After unceremoniously bombarding you with some time-consuming, labor-intensive yet awfully tasty Romanian desserts, I’ve been delving into the realm of no-cook morning delights. Yes, now I’m on a no-cook breakfast spree. So, next on the menu is Muesli with Blueberries and Pistachios.
Muesli is a big morning thing in Europe. I was first introduced to it in the summer of 1997 when I spent a month at a tennis academy in Germany and every day, muesli was my go-to breakfast. Eventually muesli slowly made its way into Romanian stores and dousing it in milk became my favorite morning treat. That and a toast loaded with Nutella. Can’t forget about that!
So when I happened upon this Muesli with Blueberries and Pistachios recipe, my curiosity was peaked and I had to give it a try. I was not disappointed at all granted that it was a far cry from what I was used to growing up and there was no milk in sight. In fact, this recipe is more elaborate, rich in flavors and bold in personality. To be perfectly honest, the original recipe calls for pomegranate and almonds, which you should definitely fold in if you have them on hand, I did not unfortunately; that being said, pomegranate would add a brightly seasonal touch to this muesli in wintertime, so consider them when in season.
This Muesli with Blueberries and Pistachios is a deliciously smooth contraption that you’ll demolish in mere minutes and will keep your tummy happy for hours. In a nutshell, the oats are engulfed in a diluted sea of bright apple juice and water, allowed to soak and plump overnight while still maintaining that distinct grainy texture and clear taste ghostly tinged with a deeper aroma. It might seem soggy at first, but the overnight preparation elevates it to a fine-looking, respectable concoction. The mixture is then thickened with creamy, tart yogurt and drizzled with honey for good measure and an extra hint of sweetness. The blueberries add a meaty sort of dimension and fruity consistency, while the toasted pistachios bring the smoky crunchiness.
This dreamy dish will whet your appetite at first sight and will be a robust start to your day. There’s nothing overly fussy about this bowl of goodness, just a plain old hearty breakfast; a thorough mélange of flavors and textures while still showcasing that pristine muesli identity. Enjoy!
Muesli with Blueberries and Pistachios
Adapted from Bon Appétit (December 2013)
Makes: 4 servings (bowls)
· 2 cups old-fashioned oats
· 1 ½ cups apple juice
· ½ cup water
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· Heaped ¼ cup raisins
· 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
· 1 cup blueberries (or pomegranate seeds or any other fresh fruit you prefer)
· ½ cup chopped toasted pistachios (or almonds etc.)
· Honey or agave nectar or maple syrup
Combine the oats, apple juice, water, vanilla and raisins in a large bowl. Cover and chill overnight. Mix the yogurt into the soaked oats. Divide the mixture among bowls and, dividing evenly, top with blueberries and pistachios. Drizzle with honey, if desired, and serve.
Poftă Bună! (Bon Appétit!)