êtes prêt à manger, mettre une portion de muesli dans un bol, ajouter de la compote de cerises ainsi que des fruits frais (pêches, abricots, etc.) et déguster.