Mornings, for me, set the tone for the day.
Of course, since having children I’ve discovered that nights set the tone for mornings. Last night I was up from 2 am onward, pacing the living room with a feverish baby.
You wouldn’t think I’d be capable of having a good morning after a night like that – but I actually did.
- Hot coffee.
- Muesli waiting for me in the fridge.
- Sleeping baby.
This combination, with homemade bread if you’ve got it, is glorious. It really is.
To make muesli, I tweak a recipe that was passed on to me by a dear friend with a Swiss background. I’ve recently noticed that muesli is making a comeback under the name “overnight oats”. I’m not sure why. Either way, I’m happy to sing the praises of this lovely concoction, which doesn’t care what name you pin to it.
The best thing about this recipe is that it takes about 5 minutes to prepare. Seriously.
Here’s the lowdown on how to make it.
Once the kids are tucked in and the moon is out, fill a bowl with old-fashioned rolled oats (don’t even look at the quick oats).
Pour in some milk or apple juice until the liquid rests just above the surface of the oats. Mix in chia and amaranth seeds, and give the whole thing a good stir. If you don’t have chia or amaranth on hand, that’s fine, you can skip this step. Cover the muesli with a dishcloth and put it in the fridge.
Go to bed.
Wake up with baby as necessary. Get to know your house in the dark. Be careful of random toys scattered on the floor.
Feel your baby’s forehead. Watch her fall asleep.
When hunger strikes, open the refrigerator. There’s your muesli. Isn’t it beautiful? Just waiting for you.
While your coffee is brewing, add yoghurt, nuts, seeds and fruit to the muesli, and top it off with honey. Make some toast if you feel like it.
Bring your breakfast to the table. Then pull up a chair, kick back, and watch the sun rise above the horizon.
A FEW NOTES
My favourite toppings (highly determined by what’s available here) are natural yoghurt, roasted almonds, amaranth seeds, banana, strawberry, and blackberry. When friends bring it down from Canada, I definitely add maple syrup. I sometimes sprinkle granola on top for extra crunchiness.
This recipe is all about the tweaks. You can experiment with coconut milk, almond milk, cashews, dates, acai berries, blueberries…. Play around! It’s a very forgiving recipe.
Perfect for the earliest of mornings.