I might be a little bit obsessed with apples. As much as I love summer fruit – peaches and mangos and plums oh my – I do mourn the brief break in the apple season. Yes, of course you can get them year round in the big chain grocery stores but when stone fruit is ripe for the picking the apple trees are just starting to bloom again… draw your own conclusions…
Apple season just launched again here and this will be the first full season Australian growers are using ‘Aussie Apples’ stickers – indicating fruit from local growers rather than imported from various overseas locations. With orchards in every state of Australia there are nearly 10 different types of apples grown right here – including the gorgeous Pink Lady variety that was delivered to my door not so long ago.
They sat on the dining room table for days just looking at me. There weren’t quite enough for a sky-high apple pie and while baked apples were in serious contention I gave in one morning in a fit of post-yoga quick-breakfast cravings to my old fallback of Eat Immediately Apple Bircher Muesli. Yes, it is May, but as with the March installment we’ll call this the April Porridge Calender centrefold.
I am not the best at planning ahead for meals. I always have canned beans on hand because they are usually considered for inclusion 10 minutes rather than 8 hours before dinner – so soaking and boiling, while fulfilling to the soul, is not usually feasible for the immediate needs of the belly. In the same way, soaking oats in juice or milk for Bircher Muesli is never thought of the evening before so I was forced years ago to come up with an equally satisfying dish requiring minutes of prep rather than hours.
You can top this however you’d like but blueberries and almonds are my current favourite. If you prefer a thinner bircher add some juice or milk and stir through. If you want it sweeter add some honey or maple syrup. Make it your own. And with months of apple season ahead of us that tray of baked apples and a sky-high pie will I’m sure show up at some point – yum. Do you have a favourite apple dish I should try?
Apple Bircher Musli
- 1 c rolled oats*
- 1 c natural yoghurt
- 1 apple – cored and grated, peel on
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- handful fresh or frozen blueberries
- sliced almonds
- milk, non-diary milk or apple juice
- honey, agave, maple or rice syrup if desired
Stir together ingredients – oats through cinnamon – until well combined.
Top with blueberries and almonds. Serve with milk or juice if you prefer your bircher thin instead of thick, top with a sweetener if desired. Enjoy.
- If you are gluten free make sure to find un-contaminated oats
Thanks to Bite Communications and Aussie Apples for the apple delivery.