I really like muesli. It’s a one-bowl wonder—a complete breakfast or snack that’s easy to make, that you can custom-make, and that’s filling and healthy. It’s also delicious and there’s no cooking required. It’s basically a healthy breakfast recipe (created in the 1900s by Swiss Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner) that consists of rolled oats, yogurt, fruit and nuts.
I began by making the Spa Day Bircher Muesli recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks, Oh She Glows, by Angela Liddon. But then I got creative and added a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder for an energizing twist on the original. In case you’ve never used matcha before, it has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. It also boosts metabolism, burns calories, is rich in vitamins and minerals and even puts you in a good mood. If you don’t have matcha powder (I recommend Matchamax) you can feel free to stick to a more basic muesli recipe or use whatever fruits, seeds, nuts or yogurt you have on hand to customize your own.
Here’s how I made my Matcha Green Tea Bircher Muesli:
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and shredded
1 cup rolled oats (small flake works best)
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp raw pepita seeds
2 Tbsp goji berries (you can use raisins instead)
1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp matcha green tea powder
In a large bowl, combine grated apple with oats, yogurt, seeds, fruits, matcha powder and coconut. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least two hours until the oats soften. When you’re ready for breakfast, top with berries, banana, walnuts or whatever additions you would like. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for three to four days.