If your New Year’s resolution includes eating as many local ingredients as possible, start the year right by updating breakfast with Swiss-style Bircher Muesli. This recipe is from Foodland Ontario. Soak rolled oats in calcium-rich milk overnight, then stir in diced Ontario apples, dried fruit and nuts drizzled with local honey. You’ll feel satisfied for hours.
Oats are soaked beforehand instead of cooked in the morning, making it an ideal healthy breakfast for time-starved cooks. While the recipe originates in Switzerland, it makes use of Ontario’s apples, honey or maple syrup and calcium-rich dairy.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Soaking Time: 4 hours
1/2 cup (125 mL) large flake rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup (125 mL) milk
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) cinnamon
1 small Ontario Apple (unpeeled)
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped almonds
2 tbsp (25 mL) raisins, dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup (50 mL) plain or vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp (15 mL) Ontario Honey or Maple Syrup
In medium bowl, combine oats, milk and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, dice apple. Stir apple, almonds and raisins into oatmeal mixture. Divide between bowls; top with yogurt and drizzle with honey.
Tip: Vary the fruit according to Ontario’s seasons. Try other nuts or dried fruit to suit your taste.
Nutritional Information: (one serving)
Protein: 9 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Carbohydrate: 48 grams
Fibre: 5 grams
Sodium: 57 mg