Bircher Muesli. Because Germans Know Breakfast

You know who does breakfast right?

The Germans.

Because here is what they serve:
Bread that was probably baked that morning in an adorable bakery by a lovely woman in an apron
Butter
Jam
Cheese
Cold cuts
Eggs
Fresh fruit
Yogurt
Coffee

And if you are lucky, Bircher Muesli. Bircher muesli is a kind of oatmeal, only it’s better than traditional gummy, hot, bland oatmeal. In order to make normal oatmeal delicious, you have to add heaps of sugar and fruit and cinnamon and milk. Not this stuff. Oats are soaked overnight and then flavored with nuts and yogurt and fruit. And it’s stupid easy to make. (Traditional Bircher Muesli recipes call for a much higher concentration of chopped fruit to grains, but hey. It’s my blog.)

Here’s what you need:

2/3 cup rolled oats (you want rolled, or old fashioned. Not steel cut.)
1 cup milk (or soy milk, or almond milk, depending on how hippie you want to get with this)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (Yeah. I go there.)
Grated apple (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients and the wet into a jar or bowl with a lid. I suggest go whole hog, and mix it into a mason jar. Really get the living-on-a-farm-in-the-alps vibe. Once everything is added, give it a few good shakes.

Once everything is added and mixed, pop the jar (or tupperware, or bowl) into the fridge overnight. Give the oats at least 4-5 hours to absorb the liquid, but the jar will be good for a few days in the fridge.

The next morning, take the jar out of the fridge and let it stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Mix in chopped fruit, jam, nuts – whatever gets you excited.

Eat it straight out of the jar. Adorable.

I’m so doing this next backpacking trip.

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