Muesli was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. Muesli in its modern form became popular in western countries starting in the 1960s as part of increased interest in health food and vegetarian diets. Traditional muesli was eaten with orange juice and not milk.
About the author: Chef AJ is a chef and culinary instructor in Los Angeles. The author of UNPROCESSED, she has followed a plant-exclusive diet for more than 35 years and is proud to say that "her IQ is higher than her cholesterol." She is the former executive vegan pastry chef at Sante restaurant and the creator and co-producer of the annual "Healthy Taste of LA." She specialized in plant-indulgent food that is free of sugar, oil, and salt. To learn more about Chef AJ or her events please visit eatunprocessed.com or healthytasteofla.com.
Makes 1-2 servings
1/2 cup of gluten-free oats
2 tablespoons currants
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
1 apple, grated (I prefer Gala)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or roasted cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla
Pour the unsweetened apple juice and unsweetened almond milk in a large glass and stir in the extract, spice, and chia seeds. The chia seeds will swell and become gelatinous, and by the next day will absorb all of the liquid—becoming pudding-like. Place the oats and currants in a medium bowl. Grate the apple over the oats. Pour the liquid mixture over the apple and oats and mix well. Place in the refrigerator covered overnight. In the morning you can enjoy this dish cold or warm it in the microwave. You can also add additional fruits and almond milk, if desired.
Chef’s Note: Both apple pie spice and roasted cinnamon are available at regular grocery stores. Feel free to substitute regular cinnamon. Apple pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace. For a delicious variation, substitute a grated pear for the apple or goji berries for the currants.
Recipe from Unprocessed by Chef AJ
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