I have a confession to make.... I really don't like breakfast!
I really love food, in pretty much any shape or form, but I always struggle with breakfast... All the super tasty stuff is really not healthy.. French toast, croissants, bacon butties... and so when I'm trying to be conscious of what I'm fueling my body with, all these super tasty options go out of the window.
I've tried porridge, which is great when its cold, but it's so heavy I find I can't eat much and so end up getting hungry again very quickly... (anyone else? or does this just happen to me?)
BUT.... I do believe I've found THE perfect breakfast..
This take on traditional Bircher is a healthy, light and filling breakfast that is super versatile and easy to prep ahead..
I love this recipe because it take about 5 mins to make and then you have a good 3 or 4 days of super tasty breakfast waiting in the fridge. The recipe itself is actually quite plain; oats, chia seeds, apple and nut milk. But the simplicity of this bircher makes it perfect for pimping... meaning you can have a different breakfast every day!
Some of my favourite 'pimping' options are:
- Blueberries, figs and homemade granola (as in the pic)
- Yogurt, rhubarb compote, pomegranate and pistachio.
- Spiced apple compote, raspberries and granola.
But the options are endless, whatever fruit is in season will make a fab topping!
What I really love about this recipe is that it's really light, although made with the same oats I'd make my porridge with, by adding the chia seeds it really lightens it up, it's not stodgy at all.
And I love that it's so easy! I keep mine in a big bowl in the fridge, but you could just as easily portion it up into kilner jars ready for the week ahead.
Makes 4 or 5 portions and will keep for 3/4 days in the fridge, maybe longer in sealed kilner jars.
100g rolled oats
30g chia seeds
1 large or 2 smaller sweet and juicy apples (I like to use Pink Lady)
Approximately 450ml of your favourite nut milk (I especially like cashew, it's so creamy!)
Optional - swapping 100ml (or to taste) of nut milk for apple juice if you'd like your bircher a little sweeter
toppings of your choice......
Combine the oats and the chia seeds, grate the apples into the mixture (I leave the skin on for some extra fibre!).
Add the milk, stir, cover and leave overnight or for at least a couple of hours so that the chia seeds and oats can soak up the liquid. In the morning you will find it has thickened up quite a bit, so you can add more milk if you wish until you get it to a consistency you like.
Add whatever toppings you like and off you go....