Muesli was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. Muesli in its modern form became popular in western countries starting in the 1960s as part of increased interest in health food and vegetarian diets. Traditional muesli was eaten with orange juice and not milk.
- ½ cup of gluten-free oats
- 2 Tablespoons currants
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (recipe to follow)
- ¼ cup unsweetened apple juice
- 1 apple, grated (I prefer Gala)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon apple pie spice or roasted cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla
Pour the unsweetened apple juice and unsweetened almond milk in a large glass and
stir in the extract, spice, and chia seeds. Place the oats and currants in a medium bowl. Grate the apple over the oats. Pour the liquid mixture over the apple and oats and mix well. Place in the refrigerator covered overnight. The chia seeds will swell and become gelatinous and the next day will have absorbed all of the liquid and become almost like a pudding. In the morning you can enjoy this dish cold or warm in the microwave. You can also add additional fruits and almond milk, if desired.
Both apple pie spice and roasted cinnamon is available at Ralph's and Krogers. Feel free to substitute regular cinnamon. Apple pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace. For a delicious variation, substitute a grated pear for the apple or goji berries for the currants.
Chef AJ has followed a plant-based diet for over 33 years. She works as a chef and culinary instructor in Los Angeles. She is also the creator and co-producer of www.HealthyTasteofLA.com, an annual event in Redondo Beach, California where the finest in plant based cuisine meets the best in nutritional science. These receipes are provided for your enjoyment by Chef AJ. For other delicious, nutritious recipes, visit www.chefajshealthykitchen.com.