Bircher Muesli… vacation in a bowl :)

So, suitNtie and I managed to sneak away for a week earlier this month, right after my finals were done. We took a cruise to the Bahamas. One of the reasons cruising appeals so much to me is that I manage so much of our day to day life at home that it is WONDERFUL to just sit back and let someone else do everything. All you do is show up. And a breakfast buffet is truly one of my favorite things, so I’m a happy girl.

The breakfast buffet is why I’m posting. We loved having a lazy breakfast. We brought our iPads and read books while we ate, usually by a window looking out over the ocean or whatever port we were docked at that day. It was so peaceful and leisurely… such a change from our normal routine. There are very often options we don’t usually have at home, so we try new things when we can. One of the things that suitNtie made me try was a cold oatmeal called Bircher Muesli. I got addicted and ate it Yum. Then I came home and googled recipes… ugh. There are a ton of different variations.

It took a few tries, but eventually, I tweaked and tested and found one that was almost exactly what we had on board (at least, taste wise). I love it because it’s no bake. Mix it all together in a bowl, cover it up, and throw it in the fridge overnight. Awesome!

The Kitchen’s Bircher Muesli (inspired by Norwegian Cruise Line)

2 c. rolled oats
1 c. vanilla soy milk
3/4 c. skim milk
1 palmful of slivered almonds
1 palmful of finely chopped walnuts
1 banana, diced
1 green apple, peeled, cored and food processed (almost into a puree)
1/3 c. raisins (or craisins, to change it up a little)
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 single serving non fat vanilla yogurt cup (we used Stonyfield Farm)
a few dashes of ground cinnamon

Mix everything up into a bowl, cover and put in fridge overnight. In the morning, stir and check consistency. Add more milk if it has all been absorbed, you want this to be so full of moisture that it almost can’t absorb any more, so you see unabsorbed milk hanging out in the bowl.

Suggestions: red grapes, cut in half, are great add ins right before serving. Try other types of nuts. slivered strawberries and blueberries would be amazing. Make it your own!!!