Eating a tasty, nutritious breakfast is a great way to help kick-start your day the best way you can. Make a big batch of healthy cereal, then store it in an airtight container for up to four weeks. I’ve given you two great ways to serve it here, but feel free to come up with your own ideas.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 mins

Ingredients

for the cereal:
 2/3 cup dried fruit, such as
 golden raisins, raisins, dried apricots
 3⁄4 cup mixed unsalted nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts
 1/3 cup1⁄3mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy
 4 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
 optional: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 milk or plain yogurt, to serve
for bircher muesli (serves 4):
 1 apple
 roughly 400ml milk
Equipment
 Measuring cups
 Cutting board
 Knife
 Large mixing bowl
 Optional: measuring spoons
 Wooden spoon
 Airtight container
 Optional: box grater
 Optional: plastic wrap

Directions

To make the cereal
1

Roughly chop any larger dried fruit and nuts, then place into a large bowl along with the seeds, oats and cinnamon (if using).

2

Tip into an airtight container.

To serve the cereal
3

Place a handful of cerealroughly 1⁄2 cup) per person to your serving bowls.

4

Add milk or plain yogurt and chopped fresh fruit, if you like, then serve.

To make bircher muesli (serves 4)
5

Add 2 cups of cereal to a large bowl.

6

Place a box grater on a board, then coarsely grate the apple, discarding the core. Add it to your oaty cereal.

7

Pour over enough milk to cover, then mix well.

8

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then put in the refrigerator to soak overnight.

9

When you’re ready to eat, give the bircher a good stir, divide between your bowls, then serve with chopped fresh fruit, if you like.

Ingredients

for the cereal:
 2/3 cup dried fruit, such as
 golden raisins, raisins, dried apricots
 3⁄4 cup mixed unsalted nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts
 1/3 cup1⁄3mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy
 4 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
 optional: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 milk or plain yogurt, to serve
for bircher muesli (serves 4):
 1 apple
 roughly 400ml milk
Equipment
 Measuring cups
 Cutting board
 Knife
 Large mixing bowl
 Optional: measuring spoons
 Wooden spoon
 Airtight container
 Optional: box grater
 Optional: plastic wrap

Directions

To make the cereal
1

Roughly chop any larger dried fruit and nuts, then place into a large bowl along with the seeds, oats and cinnamon (if using).

2

Tip into an airtight container.

To serve the cereal
3

Place a handful of cerealroughly 1⁄2 cup) per person to your serving bowls.

4

Add milk or plain yogurt and chopped fresh fruit, if you like, then serve.

To make bircher muesli (serves 4)
5

Add 2 cups of cereal to a large bowl.

6

Place a box grater on a board, then coarsely grate the apple, discarding the core. Add it to your oaty cereal.

7

Pour over enough milk to cover, then mix well.

8

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then put in the refrigerator to soak overnight.

9

When you’re ready to eat, give the bircher a good stir, divide between your bowls, then serve with chopped fresh fruit, if you like.

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