Fresh fruit muesli

Fresh fruit muesli


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About this recipe: Fresh muesli, moist from soaking and rich with juicy fruit, is a revelation to those who have only eaten dried muesli. It has the soft consistency of porridge but the freshness of raw ingredients. This one is chock-full of both dried and ripe fresh fruit, making it a very satisfying way to start the day.

Norma MacMillan

Serves: 6 

  • 85 g (3 oz) bulghur wheat
  • 115 g (4 oz) porridge oats
  • 240 ml (8 fl oz) apple juice
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) slivered unblanched almonds
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp shelled raw sunflower seeds
  • 10 ready-to-eat dried apricots, diced
  • 10 ready-to-eat dried figs, stalks removed, then diced
  • 3 tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • 2 green-skinned dessert apples, cored and coarsely grated
  • 1 large or 2 small sharon fruit (persimmon), peeled and diced
  • 1 passion fruit
  • few drops of pure almond extract (optional)
  • To decorate
  • pomegranate seeds or blueberries
  • extra diced sharon fruit (persimmon)

Prep:45min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the bulghur wheat with 240 ml (8 fl oz) water and stir to combine. Cover and leave to soak for 30 minutes to soften the bulghur. Drain well in a sieve and return to the bowl.
  2. Add the porridge oats, apple juice, almonds, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, apricots, figs, brown sugar, grated apple and diced sharon fruit. Fold into the bulghur wheat.
  3. Cut the passion fruit in half. Place a sieve over the bowl of muesli and spoon the passion fruit pulp and seeds into it. Press until the juice has gone through the sieve and only the seeds are left behind. Discard the seeds.
  4. Add the almond extract, if using, and a little more apple juice if needed to make a moist but not sloppy consistency. Keep, covered, in the fridge until ready to eat, then serve topped with pomegranate seeds or blueberries, whichever is in season, plus additional sharon fruit. The muesli can be kept in the fridge, tightly covered, for up to 2 days. Stir it well before serving, and then add the fresh fruit decoration.

Some more ideas

This makes a wonderful breakfast for those who do not eat dairy products. If you do eat dairy products, consider serving a large spoonful of plain yogurt on top of your muesli or perhaps layering it with yogurt, like a sundae. * Use nectarines or firm pears instead of sharon fruit. * Substitute a handful of dried cherries for the dried apricots. * Use pear juice or white grape juice instead of apple juice. * Decorate each serving with fresh cherries instead of pomegranate seeds or blueberries.

Plus points

Porridge oats are an excellent source of soluble fibre which can help to reduce high blood cholesterol levels. * Sunflower seeds are a rich source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to protect cell membranes from damage by free radicals (thus helping to protect against heart disease and cancer). They also provide useful amounts of the B vitamins B1 and niacin, and the mineral zinc. * Dried figs are a good source of potassium, calcium and iron as well as fibre, both soluble and insoluble (which helps to prevent constipation).

Each serving provides

E * B1, C, iron * B2, folate, niacin, calcium, potassium, zinc

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