a brighter breakfast

In the battle that is sleep versus breakfast, breakfast will never be completely defeated: however, it does lose some territory now and then. Recently the desire to snooze and to sleep an extra few minutes has been the stronger opponent, which is to say that I'm in a bit of a breakfast rut. Thank goodness for granola, oatmeal, steel-cut oats and boiled eggs. They're all breakfast standards, delicious and reliable, but when repeated again and again, my faovurite meal of the day becomes a real snooze.

My years in Germany has made me a believer in the trinity that is rolled oats, a liquid of some sort - be it apple juice, yogurt, or almond milk - and an overnight stay in the fridge. My go to version of Bircher Muesli is with almond milk, fresh mint, shredded apple and chopped date. As good as that version is, sometimes a gal just needs a change and that change involves blood orange, coconut and chocolate. 

This recipes come from Bon Appetit and includes both fresh orange juice and chopped chunks of orange. It is bright and fresh and a very welcome addition to the best of breakfast hits that rotate on my table. Orange is no question great, but blood orange is even greater. As long as the magenta toned citrus is making an appearance at your market, I suggest going for blood orange. The recipe also calls for cacao nibs, which are rather difficult to find in Germany. I used dark chocolate chips (which are also difficult to find in Germany and no question a splurge) and although they add a little more sweetness than cacao nibs, they felt right at home in this Bircher Muesli. 

The best thing about Bircher Muesli is that you do most of the work the night before. Mix, stir, refrigerate. For this particular recipe, in the morning all you have to do is toast some coconut, something that you can mindlessly do while boiling water, and then add the coconut and cacao nibs or chocolate chips the oat mixture. In other words, the snooze button of the alarm might still win but in no way will this compromise your breakfast and make it a snooze. 

Blood Orange Bircher Muesli with Coconut and Chocolate

serves 1

adapted from Bon Appetit 


1/3 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Medjool date, pitted and finely chopped
1/2 blood orange, peeled and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 tbsp blood orange juice (squeezed from the other half)
2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips

The night before, in a small bowl stir together the rolled oats, yogurt, chopped date, orange and orange juice. Cover and chill overnight.

The next morning remove the oats from the fridge and let them come to room temperature. Place the coconut flakes in a skillet over medium heat and toast until golden. Remove from heat and add to the oat mixture. Add the cacao nibs or chocolate chips and eat right away. 


Ammu  – (March 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM)  

Sounds delicious. Breakfast is my favourite meal, but on the mornings when I just need to sleep a little more, I usually eat my homemade granola and a little fruit.

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