When I got The First Mess Cookbook, the first recipe I made was the Bircher Breakfast. It is the author’s recipe for overnight oats. I didn’t know why it was called Bircher and she didn’t explain it, but being curious, I googled it. It turns out there was a guy named Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a pioneering physician and nutritionist, who created muesli, which consisted of apples, lemon juice, nuts, oats, milk and honey.
I love a good jar of overnight oats for a snack and I have been known to make them with bananas, peanut butter and sometimes chia seeds. For this variation, I was inspired by the original but the original proportions skewed heavily to the apple and not the oats so this is more oats than apple. I love it and I think you will too. It is healthy, delicious, and a great on-the-go breakfast or snack!
Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oats
Inspired by the original overnight oats, Bircher Muesli, this variation of overnight oats is one healthy breakfast or snack!
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla
- 1/2 apple, grated (use what you like, I love Gala and Pink Lady!)
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup plant milk (I like homemade cashew)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Add the oats, hemp seeds, and vanilla to a jar.
Grate half of the apple on a box grater and save the rest for another snack and garnish. Toss with fresh lemon juice. Add the grated apples to the jar. Stir around.
Add the plant milk and maple syrup and stir around. Add a shake of cinnamon. Cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
To eat, garnish with chopped almonds and freshly diced apples. Enjoy!