What I love about my next recipe is it is tempting before you even taste it. You are aware of the Christmas spice aroma before you have even served it up. Soaked overnight, the bircher muesli can be eaten cold or warm and it is topped with a warm spiced pear. Some of you may think it’s only breakfast but if you start the day with a fragrant appetising meal then the day can only get better and better. And the best part is it takes very little effort to prepare the night before and voilá your breakfast is ready before you press that dreaded alarm button. Pears and cranberries complement each other well with the sweetness of the pears offsetting the tartness of the cranberries. The Christmas spices add more than just taste to the meal but also balances the muesli well bringing all the flavours together.
For those of you who are wondering what bircher muesli is, it is a different take on porridge, whereby you soak all the ingredients the night before. It softens the oats making them more digestible. I love the fruity flavour of the juice which is added to yogurt as it gives a different taste and dimension compared to porridge. It also means you can eat the muesli cold or warm. Nuts and fruit are also added to it to give an extra texture to the oat mix which I love as it complements the smooth texture of the oats.
This pear and cranberry bircher muesli provides a balanced meal with carbohydrates and protein, so your breakfast will give you slow releasing energy to last right up until lunch. I use freshly squeezed cranberry and pear juice which I run through my juicer but you can use fresh organic juice from your local supermarket or health store . I top it with a cranberry spiced poached pear but you can quickly poach a pear with a sprinkling of cinnamon and honey if you are running short on time.
The muesli can last for up to 3 days in the fridge although I’m guessing it won’t last that long! Here’s how easy it is to make.
- 2 pears
- 100g/1 cup jumbo organic oats
- ½ cup fresh pear juice
- ¼ cup fresh or organic cranberry juice
- ½ cup vanilla, natural or dairy free coconut yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey, optional
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of grated star anise
- 2 tablespoons flaked almonds
- 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons dried apricots, chopped
- 1 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 2 poached pears, to serve
- 1 tablespoon gogi berries, to garnish
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds, to garnish
- fresh cranberries stewed in honey and orange juice, to serve
- Peel the pears and grate them . If juicing yourself, juice the fruits to provide the desired amount of juice. Mix the oats with the juice, yogurt and honey. Mix well.
- Add half the nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Leave the other half for garnishing the next day.
- Add the grated pear and spices and mix well. If it is too runny don’t worry as the oats will absorb the liquid. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
- This can be slightly warmed or eaten cold the next morning. Place in a bowl. Top with the remaining nuts, fruits,seeds, gogi berries and pomegranate seeds.
- Top with a warmed cranberry poached pear and stewed cranberries.
Tip: This can be also made with apples, apple juice and topped with poached apples. You can choose any nuts and seeds to your liking.
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