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  • Writer's pictureEmily Yeo

Blueberry Bircher Muesli

The weather here in Brisbane has been pretty chilly lately so anything warm is a serious hell yeah for breakfast. And while smoothies are always going to be a winner for me, this simple vegan blueberry birch muesli is creeping up there too. I’m a huuuge fan of easy breakfasts, but totally not a morning person. So I’m totally into this kind of recipes. It is just so super creamy, and the lemon adds an amazing zing to the bircher muesli while the blueberries just burst with deliciousness! The blueberries and soy milk which I use go so well together, you don’t get an overpowering taste of either, with just a subtle hint of warming from the maple syrup, so it all comes together super nicely.

I made up a word – supersessibles. Accessible super foods. Because whilst all those exotic foods, powders, berries and spices that line the health food store shelves are alluring with their long list of nutritional claims (and to be fair, some of them are actually quite worthwhile taking!), the hefty price tag makes it something that you’d need to save for special occasions. And good health shouldn’t be a special occasion; it should be accessible, always.

So, I do love my super foods every now and then, and they certainly spruce up a smoothie if you’re feeling flat, but there are plenty of everyday unsung heroes in my local supermarket or Farmer’s Market that will do just fine. And, an added benefit – buying local of course means you save on the food miles. One of my favourite supersessibles are oats. Oats are a fantastic source of your B vitamins; they contain a range of minerals, and are great for cardiovascular health. Also, chia’s brain boosting power comes from their high levels of omega 3 which plays an important role in maintaining heart and brain health. Not only are chia seeds great for your brain but they are also rich in fibre which aids the control of blood sugar levels as well as reducing the risk of developing heart disease and obesity. In addition chia seeds are a source of the B vitamins Niacin and Thiamine which play a vital role in maintaining a healthy nervous system.

I’m a very nostalgic person, especially with food. Omma used to take me to ai Swiss restaurant back in Singapore to get their bircher muesli. It was full of oats, of course, but also blueberries, which made it rich and absolutely delicious. I haven’t had it in forever, but it is something I’ve always remembered. And having been an avid eater of regular, non vegan bircher muesli for many years, I obviously wasn’t going to settle for a vegan version that didn’t taste exactly as good. I’m not a massive fan of drink soy milk plain, but when it is mixed with all the other flavours, it is the perfect texture for bircher muesli. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between this version and the original!

You’ll notice that for the oats, I used frozen blueberries. I like the way they yield liquid when they are thawed, which further enriches the finished oats with sweetness and a beautiful colour. The fun part of course, is topping your vegan bircher muesli with ALL the good things you love! In my case, it’s always berries and a few extra seeds. You guys KNOW how much I love my berries! But whatever you like, even if it’s just the plain bircher muesli, it’s going to be amazing! I really hope you like this recipe as much as I do!


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