Isn’t it funny how the same trends come and go. Like those little tattoo chokers that were super popular in middle school and all of a sudden girls are wearing again, mostly unironically? I had those in every color, both necklace and bracelet. I can only imagine how I must have looked sporting my navy and white Catholic school uniform with black and rainbow little bands on my neck and on my wrist – adjacent to my giant pink Baby-G watch of course. I think some of them even had little crystals in the tattoo mesh things. Why do we do the things that we do when are 13.
Well consider this another trend that disappeared and then circled back full force. But unlike those tattoo chokers this clash with your super on trend Baby-G watch (when are those going to be cool again?).
These days you cannot scroll 3 inches on Pinterest without finding another recipe for overnight oatmeal. In fact one of our more popular posts is this Triple Coconut Overnight Oatmeal. But long before our obsessions with mason jar everything and turning everything into its pudding form with chia seeds there was Bircher Muesli.
Bircher muesli is bomb. The grated apple and lemon juice add a nice tart edge to the rich honey-sweetened Greek yogurt base. You get texture and substance from the softened oats and grated fruit, little chewy sweet bits from the dried figs/raisins and crunch from the pistachios. It is utterly addictive. I made a HUGE jar of this and then ended up sneaking spoonfuls of it all day and then it was gone before it was even ready for its second overnight stay in the fridge.
Note this is the time to use full fat yogurt. It stands up to the liquid from the fruit and the lemon and turns this healthy breakfast into a really lush treat.
OK if you INSIST you can use the fat free stuff but it will absolutely not be as delicious.
- 1 small apple (I like Granny Smith or Fuji), grated
- 3 tablespoons of apple sauce
- 3/4 cup of plain greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup of oat-based granola, muesli, or plain oatmeal
- 1 tablespoons of shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoons of dried fruit, I used 3 dried figs but golden raisins or dried apricots would be lovely too
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1-2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of crushed pistachios
- Optional: fresh fruit for topping (berries, plums, pomegranate)
- Cut dried fruit into raisin sized pieces. Unless you are using raisins. Those are already raisin sized.
- Mix all the ingredients except for the pistachios and fruit to top with together in a mason jar and mix thoroughly.
- Seal. Let sit overnight in the fridge.
- Top with pistachios and any fresh fruit if desired. Drizzle with more honey if desired. Eat!
If you don’t make your own granola anymore because you are a bit lazy (like me) or you avoid buying granola because you just end up eating up nearly half the bag like chips while watching all of season 4 Homeland in one sitting (also like me) but you want something a bit less plain than just oats: add in some other grain with a short cooking time (I like buckwheat groats) to the oats, maybe toss some nuts in as well, then toast it all in a hot pan with lots of coconut oil and some coconut sugar/maple syrup. Lazy person’s instant “granola”.
Interestingly, this was the VERY FIRST THING I made when I got home from my trip to Paris and Croatia. You think I would have been inspired by the dainty jewel-colored Pierre Hermé macarons and the juicy steak frites we had in Paris or the amazing octopus salad and grilled squid we ate almost every day in Croatia….but no. I bought this bircher muesli at the freaking airport. At a chain store. That you have here in the US too.
But in my defense Pret A Manger is awesome in London and the ones I’ve been to in NY just sell sad ham and cheese sandwiches while this one at Heathrow had passion fruit juice, falafel pita pockets, tabbouleh platters with halloumi, sandwiches with aged English Cheddar and bircher muesli topped with pistachios and pomegranates.
While the yogurt parfaits that are omnipresent in most airports suffer from slowly asphyxiating in their vacuum sealed prisons, bircher muesli only happily improves by sitting for a couple of hours. In those ever-disappointing parfaits the juices seep out of decidedly not fresh strawberries that go from not ripe to old with no in-between into the gelatinous artificially sweetened gel they call yogurt. The only thing that can save this soggy mess is the meager little pocket of bone-dry, too-sweet granola crumbs. As far as taste and calories you go, you might as well just go with the Snickers bar you’ve been eyeing.
What I’m trying to say is: Stop the madness! Serve bircher muesli instead, every airport restaurant ever. The world will be a better place for it.