If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m the Bircher Muesli Queen. A title earned over the years from whipping up countless batches of creamy, and of course crunchy bowls of bircher muesli. I think it’s safe to say that Bircher muesli was my first real recipe that made me realise just how much I love food, but even more importantly, that I loved eating healthy food.
When you make my bircher muesli, whether it be this particular creamy Winter Bircher with a Stewed Fruit Compote, or my Summer Bircher muesli with fresh berries and mint, you’ll soon realise just how nourishing they are for your body. I mean it’s bursting with rolled oats (which are rich in fibre), nuts and seeds (full of healthy fats), dried fruit (for a little natural sweetness and to help cut your cravings) and cinnamon (for blood sugar levels).
Now if that’s not the best way to start the day, then I don’t know what is.
The other reason bircher muesli is so fantastic, is because it’s been soaking in either coconut milk or water, which helps to remove the phytic acid layer (which surrounds all nuts, seeds and grains) so they break down easier and we can get more nutrition from them. How great is that!! It also makes everything really soft and creamy (which is the main reason why I soak it) but I’ll take the extra nutrient boost as well.
Now the recipe that I’ve given you below is just a guide. If you love walnuts add them, if you want to replace the oats with flaked quinoa, be my guest, and if you love cardamom as a spice, throw some of that in. My point is for you to use this as your base and then go from there and make it your own.
A Note On Weight:
I do have to point out that this breakfast is quite rich and is full of healthy fats which do unfortunately increase the calorie count. So if you’re someone who is watching their weight, or maybe trying to loose a little weight and you’re wanting to have this bircher every morning, all I would do is switch the coconut milk for water. It’s that simple and trust me it still tastes so delicious. This will eliminate a whole lot of calories and make it more figure friendly.
I like to save this Winter Bircher Muesli for the weekends or for brunch with friends and family, as a yummy little treat. Then during the week you’ll see me start my mornings with lighter breakfasts such as green smoothies, fruit bowls with coconut yogurt or chia puddings. Its all about balance and finding what works best for you and your body.
The Stewed Fruit Compote on the other hand can be eaten everyday with your chia puddings, or coconut yogurt and is a great way to boost the amount of fruit in your winter diet, when let’s be honest all the delicious fruits are gone and you’re really not left with much to work with.
Enough about that though, let’s get into this nutrient rich and indulgent Winter Bircher Muesli with Stewed Fruit Compote. Enjoy Lovelies xx
My Winter Bircher Muesli + Stewed Fruit Compote
Note: I have given you a big serve so that you can make it over the weekend and have enough to last you during the week as well. But if you just want a small amount then I recommend halving the recipe.
Bircher Muesli (makes 12-14 serves)
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- 1 cup of raw seeds (I used pumpkin and sunflower)
- ½ cup of raw nuts (I used almonds)
- 1 cup of organic sultanas
- 1 tbsp of flax seeds or chia seeds
- 1 tsp of ginger powder (optional)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1x 1 litre bottle of Little Island Coconut Milk (can also use water or almond milk)
In a big bowl add all the ingredients and mix well. Cover and leave to soak for at least 3-4 hours, but best left over night so everything soaks properly.
Stewed Fruit Compote:
- 2 cups of water
- Juice from 2 medium oranges (and the peel from one)
- 1 tbsp of coconut sugar
- 1 tsp of cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 x star anise
- 1 cup of dried organic figs
- ½ cup of organic dried apricots
- ½ tsp of vanilla pasta (optional)
- 2 medium pears (cored)
- 1 x large granny smith apple (peeled and cored)
- 1 x medium red apple (peeled and cored)
In a large pot add the water, orange juice and peel, coconut sugar, cinnamon, star anise and vanilla paste. Gently simmer on a medium heat for 5 minutes.
While the juice simmers, peel, core and slice the apples and place to one side. Also slice and core the pear and cut in half the dried fruit. Add everything to your pot and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes with the lid off. Stir every now and then to mix all the flavours together.
- 1/3 cup of bircher muesli (per serve)
- 1 tbsp of coconut yogurt
- ½ an apple (grated and peeled)
- juice from ½ a lemon
In a medium bowl add the bircher muesli, grated apple, coconut yogurt and lemon juice and mix well. Top with a dollop of stewed fruit compote and then finish it off with some bee pollen, cacao nibs or any other superfoods.