I like a bit of clean healthy eating throughout the year but there is surely no better month for re-igniting a healthy lifestyle than January. Even though I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, getting back to your usual healthy life after a period of indulgence feels good (mind you sipping Moscow Mules as the sun goes down also feels pretty good…but that was my last post – I’ve moved on since then).
This delicious clean bircher style muesli is the perfect start to the day – and your year. For me breakfast needs to be simple. I don’t have time to make something different every day of the week and whatever I eat needs to be satisfying and quick. This bircher muesli is creamy and soft with some added texture and sweetness from the apple and crunch from the cinnamon pumpkin seeds. Super easy to make, delicious and healthy.
Recipe adapted from Get the Glow
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 ½ cups almond milk (recipe here)
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional – see note)
1 apple, grated
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
Start by making your almond milk. I usually make 1 litre twice a week so that I have plenty for this muesli as well as smoothies and whatever else I fancy. But you can use bought almond milk if you prefer.
To make the toasted pumpkin seeds, mix the coconut oil and pumpkin seeds and toast in a frypan until the seeds are popping. Just before the end, add the cinnamon and stir to coat the seeds and allow to toast for a further 30 seconds making sure they don’t burn.
Soak the oats overnight in the almond milk with a pinch of salt (and the vanilla if using). In the morning, grate the apple over the top of the oats and scatter with the toasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy.
The almond milk recipe I use includes dates and vanilla essence for sweetness and taste so I choose to not add any further sweetening or flavour when I make the bircher muesli. However, feel free to add a tsp of agave syrup and vanilla to the oats while they are soaking if your almond milk doesn’t already have these included.
Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead full of health and happiness (and maybe a few sneaky Moscow Mules thrown in for good measure!)