Apple & Nectarine Gluten-Free Bircher Muesli


This breakfast is seriously good. Seriously. I want to wrap it up and gift it to myself each and every day. It’s so simple and so tasty that I have no idea why I have never tried to make gluten-free Bircher muesli before! However, the good news is that this bowl was well worth the wait.

I have sweetened this Bircher with new season apples and nectarines straight off the tree as they are abundant, sweet and super fresh at this time of year. However, you could try using any seasonal fruit of your choice. I’m sure chopped feijoa or sliced strawberries would be equally delicious. I’ll definitely be trying sliced figs as an alternative to the nectarines when our figs are dripping from the trees.

If you haven’t made Bircher Muesli before because you’d never known how to make a gluten-free version, then this recipe is for you! It’s so simple, yet so delicious. I have chosen to soak the rice flakes in milk and yoghurt rather than juice to reduce the sugar content and to add a calcium and protein boost. I’ve also added chia seeds to provide omega-3 fatty acids and protein to ensure even the hungriest appetites are satisfied all morning.

I made a big bowl of this Bircher muesli on Sunday evening and it has lasted me throughout the week and will continue to do so for a few days to come. You could make a batch for your entire family to enjoy together around the breakfast table. It’s the easiest thing to make the night before and then you miraculously awake to a delicious breakfast waiting for you. The muesli looks really beautiful topped with colourful sliced fruit and toasted nuts which makes it lovely enough to serve for a special occasion breakfast. There’s just something about pretty looking breakfast bowls! I like to enjoy mine with a fresh batch of Italian espresso and to linger over a warm mug once I have finished my Bircher bowl. It really has been such a treat this week and even as I write this I can’t wait to get up tomorrow morning just to eat another bowl of it!

Apple & Nectarine Gluten-Free Bircher Muesli

Serves 6 (1 serving = ½ cup Bircher Muesli)

  • 2 cups wholegrain brown rice flakes

  • 1 ½ cups almond milk (or cow’s milk or nut milk of your choice)

  • 1 cup thick Greek natural yoghurt (I used Yoplait)

  • ¼ tsp of vanilla extract or a sprinkling of vanilla powder

  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

  • 2 apples, washed and grated (skin on)

  • 2 Tbspn black chia seeds

  • 2 Tbspn pure maple syrup or runny honey

To serve:

  • 1 fresh nectarine per person, sliced (but you can use any sliced seasonal fruit to serve)

  • 1/4 cup toasted nuts per person. I used walnuts, cashews, almonds and brazil nuts.

Method

  1. Place the rice flakes, milk, yoghurt, vanilla, cinnamon, apples, chia seeds and maple syrup into a large bowl and stir everything together

  2. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight

  3. In the morning loosen the mixture with a little extra milk and spoon ½ cup of the mixture into each serving bowl. Top with the sliced nectarines and toasted nuts.

  4. Optional: Top the Bircher with an extra tablespoon of coconut yoghurt or Greek yoghurt along with the nectarine and nuts

Enjoy!

Gluten-free, Refined sugar-free, Vegetarian

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