Oat-Free Bircher

Bircher Muesli was possibly the beginning of my love affair with breakfast. Actually that's rude. "Affair" suggest a fling with a time limit on it. Breakfast is not my mistress, it is my husband and wife. My forever. I'm pretty sure the first time I had bircher was the moment I realised breakfast could be more exciting than cereal and toast.

This oat-free bircher is an attempt to cut down on sugars, so I've substituted oats with flaked almonds. I want to avoid a spike in glucose levels that result in a 'sugar crash' and would leave me feeling tired and grabbing a cereal bar for yet more sugar and instant energy. This is also why I wouldn't recommend adding honey, and it also ruins the fresh taste of this bircher, trust me, I tried.

And seriously don't use any fat free yogurts- the reduced fat content means there's so much more sugar than the normal 'fat' version. Just read the back of the yogurt pots, the sugar content is sometimes doubled!

Best part is that this doesn't need to be prepared the night before! 

Ingredients   (Serves 1)

  • 1 Medium Apple, grated
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 100g Greek Yogurt
  • 25g Flaked Almonds
  • 100g Raspberries
 

Method

  1. Coarsely grate the apple and drain any excess juice. Stir in the lemon juice. (This will stop the grated apple turning brown and add a nice fresh flavour).
  2. Stir together the grated apple, almond flakes and yogurt till completely combined. Stir in raspberries (or any other berries) last. Adding the berries last will stop them turning to mush as you stir everything else together.
  3. Top with more berries and almond flakes or seeds if you want.

You will probably be tempted to drizzle honey or agave over the top, but, as I said, I wouldn't. It slightly ruins the fresh, light flavour from the apple and lemon juice.