Muesli is a wonderful raw cereal and can be served with a variety of ingredients. Oats have been traditionally used along with fruits, nuts & seeds. Here is my favorite muesli recipe using not only oats, but other ‘superfoods’ like chia seeds and buckwheat grouts, making this a nutritional powerhouse meal!
This recipe originally came about for two reasons. One, I had picked up some figs the other day, not quite knowing what to do with them. And the other is due to a question someone posted on The Simple Veganista facebook page asking about vegan breakfasts, cereals in particular. So it all came together and this muesli mixture of grains, fruits, nuts, seeds and spices was born. And it’s so very good!
Bircher Muesli + Cha Seeds, Figs & Apples
When you’re in need of a meal that will carry you the distance, muesli is it!
The added chia seeds in this version alone are an energy extender, as well as the all-important omega’s 3 & 6 they contain. They are one of the few plants based sources of omega 3. Chia seeds also contain a good amount of protein, fiber, iron and calcium per serving.
The buckwheat can be optional in this version but I highly suggest that you get to know buckwheat, aka Kasha. Despite its name buckwheat isn’t in the wheat family at all, it is considered a seed and is a great source of protein and fiber, even more than the oats per serving. In fact, you may decide to do all buckwheat and no oats sometime. It’s also gluten free.
The oats are a classic muesli staple and help soak up the liquids to make for a nice creamy dish while the other ingredients give texture and flavor.Print
BIRCHER MUESLI + CHIA SEEDS, FIGS & APPLES
A healthy make ahead breakfast to nourish your morning!
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats*
- 2 tablespoon raw buckwheat groats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- cinnamon, to taste
- 2 figs
- 1/2 apple, diced (I used Fuji)
- 1 – 2 tablespoons raisins
- a few almond
- a few walnuts
- a few pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
In small/medium bowl combine oats, buckwheat groats, chia seeds, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, and half of the raisins. Mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight, or eat in one to two hours after it has set. Serve cold, or at room temp, topped with diced figs, apples, raisins and nuts/seeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon…add a little more milk if desired. I like to mix most of the apples in first and then top with the remaining ingredients. Serves one. Stores up to a couple days in airtight container in the refrigerator. Try drinking a glass of lemon water with this, very refreshing!
You may also like to try 100% fruit juice in place of the milk or use any fruits you like.
*For 100% raw look for raw oats that have not undergone the steam process. These you will want to soak for eight hours plus.
You can also make it to go in the morning. Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar, or other to go container, give it a good stir and take it with you. The non-dairy milk is perfectly fine without refrigeration until ready to eat. At least if it’s eaten within the day it should be fine, unlike dairy products that need refrigeration (another reason non-dairy milk is so great).
If you want to use more whole grains try this recipe below. It will fill you up for those extra long periods in between meals or can be munched on for a few hours…
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup buckwheat groats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
- any fruit and nut/seeds of choice